HIND: The Russian Combat Helicopter Simulation
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While Apaches look pretty hard and menacing, based on looks alone the Russian Hind could definitely stare a whole squadron of Apaches out in a pub. Big, with droopy wings covered in missiles, and a funny, bulgy cockpit, the Mi-24 Hind isn't pretty. But then neither is war.
Digital Integration have a long and distinguished history of making sims. Although the excellent Tornado is way out of date, aficionados of the genre still go dewy-eyed when they think of it, mainly because of its fantastic attention to detail. Hind follows on from Apache Longbow, itself the premier Apache sim of its day,
but really scores points for the originality of the subject matter. The Hind is basically a gunship that doubles up as a troop carrier. While Longbow 2 enables you to fly a Black Hawk into combat, it's got a pretty poor armament, and so you tend to miss out when the shooting starts. The Hind, on the other hand, offers the best of both worlds. Nice. The format of Hindis pretty much standard, with the usual quick-start arcade option as well as single missions and campaigns. The areas covered in Hind are Korea, Afghanistan and Kazakstan.
Jumping from an Apache sim into Hind is a stark illustration of the difference between the US and Russian economies. Whereas Uncle Sam equips his boys with head-up displays and lots of other fancy electronics, Hind pilots get a single dial and they have to lean out of the window and light the touch paper of the rockets under the wings. That isn't strictly true, but the Hind's cockpit is a bit rudimentary, to say the least. But this turns out to add to the game's appeal.
The Hind's handling is a bit basic, and it seems slightly underpowered. Again this is probably accurate, and this sluggishness makes for a different style of combat to that of an Apache. The missions are all nicely detailed, and the fact that you're also a troop carrier makes for much greater variety.
The biggest letdown is the graphics, although that's probably to be expected from a sim that's over two years old. DI have added 3Dfx support, but this doesn't really help as much as it should, and frame rates on a P200 with a Voodoo2 card were lower than for the much prettier Team Apache. It is playable though, and there's a reasonable amount of ground detail.
If you're looking for something a bit different, Hindis certainly it. It's old and lacks polish compared to today's efforts, but if you've got an older PC or you just have to have this sim, the Front Line Fighters pack that it's a part of is a real bargain. Oh, and if they ever come up with Hind 2 it'll be great.
Download HIND: The Russian Combat Helicopter Simulation
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP