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Strike Force Harrier

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Atari ST
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ZX Spectrum
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4.2
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Description

Rod Hyde was always determined to produce the most realistic and advanced flight simulations ever, and this early attempt at recreating the Harrier is an example of that. There are 3 skill levels, as well as two practice modes - one for the rudiments of flight and the other for combat. The action-centered nature of the title means that it can be seen as an advanced shoot 'em up rather than a pukka flight simulator.

Acquiring a lock on enemy planes and tanks is made easier by the advanced targeting technology of the planes, and escaping enemy fire is aided by the vectored thrust system. Shooting out the tanks clears ground space to set up your own bases, which must then be defended. VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) is correctly implemented, although more traditional horizontal take-offs should be used when space permits. The full range of weapons are provided; experience will tell you which to use in which situations, based on enemy volume and range.

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Strike Force Harrier Atari ST Through snow
Strike Force Harrier Atari ST Close to some hills
Strike Force Harrier Atari ST Oh great, now I'm upside down
Strike Force Harrier MSX Combat summary (MSX2)

Alternate Titles

  • "V/Stol Fighter" -- Japanese title
  • "Harrier Flight Simulator" -- Used on Amiga Workbench loading screen

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The Press Says

Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Jan, 1987 80 out of 100 80
Happy Computer Atari ST 1986 63 out of 100 63
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60

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