Gold/Cosmi, £11.95 cass, £14.95 disk, joystick
O Superb helicopter flight
Great 3D graphics, easy joystick control
no. Not another flight simulator', I thought. And I
was right -- this isn't just another flight simulator.
It's a superb one. In which the thrill of flying low
over the landscape at high speeds in a helicopter is
brought to your screens with startling realism.
I don't like flight simulators much. But this one, from
the author of such classics as Forbidden Forest
and Aztec Challenge, has changed all that.
control a Huey UH-1X -- an experimental high performance
helicopter, and there are four assignments to attempt
flying the UH-1X takes patience and time to perfect.
Flying is mainly via the joystick, with the keyboard
used for on-board computer commands. The computer has
a large range of functions, 29 in all. These include
various gauges and indicators, a compass, radar, and
other very necessary functions. The function keys turn
on the computer, start and cut the engine, and engage
Basically, there are two modes of joystick control:
cyclic (fire button not depressed) and collective (fire
button held down).
In cyclic mode, the joystick responds almost like a
normal helicopter control stick, giving helicopter movement
in one plane (forwards, backwards, banking right and
left, and actual turning right and left of the helicopter
collective mode, the joystick gives up/down thrust and
control of throttle for speed. Flitting between the
two proves no problem, and is certainly easier than
using two joysticks.
familiar with the Huey, landing (for refuelling, emergency
or otherwise) can be performed with ease, and you'll
soon find yourself executing more complex manoeuvres.
low and hard over the ground gives an impressive view
of a speeding landscape as trees and houses pass beneath.
This is a very strong point about the game's graphics,
and something that a lot of flight simulators fall down
helicopter banks dangerously as trees
and bushes flash by underneath.
The cockpit itself is graphically effective, and a nice
touch is the instrumentation coming alive on powering
up the helicopter. The title screen at the beginning
is outstanding. 3D credits float around the screen to
the sound of some excellent backing music, and the bit
where Paul Norman's name flies like a helicopter across
the screen . . . wicked!
sound of the Huey's rotors in motion is brilliant, giving
a very effective recreation of a helicopter in flight.
Other sound effects too are very good.
The instructions with Super Huey are excellent.
They give a rundown of the Huey itself (plus references
for further reading), a summary on how to fly a helicopter,
and step-by-step instructions on flying the UH-1X. Also,
a complete list of the instruments is given and the
description and function of each is noted.
latter two are definitely worth reading, as they really
do prove to be an aid when flying. The only annoying
point about the instructions is that there isn't enough
depth on the assignments.