Firestorm: Thunderhawk 2

Yet another helicopter arcade game slightly resembling a simulation, Firestorm lets you pilot the the fictitious AH-72M Thunderhawk. This game is actually a sequel of sorts to the original Amiga and Atari ST versions, so it features similar gameplay and the same engine. Campaigns will let you fly above the South China Sea, Iraq or Serbia, with a similar emphasis on blasting enemies with an array of missiles and bombs.

9The controls are as easy as with any first person perspective game and you can play with the keyboard, mouse or joystick (Gravis gamepad or Thrustmaster). You can fly forward and backwards, slide left and right with the arrow keys, and rotate left or right using the ALT keys in combination with the left and right arrows. Two lateral views will allow you to look at your side, while the radar will warn you of any enemy presence in your immediate vicinity.

The graphics have been improved since the game’s Atari days. The buildings, structures, and enemy forces including tanks, aircrafts, helicopters, trucks etc, are all rendered in 3D. This makes the environment quite realistic in a sea of more spartan, non-textured flight sims, but it still can’t make the game more complex than the plain blast-a-thon that it is.

System Requirements: Pentium 75 Mhz, 8 MB RAM, DOS

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