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Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain

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MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
79
3.8
Atari ST
...
3.8
DOS
84
3.6
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Description

The second of Lucasfilm Games' air combat simulations and follow-up to Battlehawks 1942, Their Finest Hour recreates the Battle of Britain during WWII in the summer of 1940.

Players can fly both for the German Luftwaffe and the British Royal Air Force.

On the British side, two planes are available: the Spitfire and the Hurricane. For the Germans, there is the fighter Bf 109, the heavy fighter/fighter bomber Bf 110, the infamous Ju 87 Stuka dive bomber, and the three light/medium bombers Do 17, He 111 and Ju 88.

Next to training missions for every plane, there are several historical combat missions to be flown. In accordance with history, most RAF missions consist of defense assignments - intercepting and destroying German bombers. Most Luftwaffe missions are attack runs - either flying the bomber escort or the bombers themselves. In the heavier planes, not only can the pilot of the plane be controlled, but also the gunner(s), and, in the bombers, the bombardier.

The special Campaign Mode allows one to actually change the historical outcome of the Battle of Britain. On a strategic map, planes must be organized into groups and assigned to missions, one of which must be flown. The outcome of that mission affects those of all others and also the status of the overall campaign. The British side wins by simply surviving for a certain time or by destroying enough German aircraft. The German side wins by destroying enough RAF fighters, either in the air or on the ground.

Also included in the game is a mission builder for designing custom missions, and a film playback option for reviewing recorded flight footage.

Screenshots

Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Atari ST German airman that bailed out as the Do17's went down from my Spitfire's left wing view
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Atari ST Trying to catch the Do17's before bomb release
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Amiga The campaign statistics (RAF)
Their Finest Hour: The Battle of Britain Amiga Spitfires are attempting to intercept the bombers.

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A simple, but very fun WWII Flight sim DOS Ray Soderlund (3500)

The Press Says

Zero DOS Feb, 1990 94 out of 100 94
CU Amiga Amiga May, 1990 91 out of 100 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Dec, 1991 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Power Play DOS Dec, 1989 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1990 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1990 77 out of 100 77
Tilt DOS Mar, 1990 15 out of 20 75
PC Gamer UK DOS Jun, 1994 73 out of 100 73
ST Format Atari ST Jun, 1994 66 out of 100 66

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Trivia

Awards

  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (issue #00) - #93 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer Gaming World
    • September 1991 (Issue #86) – Introduced into the Hall of Fame
    • October 1990 (Issue #74) - Action Game of the Year
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) - #21 in the “150 Best Games of All Time” list
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #3 Best Computer Game in 1989
    • Issue 01/1990 - Best Simulation in 1989
  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #19 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
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