64k cassette £9.95
New trends fade almost as fast as they are
introduced, but flight simulators seem to be as popular as ever.
This one from Digital Integration is, in effect, an Atari follow-up
to their previous smash hit, Fighter Pilot. This time out it's based
around a helicopter rather than a jet fighter, the chopper in
question being the U.S. Army AH-64A Apache.
TOMAHAWK appears to be an enhanced version of it's
predecessor. The graphic display is virtually identical and the
screen view and accompanying instrument panel will be familiar to
all Fighter Pilot fans. There are various improvements here and
there, of course –and no fiddly 'Lenslock' to contend with either!
All the usual flight options have been retained, but TOMAHAWK is a
much more complicated beast than it's Fighter Pilot counterpart and
more keyboard controls are required to operate it. This shouldn't
cause any headaches for flight addicts though.
The in-flight graphics have been spruced up no end and the game
boasts over 7000 ground features which are mainly in 3-D, and the
geometrical shapes have a certain feeling of depth to them rather
than the usual vague outlines often found in this type of game.
D.I.'s 3-D 'real world' display includes landing pads, buildings,
trees, transmission pylons, mountains, enemy tanks, field guns and
helicopters, so there's plenty to get excited about.
TOMAHAWK is a genuine luxury product with all the trimmings. If
you're into flight simulators, don't miss it!!