aka: F-16 Fighting Falcon 2, Falcon: The F-16 Fighter Simulation
Moby ID: 1627
DOS Specs
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The long Falcon simulation legacy of hardcore simulations of the F-16 fighter plane begins here. The plane's electronic displays and radars are simulated fully, with 4 styles of HUD. Not only can your plane barrel-roll and scissor, the enemy planes can too, with Artificial Intelligence recreating the moves of a real pilot. This was one of the earliest games to offer head-to-head play by linking two machines. It comes with a massive manual, detailing all those functions.

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Credits (DOS version)

13 People

Concept and Design
IBM programming
Special programming thanks
Program graphics
3-D graphics routines
Product management
Cover art



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There are two expansion disks available:

  • Falcon Operation: Counterstrike
  • Falcon Operation: Firefight

Each of the mission disks requires the full version of the original game. Additionally, the first mission disk bugfixes some issues eg. landings have become much easier (as reported in Compute! Magazine)

Cancelled ports

The game was originally created for Macintosh and DOS and later on was supposed to be ported on many platforms. However, after Amiga, Atari ST and PC-98 versions (the latter was titled "F-16 Fighting Falcon 2") and released much later Amiga CDTV version, most of the planned ports did not make it even to the development stage. Sega Genesis that was supposed to support TeleGenesis Modem peripheral was planned but never released. SNES version also did not go any further than plans. Atari Jaguar version went into development but eventually it was cancelled.


  • ACE
    • October 1988 (issue #13) - Included in the Top-100 list of 1987/1988 (editorial staff selection)
  • Amiga Power
    • May 1991 (Issue #00) - #8 in the "All Time Top 100 Amiga Games"
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Issue 06/1989 - Winner Golden Joystick Award 1989 for Best 16-Bit Simulation Game (reader's vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #20 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1989 - Best Simulation in 1988
  • ST Format
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Old man gamer.

Windows added by Plok. PC-98 added by Infernos. Amiga added by Martin Smith. Macintosh added by Terok Nor. CDTV added by ケヴィン. Atari ST added by Belboz.

Additional contributors: vedder, Patrick Bregger, mailmanppa, Jo ST, Infernos, RetroArchives.fr.

Game added June 17, 2000. Last modified January 29, 2024.