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Game #2006
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Dambusters, The    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Simulation   Flight - Military

Rating: 8.16 (25 votes)

Dambusters, The box cover

Dambusters, The screenshot
Decent conversion of Sydney Development's (Evolution) very early World War II flight simulator released for the C64 in 1984. Despite primitive CGA graphics, The Dambusters is surprisingly complex for its time, offering multiple views, control options for the cannons, and various instruments on an authentic-looking panel.

Although you can only fly one plane in the game, it's a very special plane that is rarely modeled in flight sims: the Lancaster bomber, a fearsome bomber of the British R.A.F. The plane's place in aviation and war history is secured by the heroic deeds of an R.A.F. squadron who bombed a number of crucial dams in Germany in WWII, earning the name "the dambusters". Your mission is to follow in these heroes' footsteps, although you must contend with various air hostiles on your way to the dams.

Although there is really only one mission (dam bombing), you can choose what stage of the mission you want to start from. Flight handling is excellent for its time, and the multiple views and multiple stations (bombardier, pilot, gunner, and navigator) foreshadow MicroProse's excellent B-17 Flying Fortress years later. Definitely a classic, albeit forgotten, sim that deserves to be mentioned alongside BAO Software's classic Jet and many others. Two thumbs up!

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Alex Leavens
Developer: Artech
Publisher: Accolade
Year: 1985
Software Copyright: Artech
Theme: World Wars
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Dambusters 617 Squadron
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Blue Max, Megafortress, Battlehawks 1942

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