DescriptionFly as an American or German pilot in the years 1943-1945 in this WWII air combat simulation. This game features several experimental German aircraft to try out. Can you alter the outcome of WWII with them? The experimental German planes include Messerschmitt 262, Me163 Komet rocket plane, and the Gotha "flying wing". You can also fly the traditional ME109 or FW190 piston engine aircraft.
As for the American side, you can take to the skies in the P-51 Mustang, P-47 Thunderbolt, or the B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. In the B-17, you can not only control the plane itself, but also the gun turrets and the bombing sight.
Next to training missions for each aircraft, there are several historical missions available, recreating real air encounters of the war.
The Tour of Duty mode allows you to take your pilot through a set number of missions, gaining promotions and medals, with the ultimate goal of surviving the tour.
Finally, there's the strategic campaign mode where you can fight the whole war from either side, both planning and flying missions. As the Americans, the objective is to cripple Germany's industry through strategic bombardment. As the Germans, you have to survive by keeping the industry alive. As time passes, new aircraft become available, in accordance with history. For instance, the Mustang was not deployed until late 1943. For the German side, the jet and rocket aircraft have to be researched before they can be built. The German side can also build V1 and V2 missiles. Another option is to let industrial branches work in secret to hinder the American bombing efforts.
Other interesting features are a mission editor and a film playback option.
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- "納粹飛行祕史" -- Chinese title (traditional)
- "SWOTL" -- Common abbreviation
Part of the Following Groups
- Aircraft: B-17 Flying Fortress
- Aircraft: Focke-Wulf Fw 190
- Aircraft: Horten Ho 229
- Aircraft: Messerschmitt Bf 109
- Aircraft: Messerschmitt Me 163
- Aircraft: Messerschmitt Me 262
- Aircraft: P-47 Thunderbolt
- Aircraft: P-51 Mustang
- Games with code-wheel copy protection
- Historical conflict: World War II
- Lucasfilm WWII Air Combat trilogy
- Secret Weapons series
|Eclipsed by other flight sims of its day, SWOTL remains fun and accessible.||Les Nessman (281)|
|The ultimate WWII air combat simulator||Raphael (1261)|
|Awesome variety of aircraft and missions||Dasharatha (10)|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Dec, 1991||90|
|PC-Spiele '92||1991||9 out of 10||90|
|PC Format (UK)||Oct, 1991||88 out of 100||88|
|Power Play||Nov, 1991||88 out of 100||88|
|PC Joker||1991||87 out of 100||87|
|PC Games (Germany)||Jan, 1993||86 out of 100||86|
|Play Time||Oct, 1991||83 out of 100||83|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Oct, 1991||9 out of 12||75|
|PC Player (Germany)||Mar, 1995||68 out of 100||68|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Nov, 1991||Unscored||Unscored|
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Add-onsFour extra aircraft were released as separate add-ons: the P-38 Lightning and P-80 Shooting Star for the USAAF and the He 162 Volksjäger and Do 335 Pfeil for the Luftwaffe.
Cancelled versionsAlso advertised for the Amiga and Atari ST as due in 1991.
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 12/1999 - #72 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
- PC Games (Germany)
- Issue 01/1993– #2 Best Simulation in 1992