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Flight Simulator II

MobyRank MobyScore
Apple II
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3.3
TRS-80 CoCo
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...
PC-98
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4.2
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Description

This flight simulator simulates a real aircraft, the Piper PA-28-181 Archer II. For those with the knowledge, it offers practice with the variables of flight, including the avionics. The Atari ST-release (1986), instead, simulates the Cessna 182RG single engine propeller aircraft and the Gates Learjet 25G twin engine jet.

The game has more features than first generation flight simulators. Pilots are expected to pay attention to small details. SubLOGIC encouraged the players to go to flight stores and purchase flight-training manuals and aeronautical charts to help them understand the variables within the program. The game is oriented toward pilots-in-training, but there are options for laymen too: an easy mode, and a slightly more detailed reality mode. These modes do not require the same level of knowledge.

Flight Simulator II is packaged with a WWI dogfighting game, called WWI Ace. In this game the plane is armed with bombs, machine guns, and a radar screen. The radar screen is anachronistic for a game set in World War I, but it is there to make the gameplay easier.

Screenshots

Flight Simulator II Amiga Adjusting the control sensitivity.
Flight Simulator II TRS-80 CoCo Title screen
Flight Simulator II TRS-80 CoCo You can play the game normally or watch a demo; switching modes requires restarting the game
Flight Simulator II Atari 8-bit About to take of (color)

Alternate Titles

  • "subLOGIC Flight Simulator II" -- In-game title
  • "AM-FS2" -- Amiga title
  • "A2-FS2" -- Abbreviated Apple II title

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The Press Says

Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1990 90 out of 100 90
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1990 88 out of 100 88
Micro 7 Apple II Jun, 1984 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1990 67 out of 100 67
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Amiga Nov, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Atari 8-bit Nov, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Nov, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
The Video Game Critic Atari 8-bit Dec 28, 2002 D- 16

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Trivia

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th Anniversary Issue) - #79 on the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 04/1985 - #5 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (Commodore 64, Apple II and Atari 8-bit version)

Related Web Sites

  • Flight Simulator History (A thorough timeline and gallery for the subLOGIC/Microsoft Flight Simulator, from 1980-2005.)
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