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World War 1 saw many advances in technology with new stuff being tested and improved right on the battlefield. Aviation technology and development in particular saw a very rapid progression during the war years with many inventions that are used to this day. Especially the last two years 1917 and 1918 during which Rise of Flight is set, many advancements were made such as the machine-gun synchronizer, first use of aluminum alloys, engine mufflers for silent bombing runs and the invention of rotary engines with short warm-uptimes allowing for quick takeoffs.

Rise of Flight itself is a full-blown flight simulator of these biplanes used back then with and without those new technologies. The game features several planes including the French SPAD XII.C1 or the German Fokker D.VII which was the very best fighter by the end of the war. Additional planes can be bought through the online shop on the official website. To help master these raw beasts, several tutorial missions embedded into a small storyline explain the controls and handling of these ancient dinosaurs. Scenario-missions are also available that showcase both real and fictitious could-have-been-battles of world war as well as other missions like 1on1 dog fights against the aces of the sky like the Red Baron or escort objectives for each of the available planes. Also available are a single player campaign and an extensive multi-player mode allowing up to 100 players to fight against each other or to fulfill objectives like destroying artillery together. In addition the game features an extensive mission editor allowing the player to create his own missions.

Once the mission and plane have been chosen, the player can customize his plane by deciding the payload, the skin of the plan (featuring such famous looks like the Red Baron), the weapon convergence and the amount of fuel. Aside from the look of the plane each of this settings greatly influence how the plane is to be handled. To help get things going, the player can activate several aids like simple gauges or navigation symbols and deactivate realism settings including a pre-warmed engine or limited ammo. Inside the plane the controls then work like in any other flight simulator preferably using the joystick and keyboard hot-keys to make the kills and holding the agile but fragile plane in the air.


Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War Windows Loading Screen
Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War Windows That's my little plane for this mission.
Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War Windows Before the mission you can change several settings of your plane.
Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War Windows No, that's not my plane. Really. I swear to God! Now if you would excuse me - I've something over there.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Война в небе – 1917" -- Russian spelling
  • "WW II: Knights of the Sky" -- Working title
  • "Rise of Flight: La Première Guerre Mondiale" -- French title

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Armchair General Apr 23, 2010 91 out of 100 91 Jul 18, 2011 9 out of 10 90
GamingXP Feb 04, 2010 82 out of 100 82
Gameplanet Jul 23, 2009 8 out of 10 80
IGN Jul 08, 2009 7.9 out of 10 79
GameStar (Germany) Oct 28, 2009 77 out of 100 77
Absolute Games ( Jul 29, 2009 74 out of 100 74 Nov 02, 2009 72 out of 100 72
Impulse Gamer Jul, 2009 6.5 out of 10 65
Out Of Eight Jul 07, 2009 5 out of 8 62


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  • Official website (Developer's website where you can buy the game and additional aircraft)
Sicarius (61583) added Rise of Flight: The First Great Air War (Windows) on Jul 10, 2009