Windows - 2000
Description of Airfix: Dogfighter
Airfix Dogfighter is a fun flight simulator that is perfect for the kid in all of us.
James Kay's review for the Games Domain says it all about this quirky underdog: "Almost every kid - unless they were seriously deprived - had a model aircraft at some point in their lives. Whether it was carefully glued together, smoothed off and carefully undercoated before painting, or whether it just got a slap of silver paint and some transfers glued onto the wings, every single child must have had one. And that is why Airfix Dogfighter will appeal to so many people.
You get to fly model WW2 planes around a house, shooting Mom's best china, attacking the enemy base (in the living room downstairs) or blasting through a window and taking on the Hun in the back garden. Excited? You should be. Another good point about Dogfighter is the cod WW2 atmosphere. And when I say "cod" I mean it's even fishier than Mr. Fish's Fish and Chip shop. Create a pilot, choose a mugshot, and before you can yell "Glue tubes away!" you're flying through over the landing to stop Jerry's latest offensive.
To get some idea of the humour I'll give you the brief for Mission Two: "Find American spies. Probably hiding in the kitchen." You can play as either the Allies (British and Americans) or the Axis (Germans and Italians). Neither has any real advantage over the other but you do get different missions and different planes to fly them in. As you might have guessed by now, this isn't a serious sim. For a start, these are model planes so how you're meant to simulate them is a bit of a moot point. Dogfighter is very simple, in fact it's so simple it's clearly aimed at children, but adults will probably find it quite amusing as well, at least in the short term.
There are only twenty missions in all, and you could finish the game in less than ten hours if you put your mind to it. This could be because it's aimed at children but again, Unique Development Studios could have improved simply because both the Axis and the Ally missions are of the same difficulty. If one were harder than the other you could play the easy one first and then get onto the really tough stuff. There's certainly enough playability to keep the player interested but there simply isn't the quantity, and instead of adding more missions, they've added some rather pointless dross.
But what actually does help is the multiplayer. You can play on a network or over the Internet (which runs quite smoothly), and if you get a few mates to fly against you can have a good few hours fun blasting away at each other. But again, there isn't much else to do and ultimately it's a bit like the single player: fun while it lasts, but over all too soon. On the whole, though, it's actually a darn good game. The planes glide around very convincingly, the humour is very tongue-in-cheek, graphics clear and crisp, and overall it works very well.
The only little niggle is that sometimes your planes can get stuck in awkward places when going for powerups, and the engine will toss it around for a while before it gets out. But it always does get out and although you might end up crashing into the furniture the game proved to be very stable and no problems were encountered during the play testing. It's a great game for younger kids, and quite a few adults will also find it tempting, but it's nowhere near long enough and only the very end missions on both the Axis and Ally campaigns will provide any decent sort of challenge. If you can find it in a bargain bin, go for it. If not, well, the kids would always like it."
Review By HOTUD
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Comments and reviews
Marco 2022-10-09 0 point
The issue you describe sounds like the one I had with Force 21, when playing from DxWnd in Software mode when I was on Windows 7. If you have a very poweful CPU (at least quad-core with 8 threads, like an i7-4710HQ that should emulate a Pentium MMX-233) and the patience to install and configure everything, I would recommend you PCEm or 86-Box and a legal copy of both MS-DOS 6.22 and Windows 98 (or get FREEDOS which is free, instead of MS-DOS). For both emulators, you'll need roms that are available on GitHub.
Depending on the game requirements (I lost Airfix' package along with original CD about 20 years ago, so I don't remember) you'll need at least a Socket 7 Motherboard and if you use Intel CPU (there are also AMD and Cyrix roms available but I don't use those as some of them are buggy), this is a 2000 game so I would try a Mobile Pentium MMX 300 (that's what I use for Force 21) and a graphics adapter up to 4 MB (S3 Virge DX, ATI-Mach64, Phoenix S3 Trio 64, etc..) with Voodoo 2 enabled, it's the best you can get with those GPUs.
Of course, as per VMware and VirtualBox, make sure to create a virtual Hard Disk before turning on the emulation or you'll be unable to install the OS.
Kloklok 2022-02-12 0 point
My game works just fine, but there are some things maybe missing or just not showing properly. For example when I try to play as first Fiat G-50 plane, the picture for ammo has white background instead of being transparent and the picture of the plane next to the health is just a white square. Can someone tell me why that is and how to fix it?
Battletyphoon 2021-02-07 1 point
I see some people struggling with installing and running the game. I have created a video guide on how to do it - hopefully it is allowed for me to link it here.
Basically, get a program that you can use to mount the BIN file (ex. PowerISO), open the BIN file and run the installer as administrator, install the 1.20 patch, and you should be good to go. The BIN file HAS to be mounted to run the game, which you can fortunately do automatically with PowerISO. I am sure there are other ways to do it, but this works flawlessly for me, with only 5 minutes of setup.
billycool 2020-04-06 2 points
i'm able to mount it no issues but when i click play on the game menu all it says is that it can't run, anyone have the same?
Pavel 2020-03-31 -1 point
Rip verze jede pecka super , hra mého mládí, neuvěřitelne že cca 20 let co jsem to hral naposled.
Perry Rhodan 2020-01-31 0 point
Can anyone confirm if this works under Windows 8.1? For me it keeps crashing every time I launch the game.
Faulting application name: Dogfighter.exe, version: 0.0.0.0, time stamp: 0x3a9bdb43
Faulting module name: MSCTF.dll, version: 6.3.9600.19464, time stamp: 0x5d6714e4
Exception code: 0xc0000005
Fault offset: 0x00048d36
Faulting process ID: 0x1614
Faulting application start time: 0x01d5d81aacd62217
Faulting application path: F:\Games\Paradox Entertainment\Airfix Dogfighter\Dogfighter.exe
Faulting module path: C:\Windows\SYSTEM32\MSCTF.dll
Report ID: f09a23c1-440d-11ea-82dd-f46d0464d884
Faulting package full name:
Faulting package-relative application ID:
RodionRaskoljnikov 2019-03-05 1 point
Extracted the archive using WinRAR, mounted bin/cue using Daemon Tools Lite, installed the game, works perfect. I'm using Windows 7 (64 bit).
UNJI 2019-02-28 2 points
mounted ISO File, successfully installed, and when i press OK button on setup screen.. nothing happens!
Buggeye 2019-01-21 2 points
Thank you. Plays "out of the box" on my recently resurrected Win 8.1 system.
firstname.lastname@example.org 2018-12-26 1 point
i cant playing this play in windows 7 ?
how can i playing in windows 7 please tell me
this massage appear to me when i start the play
notify you if a solution is available
Rupak 2018-12-09 -1 point
#Mart, you need to download a freeware tool like WinBin2Iso (http://www.softwareok.com/?seite=Freeware/WinBin2Iso) to convert the .bin file that is within the .zip download. Once you have the ISO, then under use any ISO mounting program (e.g. MagicISO or the built in one under Windows 10) and mount it as a drive. Once that is done, you will be able to install it and point it to the virtual drive when it asks for the CD.
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