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Welcome to Game of the Week! Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!
The Dam Busters
1984 Sidney Development
Programmed by Stuart Easterbrook
 
Most text of the present article comes from the feature on Flight Simulators by Gary Penn, as published in the fifth issue of the British C64 magazine ZZAP!64 (September 1985).
 

 

DAMBUSTERS
US Gold, 9.95 cass, 14.95 disk

This is a really big seller thanks to its impressive graphics and sound. There are several screens of action and you take the role of every man that is needed to fly a Dambusting Lancaster bomber.

Each screen is accessed by using a number on the keyboard. Using all these screens you have to fly over to Germany in a simulation of the actual dambusting raid, blow up the dam and return home safely.

There are six screens inside the plane, pilot with a view out of the front of the plane, front and tail gunners, bomb aimer, navigator and engineer. If you switch to the pilot screen then you can actually steer the plane, allowing you to set a course or fly round enemy installations. On the navigator screen you are shown a large four-screen map of Europe which you have to use to guide yourself to the dam. The two gunner screens are used when you're being attacked; you take control of the guns automatically as soon as you enter this screen and you can shoot down enemy planes and barrage balloons. You can also take out the searchlights. The bomb aimer screens is only used when you are approaching the dam, using this screen then allows you to switch on the aiming lights and set the bomb spinning. The engineer's screen gives you control of the engine; when you're on this screen you can boost or lower the output of the engines and also switch them off or put a fire extinguisher on them if they've been hit.

The program allows you to practice bomb runs, start over the English Channel, or go for a full mission starting on Stanstead Airdrome. The graphics are excellent and well above the standards of a normal simulator, and the sound is marvellous too. Overall, this is one of the most gripping flight simulators to hit the market and certainly rises above most in its class.

Graphics 80%
Interaction 86%
Authenticity 82%
Overall 81%

 

Also check out the original review published in issue 2.

Htmlized by Dimitris Kiminas (5 Oct 2002)

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