Red Baron

DOS game, 1990

Genre:
Simulation
Year:
1990
Developer:
Dynamix
Publisher:
Sierra On-Line
Perspective:
1st-person
Theme:
Flight, History

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Go back to the old days of beautiful two and three-wing aircrafts and beat the famous Red Baron in aerial combat. In the game you can choose a real aircrafts from the time of the First World War. Choose from a total of 28 different aircrafts - the Allied and German sides, in beautiful 3D graphics. If you are good enough, you can try to beat the flying ace - Red Baron. Besides choosing the amount of machines you can also select from a large number of pilots, who were famous in those days. For each of the pilot and aircraft you receive a lot of information, not to mention the amount of photos.

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The Red Baron, a World War I air combat simulator, is one of the first, if not the first, 3D flight simulators to really deserve that designation. The individual types of aircraft are really recognizable, the aircraft behave (say, with a darkening of the eye) like real aircraft. The engine roars, the oil sprays, the wind hums in the wire stiffeners, the machine guns rumble, you drive in the endless azure of the Flemish sky ... Well, I got a little carried away, but this simulator was just incredibly perfect at the time. I've had him for fourteen years and I still like to fly with him.
What's up? The basic thing is, of course, to fly and fight, to shoot down the enemy and not be shot down by yourself. And that's not easy at first.

There are several types of flying machines available on both sides. On the German side from the famous Fokker E.III to the even more famous D.VII, on the Allied from Moran Bullet to Sopwith Snipe. In the game there is a gallery of all aircraft with a short description. You can fly individual missions, where you can set the type of mission, type and number of aircraft on both sides, or complete the entire war campaign, where you perform individual as the situation brings them. As time goes on, both warring parties are introducing new and better types of aircraft, so everyone is pulling a saw for a while. Over time, with increasing success, you can get some honors and you can be promoted, which brings with it the opportunity to choose your personal plane according to your own taste.

During the fighting, you can also encounter the greatest aces of the European sky, led by the legendary red baron - Manfred von Richthofen or René Fonck, whose aircraft allegedly did not hit a single bullet during the entire war. In that case, you may be happy for a very fast plane. Each aircraft has different characteristics, speed, agility, climbability, stability when firing, strength of the structure, etc. However, almost every aircraft has its flies. Some planes are "good", like S.E.5A, some nice monsters, like Sopwith Camel. However, the Camel is far more agile and more dangerous in the hands of an experienced pilot. But again, it easily falls into a corkscrew. Some planes can withstand almost anything, others easily scatter on their own ... Well, when you kill yourself a few times, you'll come to terms with it. And in time you can hit something ...

Put on your flight goggles and up into the sky. 

Reviewed by Anonym – 1. april 2014

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