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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 signing myself in
Crimson Skies Windows Looks like these bogies want to dance. Teach them how to get down (in flames).
Crimson Skies Windows mission
Crimson Skies Windows mission briefing

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User Reviews

Cool and unique retro-styled masterpiece Zovni (10623) 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 (271) 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 (4608) unrated
Indiana Jones and the Barnstormers from Hell! Dr.Bedlam (56) unrated
These guys almost had it perfect! William Shawn McDonie (1180) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamer's Pulse Oct 11, 2000 94 out of 100 94
Power Unlimited Oct, 2000 9 out of 10 90
PC Gamer (Netherlands) Nov, 2000 88 out of 100 88
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2000 8.75 out of 10 88
Gameplay (Benelux) Oct 30, 2000 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Nov, 2000 86 out of 100 86
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 23, 2000 17 out of 20 85
PC Action (Germany) Oct, 2000 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Sep 22, 2000 7.7 out of 10 77
Fragland.net Sep 18, 2002 76.5 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 (973) added Crimson Skies (Windows) on Sep 01, 2000