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Reach for the Skies is a combat flight sim focused on WWII's famous "Battle of Britain", splitting the battle into four stages and giving you the option to take part for either the Royal Air Force or the German Luftwaffe. As well as piloting a plane, you can also take on Controller duties, of planning which planes to deploy where on each day, trying to minimise losses.

Eight planes are simulated, from Hurricanes and Spitfires to Ju88s and BF110s, each with their own cockpit displays and characteristics. When playing as the Germans, protecting the fragile and slow Ju88 bombers is crucial. There is a practice mode with indestructible planes, realism levels can be adjusted, and time can be accelerated while an enemy plane is not in sight.

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Reach for the Skies Atari ST Searching for enemies
Reach for the Skies DOS Rear gunner's view in a Heinkel
Reach for the Skies Amiga External view
Reach for the Skies DOS Game type selection

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Amiga Format Amiga Jul, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Atari ST User Atari ST Jan, 1993 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jun, 1993 9 out of 12 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Play Time DOS Mar, 1993 74 out of 100 74
PC Joker DOS Jun, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Joker Amiga May, 1993 60 out of 100 60
CU Amiga Amiga Jan, 1993 59 out of 100 59
Play Time Amiga Aug, 1993 56 out of 100 56
PC Player (Germany) DOS Mar, 1993 48 out of 100 48

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Contributed to by Andrew Hartnett (2177), sfzdk (169) and Martin Smith (62888)