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DOS - 1985

Alt name Sopwith 2
Year 1985
Platform DOS
Released in Canada
Genre Action
Theme Arcade, Flight, Shooter, World War I
Publisher BMB Compuscience
Developer BMB Compuscience
Perspective Side view
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.61
5 / 5 - 5 votes

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Two of the best-loved "cult classics" of all time, Sopwith and its much-improved successor, Sopwith 2 are classic CGA games that gave birth to the genre of flying-planes-to-destroy-stuff. Among the now-legendary gameplay, the original Sopwith even had multiplayer network options that took advantage of BMB Compuscience's "Imaginet" network product (As a matter of fact, the game was designed precisely to demonstrate Imaginet, according to the author).

So what is special about Sopwith and its sequel? The best answer is that both games are just incredibly addictive and fun. Sopwith is a side-scrolling biplane action game involving two sides: cyan and magenta planes. Your goal in single-player is to destroy all of the enemy buildings and vehicles, either by shooting, bombing, or colliding with them. To stop you, the enemy has deployed planes to shoot you down and buildings that shoot anti-aircraft fire at you. Each level ends when all the enemy buildings and vehicles are destroyed, and is followed by a faster and more difficult level with the same map. Despite being an arcade game, all the elements of a good flight simulation are included, including limited ammo, ground-based artillery, limited fuel, and a limited number of bombs.

What makes Sopwith legendary is the ability to handle up to 8 players in multiplayer mode (4 human and 4 computer). The original Sopwith did not have much of a physics model, and the AI was quite weak. Sopwith 2 improves upon the original in various ways, including more intelligent enemy planes, more enemies (inlcuding pesky birds), larger explosions, deformable terrain, and a cool real-time radar and mapping feature. Best of all, Sopwith 2 was coded with an internal timer that allows the game to play at the same speed on modern Pentiums as on IBM XT computers (similar to Alley Cat).

With exceptional playability, simple controls, and many surprises, Sopwith and Sopwith 2 are simply must-haves for every arcade fan. Also be sure to check out Sopwith: The Author's Edition-- the definitive and best version of the game, released as freeware by designer David Clark in 2000. Two thumbs up, way up!

Review By HOTUD

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Flight Instructor 2023-12-31 1 point


Right-hand controls:
. - flip the plane upside down
?/ - push forward on the stick (down)

Left-hand controls
x - go faster
b - drop a bomb
space bar - shoot

Other controls:
h - return to home field
s - toggle sound

blahblah 2019-01-02 1 point

Blowing up the fuel depots was so satisfying... with the music playing and the explosions. Flying in fast and high to drop a bomb while being chased and not knowing if the bomb was on target would put you on-edge for a second or so until it finally hit the target. So satisfying!

Joe Mama 2017-03-18 2 points

Oh man, this game was always ever-so-hard to play, yet it kept me wanting to keep trying.

Sopwith Pilot 2014-10-20 2 points DOS version

WOW! I haven't seen this game in about 27 years! I remember playing this a lonnnng time ago!

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