Description of MiG-29 Fulcrum
MiG. The name instills images of ruggedly built, ugly aircraft with limited range and payload but with great maneuverability. Well, that maybe true if we're talking about 50's or 60's MiGs. But just look at the graceful lines of MiG-29, and you might retract that judgment. MiG-29 is one of the best fighter in the world. Tasked with close-in dogfights and ground attack like it's American counterpart, the F-16, this fighter complements it's larger interceptor sibling, the Su-27. Codenamed Fulcrum by NATO, this aircraft is also one of the most maneuverable fighter of its generation.
MiG-29, the game, is one of the first attempts to model Soviet-built fighters in PC. And the designer have successfully made a mixed-bag product. The flight modelling itself is okay, for a sim from its era. Small realistic touches, like using metric measurements instead of English, is a plus (even Spectrum Holobyte did not use metric measurements in their MiG-29 game for gameplay reasons). Weapons modeling is also sufficiently convincing.
The graphics engine, provided by Domark, closely resembles the low-res version of its Flight Sim Toolkit. The manual, like manuals of that time, goes beyond the call of duty in providing information on how to play the game and background information of the plane itself. The downside of this sim is the limited missions supplied with it (you won't run out of fingers counting them). The missions themselves are quite interesting, mind you. In addition, the designers seemed to have decided to further insult our intelligence by using "Cyrillic-like" characters in the menu screen which is not only not cyrillic, but also downright ugly.
MiG-29 is an interesting game for memory's sake. However, if you really want to fly a simulated Fulcrum, you'd better pick up the aforementioned Spectrum Holobyte's MiG-29. Or wait until Flanker 2.5 is released...
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
bellarmine 2018-04-02 3 points DOS version
Boy this brings back memories, playing this with my friend on his 386 back in 1996! Don't know if you'll get this cocaMOLEaaa, but you can use a keyboard, mouse, or joystick with this game. Here's (short) Keyvoard ref from memory:
When you're in the cockpit, press
Ctrl+M for mouse,
Ctrl+K for keyboard.
Ctrl+J for joystick?? (not sure).
W and B for air/wheel brakes
L for gear,
I think Tab fires those unguided missiles.
Ctrl+A for auto-level,
S for horizon detail off if your machine is too slow (like a 286 - wooo!)
Q all sound off
N for that really ANNOYING engine sound only off
I think [ ] cycles though weapons - AS-8 for air and AS-7 for ground targets.
Sometimes on some machines the PC Speaker sound is completely different, more 'musical' sounding, not sure what causes that. Hope this helps, what a historic game! Bellarmine
cocaMOLEaaa 2016-02-14 0 point
ok.....the language seems to be in Russian(comrades)
there does NOT seem to be any way to control this game with keyboard or mouse.
it seems you NEED a pc flight stick of some sort to play this.
on the PLUS side I really like the visuals, they are a lot prettier than most flat shaded dogfight games.
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