Flight Light by subLOGIC is a solid civilian flight simulator that isn't on par with the company’s acclaimed ATP series in terms of realism, but achieves its goal of introducing newcomers to the world of flight simulation. |
The reasons behind the game's relative obscurity even amongst the die-hard flight sim community are worth mentioning. In 1988, Microsoft and subLOGIC had a nasty legal fight over who owns the copyright to the source codes of Microsoft Flight Simulator (the entire series (1-4) having been coded by subLOGIC programmers). Not surprisingly, subLOGIC lost the battle, and was therefore forced to rewrite the code from scratch for any future sims that were unrelated to Microsoft’s series. After the five long years of the painful code-rebuilding process, Flight Light emerged as subLOGIC’s first self-published release and boasted VGA graphics, strong flight dynamics, and a plethora of options that subLOGIC fans are familiar with.
So how does it play? Very well indeed. You can only fly the Cessna jet in the game, but since the game is geared toward beginners, the lack of variety isn’t relevant (you’ll be spending most of your time trying to memorize the various acronyms anyway). Your job is to finish a series of increasingly challenging flight assignments. For each assignment, you are rated in the categories of navigation, showmanship/safety, and efficiency. Your score in each category can range from 0% (very poor) to 100% (no de-ratings). These three scores are then averaged to give you a final composite score. subLOGIC’s hallmark — huge, comprehensive manuals — is also here. Similar to ATP, Flight Light includes a very detailed map and a “Quick Reference Handbook” that contains clear, step-by-step instructions for every assignment. The graphics are crisp in VGA, and render a nice array of buildings, trees, and other ground objects.
Overall, Flight Light is a great introductory game for anyone who’s interested in flight sims but has been intimidated by other sims. You can even convert Microsoft Flight Simulator scenery files for use in the game. Two thumbs up!
Note: look for the improved version of the original 1994 release called Flight Light Plus, published by Sierra in 1995, shortly after subLOGIC was acquired by Sierra. This version features 3 extra planes and scenery. Also, fans should check out Sierra’s Pro Pilot -- probably the last game ever coded by the subLOGIC team.
Reviewed by: Underdogs