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WarBirds (Windows)

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Description

WarBirds involves dueling with WW2 era fighters and bombers over both mock and historically accurate battlefields.

Players can practice offline against enemy air and ground targets through a training mode or go head to head through matchmaking. The main way to play is to go online and fight for supremacy by choosing a side, and taking over enemy air bases in a continual war.

One of the aspects of the game is the variety of planes, over 50 of them. Most use accurate physics as well as plane modeling and take time to fully master flying. In the bombers, the player may change to gunnery spots or act as the bombardier. In the fighters, the focus is more on engaging enemy screens, bombers, and doing strafing runs on ground targets. In addition to several planes, there are working aircraft carriers, naval ships, and ground vehicles operating in the online arenas.

Screenshots

WarBirds Windows Mission type selection menu
WarBirds Windows The control tower from which you select your planes, missions, map, squadrons, setup and other options before you start your flight
WarBirds Windows The portside view from the cockpit of my B-17.
WarBirds Windows My home airfield comes into view looking portside from my Spitfire

Alternate Titles

  • "战鸟" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "WarBirds: Tag der Entscheidung" -- German title used in print advertisements
  • "Confirmed Kill" -- Beta title prior to v0.94, when Domark was involved.

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The Press Says

GameSpot Aug 12, 1998 8.9 out of 10 89
Gamezilla 1998 89 out of 100 89
NowGamer Jun 30, 1998 7.7 out of 10 77
Svenska PC Gamer Jan, 1999 72 out of 100 72
Computer Games Magazine 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Development

Since the original release, WarBirds has been in continuous operation and received numerous (64, as of September 2012) patches. Those affected not only the usual bug fixes and improvements, but also included regular major content and graphical updates. Owners of the original WarBird are entitled to the current version.

Related Web Sites

  • WarBirds (Game page on official website)
simhead (167) added WarBirds (Windows) on Dec 13, 2002