Friday, January 29, 2016

ProFlight


This morning I dug out an old friend, ProFlight by Nick Brown/HiSoft. Obviously, this works in colour but unlike a lot of games, it's also fully compatible with ST High. So let's jump inside my Panavia Tornado and take it for a spin, Maverick style! Now, I do remember labouring over ProFlight back in the day and today I wondered how my older (and wiser?) brain would cope! Its main emphasis is on simulated realism so you're out of luck if you thought this was a humble arcade-style combat game but that doesn't mean it's all work and no play. Once you've got over the hefty learning curve there is an enjoyable and rewarding experience to be had.

Man, this is such a professional product. Even the packaging is of equal quality and includes an incredibly weighty manual, like something from flight school training! ProFlight will run fine on a stock Atari ST but will benefit from faster computers: my own Mega STE delivers astounding frame rates so I do wonder how a Falcon or TT might perform... What an incredible flight sim for gurus to drool over and one of the most technical games I've ever played.

HiSoft are trusting you with their precious plane - please be careful and don't crash it!!

LINKS

 - I made a little Vine recording to show off ProFlight.
 - 8BitChip has a hard drive version and all floppies can be nabbed using Old Games Finder.