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In B-1 Nuclear Bomber, you have to "fly" a B-1 bomber to it's destination, and destroy the target of the mission.

You input text commands to control your bomber's altitude, course, radar, weapons, and so on. And, of course, the USSR will try to stop you from bombing their targets, with an arsenal of MiGs and SAMs, and they are dealt with by the use of electronic counter-measures, evasive actions, or by shooting them down.

The game ends when it reaches a logical conclusion, either by deploying your bombs and getting far enough away, returning to base, or being destroyed. After this, you get a short summary, and an option to play again.


B-1 Nuclear Bomber VIC-20 Arming the bomb with the fail safe code.
B-1 Nuclear Bomber TRS-80 Mission intro and target and failsafe code
B-1 Nuclear Bomber TRS-80 Game start and status
B-1 Nuclear Bomber VIC-20 You can use electronic countermeasures (ECM), evasive maneuvering or phoenix missiles to defend the bomber.

Promo Images

B-1 Nuclear Bomber Magazine Advertisement
B-1 Nuclear Bomber Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "核爆撃機" -- Japanese spelling
  • "B-1 Nuclear Bomber Game" -- TRS-80 in-game title
  • "B1 Bomber Game" -- Apple II in-game title
  • "B-1 Bomber Game" -- In-game title
  • "B-1" -- North Star BASIC title

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User Reviews

More of a turn based strategy game than a flight simulator. DOS Nélio (2087)

Critic Reviews

80 Micro TRS-80 Jun, 1981 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Magazine DOS Jul 24, 1984 4.5 out of 18 25
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Nov, 1981 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apple II Jun, 1991 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars 0


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Avalon Hill discontinued B-1 Nuclear Bomber in 1986.


M. Evan Brooks about the game:
its play mechanics are embarrassing in the contemporary market; in fact, its play mechanics were embarrassing when it was initially released.
M. Evan Brooks is an avid wargamer who retired with more than thirty years of service in the U.S. Army and National Guard. He is a contributor to numerous war-game and professional military publications.
Avalon Hill was an early entrnt in the computer gaming field, but their initial productions, such as B-1 Bomber and Midway Campaign, were disappointing given Avalon Hill's enviable reputation in the realm of conventional board wargames. The early Avalon Hill games lacked color and were less engrossing than the company's experience in game design warranted.
- Brian J. Murphy (Creative Computing Vol. 9, N. 9, September 1983, page 192).


  • Charles Roberts Award
    • 1980 - Nominee as Best Computer Wargame
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