DOS - 1993
Description of Strike Commander
This sim is unique due to the fact that you are not playing the role of a military pilot like in other combat flight sims. Instead, you play as the commander of the Wildcats, a struggling mercenary squadron operating out of Turkey, flying F-16 fighters. Although you are based in Turkey, your mission will take you to almost every part of the world.
You fly, like the name suggests, mostly ground strike missions. However, you can always count of some air-to-air encounters in your missions. This adds another twist to the sim, because if you are intercepted in your way to the target, you will have to fight in a disadvantaged position (you're carrying all kinds of bombs, while your opponents don't). You are paid for completing your missions, and use the money to finance your group (i.e., buying more weapons). It is therefore advantageous to become adept at destroying targets using cheap weapons to maximize your profits (e.g. using Mk 82s instead of GBU 15s).
Graphically, Strike Commander was a generation ahead compared to its peers. Like all Chris Roberts' sims, Strike Commander also have a rather interesting story, although might not be as deep as the Wing Commander series. All these aspects are blended together to give a very pleasant gaming experience.
Strike Commander is not the "purist's" sim like Falcon 3.0. The flight, avionics and weapons modelling is not that convincing. However, it still offers a unique twist to combat simulations, and will give you a lot of intense dogfighting action. If you want to experience a sim that "dared to be different", you cannot go wrong with Strike Commander.
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no more gog 2014-09-25 -2 points DOS version
dont buy from gog,the money you give them is probably used to buy copyright licences. making more games no longer abandonware,and you will see all the cool games dissappear from great sites like this.donate to these guys
D-Noise 2014-01-23 1 point DOS version
This was also my first (serious?!) flight sim. Bought it together with X-Wing and my first PC - a DX2 66MHz/8MB/VESA local bus graphics, SB16 and 200MB SCSI. And this was at the time when everyone else still was on the Amiga 500. I broke new ground among my friends going from A500/Atari 1040 to PC!! :) This game was optimal together with the Thrustmaster!! The whole batch at a cost of around $5500 in Sweden...
GoG-ite 2013-03-27 -1 point DOS version
Just a notice: this is available on GoG.com now. So it's not abandonware any more. You might consider getting it there. It still is an awesome game!
John 2013-03-06 0 point DOS version
Waaaa Hoooo! This was my first flight sim - most amazing maneuver ever .... only had a GBU .... all other ammo expended .... air craft severely damaged, bingo fuel .... one last enemy and I can't leave the area until they're destroyed. Fly head on, full speed .... last second, pull up and release GBU ....... MISSION F****ING ACCOMPLISHED!!!!!!
Never finished the game - must finish it now that I found it again
stormr 2013-03-02 0 point DOS version
Wow! Brought back memories. Had got this game with a Creative "Multimedia Kit" , which had a 2x CD-ROM Drive, Creative Speakers, and SoundBlaster 16. State of the art for that time :D
Finished first without Joystick, and then once again a year or so later when had got a Logitech Wingman Light, with 2 buttons :)
rupert 2012-09-13 -1 point DOS version
I played almost all the missions without a joystick! What a game! I love it! Really blew my mind.
Mohsin Ghori(mohsinAKG@Gmail.com) 2012-06-23 0 point DOS version
Hi, nice to c this 1s again here at net. 17,18 years back i had a self-experience of playing this SC, thanks for recalling my memories of past. i have completed all the missions of SC and enjoyed it a lot having joystick in my hand,hope origion will introduce SC-2 for windows and new operating systems as well. 4.99stars to Strike Commander!
Paradigm 2012-04-04 0 point DOS version
A great classic game from the DOS era. Sort of Wing Commander meets Privateer but with jets.
Virtually unplayable without a joystick though...and who has a joystick anymore? Does DOSBOX even support them?
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