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Foxtrot Delta

DOS - 1990

Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Educational
Publisher Reckon Software Pty Ltd
Developer Reckon Software Pty Ltd
Dosbox support Supported on 0.61
3 / 5 - 2 votes

Description of Foxtrot Delta

Foxtrot Delta is a fun and unique edutainment game that teaches kids about Australia geography and history, as well as medical facts about major diseases.

The game casts you as a doctor/pilot working for Australia's Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), a wonderful airborne medical service founded by Reverend John Flynn in 1928. As a flying doctor, your job is to help prevent outbreak of deadly diseases by tracking down the carrier to the right location in Australia, diagnose the disease, and administer the correct antidote.

The game plays like a combination of Carmen Sandiego and the diagnosis portion of Life & Death. Once you receive an urgent radio message from the RFDS, you must take off in your plane (named "Foxtrot Delta," hence the game's name), travel to the right location, and start interviewing the locals to track down the disease carrier. In the process, you will learn snippets on the history and cultures of various cities in Australia. The diagnosis part of the game is simpler than in Life & Death, although you still need to remember salient facts and select the right antidote.

Foxtrot Delta is overall an interesting and unique title that manages to teach several subjects in the same program. It is not as varied or graphically appealing as Gumboots Australia or Bushbuck Charms, Reckon's two other major education games, but it is still worth a look.

It is also worth noting - and applauded - that portion of the proceeds from the sale of this game was donated to the RFDS. This is a great idea, and definitely should inspire more game companies to follow suit.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Melly 2022-07-01 0 point

Wow! You’re a legend Clairebear! My schoolmates and I used to love playing your game about 30 years ago. I went looking online for it to play again today. I’m impressed that you actually wrote it whilst mothering your young children. No easy feat…! Thank you for your positive addition to society. Hopefully this site will also upload your manual! If not, I’d love one ( Thank you!

admin 2017-12-26 2 points

@Clairebear: please send us a message through the contact page, we'd love to host a scanned version of the manual

Clairebear 2017-12-23 2 points

One of my daughters sent me the link to this site and it has been a lovely Christmas present to discover that children enjoyed my game Yes,! I am the author of Foxtrot Delta. As a scientist with some previous knowledge of Fortran, I wrote this game as a I learned to program in Basic on a PC when I was home looking after young children. By chance meeting, Reckon became the publisher. I went on to write image analysis software in the medical area of semen analysis but in semi retirement I have returned to creating educational games, but this time for visually impaired children. What a blast from the past this find has been. If anyone wants a manual from my original publication, I still have a few in the back of the cupboard!

LenaMacLaren 2016-08-04 0 point

I used to play this all the time as a kid and was keen to try it again and test my Aussie trivia. Great fun and quite challenging, as I remembered, but I was frustrated that I needed the manual for the code to unlock the medical chest as I hadn't seen it in years. Needing the manual for in game stuff seemed like a cool idea back in the day for anti piracy but it sure doesn't help now when your game floppies and manual have been missing in action for years.
I found a map and supplement here
that gave me a hint and now I can play through the whole game again!! :D
(code to unlock the medical chest is the first 3 letters of your current game day by the way)

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