Amstrad Computer User

Fighter Bomber

Author: Chris Knight
Publisher: Activision
Machine: Amstrad CPC464

Published in Amstrad Computer User #70

Go for Top Gun as you make waves on the airways.

Fighter Bomber

It's mad, it's bad in the real world of supersonic air combat fighting. Thrusting through the skyways at 2.5 Mach, bandits at 12,00 high, heat seeking missiles closing in fast behind you and a rebel target - in your sights begging for destruction. Only the very, very tough can hack it. Take over as Tom Cruise's knees turn to jelly in terror.

Goggle up, head for the runway and take your pick from the four luscious machines at your disposal. Will you take the Russian Mig 27 Flogger, with its sloping nose for optimum low level attacks, or the British Tornado, with its ability to fly at 500 knots at tree-top height, a force to be reckoned with? Alternatively, there's the USA's F4 Phantom, its extra fuel cell giving it an incredible 2,600 mile combat radius and last, but by no means least, there's the Swedish AJ37 viggen, with it's powerful Saab engines allowing for short takeoff and landing in quick scrambles.

Once past that little poser, the skyways are your own. Pick up on the free flight offering and you get the chance for some much needed practice, the opportunity to find out just what your craft can do. Starting off on the runway, at 30,000 feet, over a bridge, or hanging in the air without power, waiting for landing, it'll take some getting used to.

Fighter Bomber

Going on to the missions, you'll need to complete the covert attack before you can progress to the later levels.

As you seek out the rebel base, the graphics inside the cockpit are excellent. Various controls will give you an all round perspective of your aircraft, as well as those around you. Release chaff as missiles home in on you, and don't forget to arm your sidewinders before letting them loose.

As you fight your way up the impressive scale of missions, through tactical to offensive, your aim is to be Top Gun, if you'll pardon the impression.

Every point you earn is added together as you battle against the cream of the world's air crews at the Elsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, USA. Beat the best of the best and you could walk off with the coveted Curtis E Le May Trophy. But, and its a big but, you'll need to be good.

As a flight simulator, Bomber on the CPC is every bit as exciting as the 16 bit offerings, though without some of the obvious refinements. My advice, go out and get bombing.

Chris Knight

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