Title Proflight Game Type Flight Sim Players 1 Compatibility Any Amiga HD Installable Yes Company HiSoft Submission Seppo Typpö (firstname.lastname@example.org) Profiled Reviewer Review I really managed to miss this flight simulation first time around. With sims like F19 Stealth Fighter, F16 Combat Pilot and Falcon flying around on Amiga screens all over the world it was quite easy to overlook some of the 'smaller potatoes' in the field. Years later, when the new Amiga flight sims got rarer than fresh water in the Sahara desert I managed to get a copy of Proflight into my grubby hands. I was about to be pleasantly surprised. Proflight is a flight simulation of the Panavia Tornado multi-role fighter plane. Aimed for fans of serious flight simulations, it comes with a nicely indexed 174 page manual (which explains everything from the theory of flight to the complex avionics and air combat tactics) a key guide and a nice cutaway drawing of the jet. The manual is very well written (obviously by people who know their stuff) with good tutorials and interesting facts in easily readable form. The sim comes on one disk. It can be installed to hard disk for faster access and works flawlessly with my 68040 BPPC accelerator. There's one slight flaw - once started, the player does not have an option to quit to DOS without rebooting the machine. After starting the game and getting past the manual protection the player is transferred straight into the cockpit of the Tornado. All the game screens and options are accessed from here, using a set of pull down menus easily operated with the function keys (F1 to F10). The menus can be opened at any time during the game which offers a smart and user-friendly way of controlling the various features this sim offers (like weather, flight model realism, layout of the HUD etc) 'on the fly'. On the subject of controls, the key-guide reveals that almost every key on the keyboard has some function attached to it. The arrangement of controls is quite logical and easy to learn for any experienced flight sim player but can be quite bewildering stuff to a novice. The excellent tutorials in the manual help the player to learn them properly but be warned it still takes lots of time and patience to master the beast. Proflight has quite good graphics for its time (early 1990's). The cockpit is nicely drawn with a good layout, while the scenery of the battlefield is quite detailed with mountains, cities, rivers, lakes and roads. What's more important than looks is speed - the screen updates with impeccable pace (at least on 68040) which makes flying a very smooth experience (especially with mouse control). It makes life a lot easier when the player is able to concentrate on actual flying manouvres instead of wasting time trying to pre-empt the sticky frame updates. Unlike the graphics, the sound effects are a bit disappointing. White noise as engine sound and a very limited set of warning sirens offer very little aural delights although they manage to do their job adequately. After the obligatory flight lessons, Proflight offers combat flights in the form of a very simple campaign. The goal of the campaign is straightforward - wipe out all the enemy units from the designated area and you have won the battle. From the mission planning screen, the player selects the primary target then flies the mission trying to destroy it. This is more difficult than it sounds as the provided intelligence info is not always accurate and the player has to first find the target, then decide whether the encountered enemy is the right one. Several missions needs to be flown before all the enemy units are destroyed so a handy save campaign option is provided for much needed R&R. The weapons your Tornado carries in this sim are very limited - a couple of types of air-to-air missiles and a set of freefall bombs. All is not lost though as the extremely advanced weapons delivery systems of the real Tornado are quite accurately simulated too - making bombing runs much easier. Combat in Proflight is ruthless - in the early phases it is quite easy to get wasted by enemy missiles - the warning klaxons usually are activated a bit too late meaning the player has to be constantly alert and monitor the radar screen religiously if he wants to detect unwelcome intruders early enough. The emphasis of the game is still on the flight simulation. The flight model is very believeable - although it demands your attention just keeping the plane in level flight, the controls feel sturdy and responsive (mouse control or analog joystick is highly recommended for the ultimate experience). The behaviour of the plane is realistic - it is very easy to get into trouble if one tries to carelessly pull the same stunts that are very easily executed in the more light-weight Amiga sims. Learning to professionally control a high speed jetfighter in various conditions is the ultimate reward this simulation offers to the patient player. Proflight is an excellent flight simulation, up there with the likes of JetPilot, F16 Combat Pilot, B17 Flying Fortress and Digital Integration's own Tornado simulator. In comparison to DI's sim Proflight manages very well in the flight simulation area but naturally loses out on looks (especially when compared to the AGA version of DI's Tornado). Proflight also has a much smoother frame update than Tornado, which is not quite smooth even on a 68040 (unless you set the graphics detail to lower level which makes it look worse than Proflight). Still DI's Tornado offers unique features like multi-plane missions, different cockpits for the pilot/navigator and wider selection of weapons and bombing modes which ultimately makes it probably a slightly better choice for those who have fast enough hardware to run it properly. In all, this sim is warmly recommended to all fans of more serious Amiga flight simulations. It may not have the looks of the latest flight sims but it sure has lots to offer to open-minded armchair flyers looking for a realistic sim instead of arcade action. IF THIS REALISTIC SIMULATION INTERESTS YOU PLEASE ALSO CHECK OUT : JetPilot from Vulcan Software. Extremely realistic flight sim only for hardcore flight sim fans and other dare-devils. Needs a fast Amiga to be playable on higher levels of detail and more accurate flight models. B-17 Flying Fortress from MicroProse. More like a crew simulation than pure flight sim, this game mixes strategic crew management to a realistic bomber simulation in a unique way - resulting in one of the best flight sims on any platform, ever. F16 Combat Pilot From Digital Integration. Truly excellent flight sim with marvellous campaign/combat modes. Pioneer in fully interactive battlefield and multi-plane missions long before its competitors like Falcon caught up. Old but still one of the best flight sims for Amiga computers. Tornado (AGA) Also From DI. Has slightly better combat options than Proflight and looks amazing (especially the 256 colour AGA version) but runs a bit slower even on accelerated machines.