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Back to Baghdad is a simulation of the air war over Iraq a few years after the end of the Gulf War, with you taking the place of a F-16 pilot in a series of "one off" missions.

The game included a fairly detailed rendering of the F-16, it's cockpit and systems. The terrain engine mapped most of southern Iraq using satellite imagery, and did all of this with a software renderer.


Back to Baghdad DOS From the video intro (III)
Back to Baghdad DOS Main menu
Back to Baghdad DOS About to take off, cockpit view
Back to Baghdad DOS About to take off, external view

Promo Images

Back to Baghdad Screenshot
Back to Baghdad Screenshot
Back to Baghdad Screenshot
Back to Baghdad Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Back to Baghdad: The Ultimate Desert Storm Simulation" -- Tag-lined title

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User Reviews

Worst flight sim ever? Maury Markowitz (248) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
A totally underrated yet Not-Yet-Done F-16 sim. Pin Fox (3) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Denmark) 1996 87 out of 100 87
World Village (Gamer's Zone) 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Aug, 1996 75 out of 100 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Oct, 1996 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpot Sep 19, 1996 5.6 out of 10 56
PC Games Nov, 1996 C- 42
PC Player (Germany) Aug, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
High Score Oct, 1996 2 out of 5 40


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The game itself seems to have been largely built out of "off the shelf" parts. The render, terrain, sounds etc. were all from 3rd parties, all displayed prominently on the box. It was up to the creators, MSI, to provide the logic to put all of the pieces together into a game.


Back to Baghdad demands over $70 dollars when most contemporary titles cost about $40, making it one of the most expensive games (in terms of price) produced for the PC. It was later surpassed by Rainbow Six (Collector's Edition).

Information also contributed by Kasey Chang.

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Maury Markowitz (248) added Back to Baghdad (DOS) on Dec 08, 2001