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7 July 1991: You are the commander of a B-1 supersonic bomber flying a routine strategic deterrence mission over Thule Air Force Base, Greenland. The radio man reports receiving a top-priority coded message from the Airborne Command Post:
You swallow hard, trying not to think of your wife and children, sleeping at this moment unaware in their comfortable suburban Maryland home near Washington, D.C. There are no safe rear areas in nuclear war. Slowly and deliberately, you dial the combination of the safe you hoped you would never have to open, throw the bolt, and remove the sealed envelope marked ALPHA-5. Opening it, you read
You get a course to Moscow from the navigator, turn the nose of your B-1 toward the U.S.S.R., and prepare to carry out your mission. Perhaps if your family is lucky they will die quickly in their sleep. Meanwhile, your job is to make sure that aggression is punished. The politicians will have to try to pick up the pieces later, if any . . .
This game gives you the opportunity to be the captain of a B-1 bomber on a mission over the Soviet Union. You must fly the plane through the stiff Russian defenses to the target city, bomb it, and return home. Your computer controls the Soviet air defense bases with their almost unlimited numbers of MIG's (fighters) and SAM's (surface-to-air missiles). Your only chance to get through is to rely on the superior technology of your sophisticated ECM (electronic counter measures) and self-defense missiles. When all else fails, you can try violent evasive maneuvers.
Contributed by Nélio (2010) on Jun 05, 2005.
B-1 NUCLEAR BOMBER-You are the pilot of a B-1 bomber on a mission over the Soviet Union. You must fly through stiff Russian defenses to the target city, bomb it and return home. Your computer controls the Soviet MIG fighters and surface-to-air missiles. You must rely on your electronic counter measures and self-defense missiles. Available on cassette for the Atari 4/8/1200XL [16K], Commodore 64, VIC-20 [16K], TI-99/4A [16K], Timex Sinclair [16K], TRS-80 Mods. I/III [16K], Apple II, I1+, IIe [16K], and Pet [16K]. Available on diskette for TRS-80 Mods. I/III [32K], Apple II, I1+, IIe [48K], Atari 4/8/1200XL [24K], and IBM PC [48K].
Contributed by Nélio (2010) on May 29, 2005.
B-1 is a computer simulation of a manned bomber nuclear strike mission into Soviet Russia. The player gives commands to the computer which 'flies' the bomber on the mission. The bomber must fly to within bomb range of its target to deliver its weapon. It is opposed by nuclear-armed MIG's and SAM's of the USSR's air defense system. It defends itself with ECM, evasive action and nuclear tipped multi-purpose Phoenix missiles.
Contributed by Nélio (2010) on May 26, 2005.