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The Dam Busters

DOS - 1985

Also available on: Amstrad CPC - Apple II - ColecoVision - Commodore 64 - MSX

Alt names The Dambusters, ダムバスターズ, Dam Busters
Year 1985
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action, Simulation, Strategy
Theme FPS, Flight, Historical Battle (specific/exact), Licensed Title, Real-Time, Shooter, World War II
Publisher Accolade, Inc.
Developer Sydney Development Corp.
Perspective 1st-Person
4.85 / 5 - 13 votes

Description of The Dam Busters

Decent conversion of Sydney Development's (Evolution) very early World War II flight simulator, released for the C64 in 1984. Despite primitive CGA graphics, The Dambusters is surprisingly complex for its time, offering multiple views, control options for the cannons, and various instruments on an authentic-looking panel.

Although you can only fly one plane in the game, it's a very special plane that is rarely modeled in flight sims: the Lancaster bomber, a fearsome bomber of the British R.A.F. The plane's place in aviation and war history is secured by the heroic deeds of an R.A.F. squadron who bombed a number of crucial dams in Germany in WWII, earning the name "the dambusters." Your mission is to follow in these heroes' footsteps, although you must contend with various air hostiles on your way to the dams.

Although there is really only one mission (dam bombing), you can choose what stage of the mission you want to start from. Flight handling is excellent for its time, and the multiple views and multiple stations (bombadier, pilot, gunner, and navigator) foreshadow MicroProse's excellent B-17 Flying Fortress years later.

Definitely a classic, albeit forgotten, sim that deserves to be mentioned alongside BAO Software's classic Jet and many others. Two thumbs up!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Golem 2023-06-06 1 point Commodore 64 version

Good old memories playing this game then.

JOE 2017-06-24 0 point ColecoVision version

Hard as s**t and mindless waiting to fly to the waypoint, assuming you don't get a random fighter.

AJ 2016-03-06 -1 point

It's a game, don't you get it, it's supposed to be a bit of entertainment. It was given away free, stop moaning. If you can do better get programming, best of luck with that. Personally I thought it was alright for a bit of harmless fun on a Sunday evening when the |TV was c**p.

@Anon 2014-06-07 1 point DOS version

This is NOT a great game! The C64 version was bad enough NVM this bent effort with it's CGA graphics.
I was fooled into buying this by a totally false and overexaggerated good review by Zzap64 magazine (they must have been bribed), they made it sound like an advanced version of the 1980 Intellivision B17 Bomber. ZZap64 lied you could attack any target on the map of Europe. You couldn't. Only the dams, that was it. The map of Europe was all meaningless cosmetic eyecandy.

The game sucked big time and was a total ripoff (plus they mustve bribed reviewers of the time too)

Dam 2014-02-07 1 point DOS version

They said a bad word!

Anon 2009-10-17 0 point DOS version

This is a great game!

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