Solo Flight

aka: Vol Solo
Moby ID: 1363
Atari 8-bit Specs

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A simulation that has you flying Mail runs from many different airports in one of three states of America which are Kansas, Colorado and Washington (choosing Washington does allow you to fly in neighbouring state Oregon as well). Advanced features include VOR towers readings, DME and ILS.

Score for choices made meaning you must ponder certain things like how much fuel you might need for each delivery. Each mail delivered is to a different airport but the option is also there to carry several loads, each an additional weight that needs to be taken into account. Having a heavier payload means burning more fuel and a difference to how the plane handles, but potentially a higher score can result.

Various weather conditions such as clear, nightime, light cloud and even a heavy cloud that requires IFR skills. It's entirely possible to fly using just instruments in total cloud blindness up until the point you pop out of a cloud to see the runway hopefully as you had planned. Indeed an accurately planned route using both VORS can have yourself precisely lined up and ready for a final descent using ILS.

You really do need the maps though and attempting Solo Flight without them is fairly pointless - playing this seriously requires maps for VOR plotting.

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Average score: 65% (based on 4 ratings)

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Average score: 3.8 out of 5 (based on 14 ratings with 1 reviews)

Do you like flight sims with a difference? then you should try this

The Good
A simulation that has you flying Mail runs from many different airports in one of 5 states of America.For a game that arrived some 24 years ago now, it still manages to feature an impressive amount of remarkable details for the time, such as VOR towers readings, DME, ILS, and coupled with the game aspect that is to deliver post, Solo Flight is clearly quite unlike what you will have played before

Score for choices made meaning you must ponder certain things like how much fuel you might need for each delivery.Each mail delivered is to a different airport but the option is also there to carry several loads, each an additional weight that needs to be taken into account.Having a heavier payload means burning more fuel but it's also a potentially higher score as well.It's this design that makes Solo Flight so intensely fun each time

Weather conditions such as clear, nighttime, light cloud and even a heavy cloud that requires IFR skills - it's entirely possible to fly using just instruments in blindness up until the point you pop out of a cloud to see the runway hopefully as you had planned.Plot your route accurately using both VORS and you could have yourself precisely lined up and ready for a final descent using ILS.

Relatively slow vector graphics do a perfectly reasonable job at conveying distance and speed, with extra believability heightened further by the effective use of C64 sound.Once you get past what is obviously quite a primitive simulation by today's visual standards, you will truly feel delighted with what Solo Flight does differently.An increase here to speed or improvement to visuals anyway would destroy a lot of how immersive this feels given the physics were planned round these limits.

One of a kind here so give it a try but please do understand that great though this is, you're unlikely to be bowled over by it's seemingly naff movement and presentation at first - it's over 20 years old of course.

Other versions exist but the C64 by comparison was more realistic in colour palette and certainly less garish

You really do need the maps though and attempting Solo Flight without them is fairly pointless - playing this seriously requires maps for VOR plotting

The Bad
I liked it all.

The Bottom Line
Without equal.

Commodore 64 · by Adrian Harverson (7) · 2008

Trivia

2nd Edition re-release

The Solo Flight (2nd Edition) Commodore 64 re-release from 1985 adds a flight tutor with voice acting.

Awards

  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #30 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

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Game added by Will D.

Thomson TO, Thomson MO added by Rola. Commodore 64 added by Rebound Boy. Atari 8-bit, Apple II added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Rola, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.

Game added February 19, 2020. Last modified September 16, 2023.