F-117A Stealth Fighter
- Manufacturer: Nintendo
The Stealth Advanced Tactical Fighter. America's most guarded military secret. And now you're in the cockpit, ready to unleash the explosive power of the F-117A on rival forces around the world. The mystery is over. And the enemy is toast.
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Now you see 'em, now you don't. That's what the Stealth Fighter does on enemy radar screens. Still, your first glance at MicroProse's F-117A Stealth Fighter flight sim for the NES might make you want to sign up with the other side. Stick with it, though, and you'll fly into a commendable jet combat game.
High-tech Meets Low-tech
F-117A Stealth Fighter is a solid, first-person perspective, combat flight sim. You fly classified missions into six theaters, where success opens up three other secret missions.
The view from inside the cockpit is standard issue NES stuff. The graphics aren't supersonic, but they won't send you into a tailspin either. There are some nice screens in-between the action, and a nifty instant replay feature. The sounds, however, deserve Stealth treatment: they're best left undetectable.
Turn, Bu, and Learn
The flying and the fighting are the attractions in this game, and F-117A delivers. The solid controls make the actual flying simple, but if you're really lame you can switch on an Autopilot.
ProTip: Whenever you lose control of your aircraft, try switching on the Autopilot It may save your can.
Where you need to concentrate is on your well-equipped instrument panel, which is outfitted with displays for Altitude, Speed, Damage, Chaff, Flares, Ammo, and your missile count. The key instruments are a long-range radar screen and vital short-range radar screen. You'd better get familiar with all this gadgetry if you want to survive your sorties.
The opposition launches well-planned attacks against you. You have to shake and bake to lose the enemy interceptors and homing missiles. Sea-based and land-locked antiaircraft missiles and guns take highly accurate potshots at you, too.
If your ejection seat is damaged, keep trying to make it work. What other choice do you have?
Set enemy anti-Stealth skills (both airborne and ground-based) to four levels. At any level, you'll soon seriously question all the hub-bub about Stealth technology, because these 8-bit guys have no trouble finding you!
If you can't shake an enemy on your tail, slow down quickly. He might fly past you, and then you've got him in your sights!
To counteract the bad guys' tactics, you can select five weapon loads that feature various quantities of Sidewinder Air-to-Air Missiles and Maverick Air-to-Ground Missiles. You also get a Vulcan cannon loaded with over 900 rounds of ammo.
Enemy fighters don't take off if you're below 3,000 feet.
You can fly solo, or you can recruit a fellow flier. Your bud can join you as weapons officer, or he can fly against you in a fighter-versus-fighter showdown
Like real-life Stealth Fighter pilots, NES fighter pilots are a special breed, and you should be a card-carrying member of that select group if you climb into the cockpit of this game. The opposition is tough, the graphics aren't. Fly a Stealth Fighter? Okay, but this first-person flight sim could be any other NES combat aircraft. With Stealth Fighter, it's best not to have a fear of 8-bit flying.
Take control of the F-117A, the nation's most hi-tech bomber. Pilot the Stealth Fighter through global "hot spots" in this latest flying adventure from Microprose. Shoot down enemy planes and tanks over Libya, Baghdad and even Kuwait! Don't forget to return to your base to refuel once in a while. Real voice along with cinema displays simulate aerial combat perfectly. Master your control panel to be an 'ace' pilot!
This game just doesn't have enough punch. The emphasis on flight simulation is restrained by the limits of the NES to reproduce such effects, and the targeting battle sequences aren't able to muster up the necessary excitement. Overall, the game attempts too much and ends up delivering little.
As a flying game this cart is quite good. The missions are similar to real life and the action is OK. This, by no means is a flight simulator though. There is just no excitement in flying the plane. The attack sequences left me flat probably due to the lack of background graphic detail. A good game to try but leave the helmet behind.
NES games are going to have to be better than this to survive in the market today. The graphics and sounds are very weak. Trying to pass this off as a flight simulation is a joke. The game play is lacking any real action, and there just isn't enough there to keep you in front of the tube for very long. Weak power-ups, too!
F-117A Stealth Fighter? Licensing plane names?!? I'm not impressed by its fancy title, nor by its 8-Bit graphics. Good NES games are getting harder and harder to come by these days. True, F-117A is a relatively solid game, but it can only hope to keep players interested for a few minutes. The fun just isn't in there.