Adrian Harverson - 25/05/2013
At a glance this is maybe nothing special and likely even a bit rubbish to most, but further play can certainly reveal an exceptional depth both from the physics calculations and game design. It takes a while to get past how awfully slow it feels in comparison to how you would expect it to but this translates over time into an illusion of weight and speed you will appreciate- a reason in itself why this is a great example of technical simplicity exceeding what is capable on much better modern hardware. By today's standards it's perhaps laughable but given a real chance it can be both addictive and satisfying more so than anything you've played in this genre. Very detailed and fun. Printed out maps are however essential if you're to plot using vor stations- something even more satisfying when flying in total cloud blindness and then emerging at your intended destination
All this coupled with a speed based scoring system that has you planning not just routes but how much fuel and mail you should risk adding as weight ie actual calculations will apply to the various handling aspects of flight . The effects then of a well planned flight can make all the difference to how you score well and it's here you should carefully calculate how much fuel per delivery and distance you might need. Weight a determining factor eventually sees you test at what the physics allows to be airborne and it's here you'll start to push just how much mail you can load up but with as little fuel needed. It can be particularly satisfying taking off with an exceptionally heavy loaded plane and then bringing it down to safety at the next runway. Solo Flight in this sense is very dynamic
Worth mentioning again that there still isn't anything out there like this even now some 30 years on
really enjoy this game. i really like the mail delivery mini game
A reasonable flight-sim with (in this edition) a useful instructor mode. The behind-the-plane view wasn't best for realism and like most flight sims on this computer, it wasn't that smooth, but it was enjoyable enough.