Air Duel. (combat flight simulation game) (Software Review) (Evaluation)
by Robert Stone
Do you have what it takes to be a top gun? Air Duel, by MicroProse, is a flight simulator that tests your abilities as a combat pilot across six historical scenarios. You'll fly planes as simple as Germany's famous Fokker DR1 triplane and as complex as the high-tech F-16 Falcon fighter jet.
Choosing from one of three basic modes, you decide the type of aircraft you'll fly and the theater of battle. The Duel mode pits aircraft from the same era against each other in one-on-one combat, the Missions mode lets you plan and fly tactical missions, and the What If mode matches aircraft from different eras against each other.
Impressive 3-D graphics and the responsiveness of the controls give a lifelike quality to your flight. The dog-fight simulations test not only your piloting skills but your battle strategy as well. It's not always the fastest plane that wins the battle; it's the best pilot.
Air Duel allows you to experience the fast-paced, heart-pounding world of aerial battle at any skill level. You can play against the computer or go head to head with a friend, via modem, as you battle for air supremacy. Even the best computer opponents rarely provide the same challenge as a human foe. The flight models aren't ultrarealistic, but the action is fast paced.