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Crimson Skies is an arcade flight simulator, set in an alternate reality in the year 1937. Based on a FASA pen-and-paper game, the player is cast as a daring rogue who flies missions for fame and fortune. The planes look like a mixture of futuristic planes and planes from WW2.

The single player missions let the player complete jobs such as finding a treasure, hijacking an experimental plane from the enemy or defending their base, a huge zeppelin.


Crimson Skies Windows Looks like these bogies want to dance. Teach them how to get down (in flames).
Crimson Skies Windows Nathan's office overlooking the hangar area
Crimson Skies Windows Seems the Russians have decided to donate some of their fuel for our zeppelin. Umm, better get out of here before they figure it out.
Crimson Skies Windows Title Screen

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User Reviews

Cool and unique retro-styled masterpiece Zovni (9308) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
Not much for the hard core simmer, but likely the most fun you'll ever have Maury Markowitz (236) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
A lot of fun, a lot of shooting, but the stunt flying parts can leave you frustrated Kasey Chang (3612) unrated
Indiana Jones and the Barnstormers from Hell! Dr.Bedlam (53) unrated
These guys almost had it perfect! William Shawn McDonie (1088) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamezilla Oct 20, 2000 92 out of 100 92
Absolute Games ( Oct 10, 2000 90 out of 100 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Oct 13, 2000 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 2000 89 out of 100 89
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 8.75 out of 10 88
GameStar (Germany) Oct, 2000 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 86 out of 100 86
GameSpy Sep 30, 2000 84 out of 100 84 Aug 03, 2006 16 out of 20 80
PC Gamer Brasil Dec, 2000 76 out of 100 76


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1001 Video Games

Crimson Skies appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The original release of the game was extremely buggy with several engine-related problems, but worse than those was a horrible bug that erased your single player campaign whenever you started a multiplayer game. This was addressed on the very first patch, however.


During installation of the game you are treated to a radio play featuring Nathan Zachery (the player character) and the Fortune Hunters. However, on faster machines, the installation finishes before the radio play does... and cuts the drama short!


The introduction movie to Crimson Skies is done in the style of 1930s newsreel footage... complete with propaganda.


In addition to the game, Crimson Skies universe also extends to a tabletop RPG, novels a comic book line and a planned, but never made, movie from Dreamworks.


One of the features in the game is the ability to change your "momento" on the "stateroom" screen. The momento is a picture frame containing B&W photographs of a variety of subjects, mostly women, but also of your dog, yourself, and yourself with Black Swan. As you win more missions, you can get even more pictures to put inside.

You can export most items you "won" in your scrapbook to your Windows desktop. For example, when you took out the sub, you get a picture of your gang posing with a life preserver from the sub. You can export that to desktop! You can also export most of those women pictures (such as the one in the screenshots).


  • GameSpy
    • 2000 – Special Award for Sound
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2001 - Best Simulation in 2000
Information also contributed by Kasey Chang and WildKard

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DaHero (857) added Crimson Skies (Windows) on Sep 01, 2000