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Chuck Yeager's Air Combat

Chuck Yeager's Air Combat
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat

Floppy (5.25")4

Electronic Arts


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Release Date: 1/1/1991
Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
Chuck Yeager's Air Combat is a 1991 computer aircraft simulation game produced by Electronic Arts. Famed pilot Chuck Yeager was a technical consultant in the game and his digitized voice is featured in the game, giving encouragement and praise before and after missions.

The game is characterized for its good balance of an action laden gameplay which focuses on classical dog fights and a simple but still realistic flight model which justifies calling Chuck Yeager's Air Combat a simulation. Unlike in many other flight simulation games of its day, altitude and aircraft characteristics have a big influence on the behaviour of the game's simulated aircraft. Realism has been sacrificed to some degree to enhance gameplay however: E.g. a real fighter plane expends all of its ammunition after a few short bursts, while in Chuck Yeager's Air Combat the rate of fire has been reduced considerably, making dog fights longer.

To assist a newcomer to the game several help features can be activated, such as unlimited ammunition or easier aiming. A virtual Chuck Yeager can be activated, who gives advice. In the introduction sequence a copy-protection measure consists of one trivia question about a featured plane. The answers are in the appendix pages of the game manual.

Available for the DOS and Apple Macintosh, the latter version is considered superior as its graphical display is at a much higher resolution, multi-player network play is supported and saved movies may be exported in QuickTime format. In addition, after the copy-protection question has been answered correctly one time the game may then be started without answering any questions for as long as it resides in the same folder.

The game featured six player-flyable aircraft: P-51D Mustang, F-86E Sabre, F-4E Phantom II, Fw.190A-8, the Soviet MiG-15 'Fagot' and MiG-21MF 'Fishbed'. Other featured AI-driven aircraft were: Me.109E, Me.110B, Me-163B Komet, Me-262 Schwalbe , P-47D Thunderbolt, Yak-9, MiG-17MF 'Fresco' and F-105D Thunderchief as opposing fighters and B-17E, B-29C, B-52 and L-5 as aircraft to either protect or shoot down, depending on the mission.

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