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Written by  :  Andy Voss (1875)
Written on  :  Oct 28, 1999
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Amazing 3D engine for its time.

The Good

The third release of Flight Simulator was a HUGE advancement from the previous one. 640x350x16 colors in the late 80s was quite remarkable for a 3D game. Not too many other games at the time could boast full-framerate, hi res filled polygons on a 386-25. The "pull down menus" were also much nicer than having to type in settings manually. Finally, the game had a rare feature of the time - multi-PC play (null modems, anyone?).

The Bad

There wasn't a whole lot of scenery for the five cities provided - flying between them could make for hours of boredom.

The Bottom Line

The standard for "realistic" flight programs for many years. Even the next release (4) could not improve on it too much.