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Dawn Patrol (Apple II)

Dawn Patrol Apple II The opening screen displays the TSR logo.

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Dawn Patrol is a World War I fighter air-combat game from TSR.

Although the name of the game coincides with TSR's role-playing game (RPG) of World War I air combat (which was adapted from the board game Fight in the Skies), the Dawn Patrol computer game is not a direct adaptation of the RPG. The only apparent relationship is that the games share a common name and theme.

Dawn Patrol is a one-player real-time 3D flight simulation game that uses wire-frame style graphics to display opposing aircraft and terrain. The game puts you in a cockpit that features a simplified two-dimensional instrument panel. Your main instruments are an altimeter, compass, and airspeed indicator.

The player can choose to fly one of twelve different aircraft, consisting of a mix of German, British and French planes that were involved in the war during the 1916-1918 time frame. These include flight simulator favorites such as the Fokker Triplane, Sopwith Camel, Fokker D.VII, and S.E. 5. The player also chooses which aircraft to fight against. While you can choose to fight against up to five aircraft at the same time, you are limited to these opposing planes being just one or two types of aircraft from the game's library of 12 planes.

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Dawn Patrol Apple II Looking back at an enemy fighter flying behind your Fokker Triplane. Your aircraft is in a left bank.
Dawn Patrol Apple II The opening screen displays the TSR logo.
Dawn Patrol Apple II The scoring and performance report given at the end of a flight. The game then returns to the main menu so you can set options for a new flight.
Dawn Patrol Apple II The title screen features some minor animation. The tailing fighter shoots and opens a hole in the wing of the aircraft in the foreground.

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The Maverick (220) added Dawn Patrol (Apple II) on Jul 28, 2017