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Description

A simulation that has you flying Mail runs from many different airports in one of three states of America which are Kansas, Colorado and Washington (choosing Washington does allow you to fly in neighbouring state Oregon as well). Advanced features include VOR towers readings, DME and ILS.

Score for choices made meaning you must ponder certain things like how much fuel you might need for each delivery. Each mail delivered is to a different airport but the option is also there to carry several loads, each an additional weight that needs to be taken into account. Having a heavier payload means burning more fuel and a difference to how the plane handles, but potentially a higher score can result.

Various weather conditions such as clear, nightime, light cloud and even a heavy cloud that requires IFR skills. It's entirely possible to fly using just instruments in total cloud blindness up until the point you pop out of a cloud to see the runway hopefully as you had planned. Indeed an accurately planned route using both VORS can have yourself precisely lined up and ready for a final descent using ILS.

You really do need the maps though and attempting Solo Flight without them is fairly pointless - playing this seriously requires maps for VOR plotting.

Screenshots

Solo Flight Atari 8-bit Successfully landed the plane.
Solo Flight Apple II The Map around Colorado
Solo Flight Apple II Main Menu
Solo Flight Commodore 64 Ready for take-off.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Vol Solo" -- Thomson title

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User Reviews

Do you like flight sims with a difference? then you should try this Commodore 64 Adrian Harverson (8)

Critic Reviews

Zzap! Commodore 64 Sep, 1985 86 out of 100 86
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jul, 1984 31 out of 40 78
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 64 out of 100 64
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Atari 8-bit Aug 03, 2013 2 out of 6 33
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Aug, 1984 Unscored Unscored
Commodore User Commodore 64 Oct, 1984 Unscored Unscored

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Trivia

2nd Edition re-release

The Solo Flight (2nd Edition) Commodore 64 re-release from 1985 adds a flight tutor with voice acting.

Awards

  • Zzap!
    • May 1985 (Issue 1) - #30 'It's the Zzap! 64 Top 64!'

Contributed to by Rola (8278), Rebound Boy (19177) and Terok Nor (30923)
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