DescriptionCrimson Skies is an arcade flight simulator, set in an alternate reality in the year 1937. Based on a FASA pen-and-paper game, the player is cast as a daring rogue who flies missions for fame and fortune. The planes look like a mixture of futuristic planes and planes from WW2.
The single player missions let the player complete jobs such as finding a treasure, hijacking an experimental plane from the enemy or defending their base, a huge zeppelin.
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|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||Oct 13, 2000||90|
|Power Unlimited||Oct, 2000||9 out of 10||90|
|Absolute Games (AG.ru)||Oct 10, 2000||90 out of 100||90|
|PC Player (Germany)||Nov, 2000||86 out of 100||86|
|Privat Computer PC||2000||84 out of 100||84|
|GameSpy||Sep 30, 2000||84 out of 100||84|
|PC Joker||Oct, 2000||81 out of 100||81|
|Computer Gaming World (CGW)||Dec, 2000||80|
|Eurogamer.net (UK)||Oct 31, 2000||8 out of 10||80|
|PC Gamer Brasil||Dec, 2000||76 out of 100||76|
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1001 Video GamesCrimson Skies appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
BugsThe original release of the game was extremely buggy with several engine-related problems, but worse than those was a horrible bug that erased your single player campaign whenever you started a multiplayer game. This was addressed on the very first patch, however.
InstallationDuring installation of the game you are treated to a radio play featuring Nathan Zachery (the player character) and the Fortune Hunters. However, on faster machines, the installation finishes before the radio play does... and cuts the drama short!
IntroThe introduction movie to Crimson Skies is done in the style of 1930s newsreel footage... complete with propaganda.
MerchandiseIn addition to the game, Crimson Skies universe also extends to a tabletop RPG, novels a comic book line and a planned, but never made, movie from Dreamworks.
PicturesOne of the features in the game is the ability to change your "momento" on the "stateroom" screen. The momento is a picture frame containing B&W photographs of a variety of subjects, mostly women, but also of your dog, yourself, and yourself with Black Swan. As you win more missions, you can get even more pictures to put inside.
You can export most items you "won" in your scrapbook to your Windows desktop. For example, when you took out the sub, you get a picture of your gang posing with a life preserver from the sub. You can export that to desktop! You can also export most of those women pictures (such as the one in the screenshots).
- 2000 – Special Award for Sound
- GameStar (Germany)
- Issue 01/2001 - Best Simulation in 2000
Related Web Sites
- Crimson Skies (official website)
- Crimson Skies Board Game (Information about the board game.)
- Patch v1.02 (Microsoft's download site for the Crimson Skies Update v1.02)