Strike Fighters: Project 1
Strike Fighters: Project 1 is a flight simulator that depicts the F-100 Super Sabre, A-4 Skyhawk, F-104 Starfighter and the F-4 Phantom II. It is an air gaming link between MIG Alley and the multitude of titles covering later machines and so is a must-have for air historian/collectors. It's also good -- not great -- software on its own merits. Though in places it feels incomplete, the basic flying game plays well and the graphics are outstanding.
Though "strike" is in the title, the documentation -- while it does a good job covering flight and dogfight basics -- does not explain ground attack techniques. (Tip: With iron bombs, get down to 100 feet. Fly level over the target and when the waypoint changes, drop the bombs.) Nor is the meaning of 'Project 1? explained. Forward air controllers are mentioned ("Snoopy") but in testing contact was never established and some ground attack missions seemed to end early.
Your jet gets tangled with the ground at times, bouncing weirdly around undamaged. Enemies you've downed in dogfights, unless they are completely obliterated in the air, seem to take up residence after augering in, remaining as threats both on your in-flight map and to your tactical flight controllers. These are not showstoppers, however.
There are instant action missions, single missions and one desert campaign involving fictional countries. The campaign is dynamic but missions are weeks apart and there's little feel for the strategic situation. Conspicuous by its absence is a Viet Nam campaign. Luckily the game is "open" architecture so when a campaign editor appears you can be sure a less timid fan will give us Rolling Thunder. Can't wait.
Multiplayer for this game works well and is available on GameSpy Arcade for both dogfight and co-op missions.
Download Strike Fighters: Project 1
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP