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DOS - 1993

Also released on: Amiga

Year 1993
Platform DOS
Released in Germany
Genre Simulation
Theme Flight, Vehicular Combat Simulator
Publisher Spectrum Holobyte, Inc.
Developer Digital Integration Ltd.
Perspectives 1st-Person, 3rd-Person
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.63
4.64 / 5 - 25 votes

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The original member of the ruling triumvirate (the other two being TFX and F-14 Fleet Defender, also on this site), and a definite triumph of content over style.

Ok boys and girls, this sim is as realistic as they came in ’93. You’ll fly either the IDS or ADV variants of the Tornado, in several campaigns. The original included three European theatres (not real locations, I’m afraid), but the expansion disk brought with it the Iraqi desert. The ADV apparently is only flyable in single mission or multiplayer (yes, this is one of the first multiplayer capable flight sims), while the campaign turns around the IDS. This game is about mud moving at it’s best, as all the campaign missions are ground attack ones.

The Tornado is a mighty beast, being able to fly at over Mach 1 at a constant altitude of 200 ft on autopilot (terrain following). Once you get to the objective, there’s a lot of munitions to do the work, all British in origin. The enemy can be turned off (you’re in for an easy ride) or on (your buggered). They’ll fight back, and avoiding enemy aircraft is really hard.

The campaign game is the major bonus as it is fully dynamic. The campaign will end when you have pushed the enemy from their positions and out of the theatre map. Flight modelling is top notch, even if avionics modelling isn’t totally realistic (some minor gripes with a few things). Even so, laser bombing runs are very good fun, as is dodging AAA on your way to a C&C bunker at 200 ft, and you’ll lose hours with one of the best mission planners ever.

Graphics are VGA resolution, totally polygonal, and very clear, but the menus use SVGA at 640x480 to good effect. Sound Blaster is supported, as well as MT-32 and Adlib. This is a game that every serious simmer should have on his shelf (or even better, on his hard drive), as it is one of the best flight sims ever made.

There is nothing really like this game nowadays, but there are rumors that a Tornado II will be coming after the Command edition of Digital Integration’s Super Hornet.

Review By HOTUD

Tornado has an addon available: Tornado: Operation Desert Storm, don't miss it!

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Comments and reviews

DeathFromAbove 2020-05-29 3 points

Bought this original and have the Holy Box still as a priceless piece of history!

Didn't know about the mods... I have not to blast trough it again... :-O...

FRANKIE TORNADOMAN KAM 2018-06-26 3 points DOS version

2018 is Tornado's 25th Anniversary. Look out for GamesTM magazine, issue 202. It has a interview with key person behind this classic and iconic simulator. Tornado is also probably the only DOS flight simulator of the 1990s that is still being modded, thanks to the availability of its source code.

See the "Modding Tornado" thread at,50.0.html

GuyFawkes 2018-03-19 1 point DOS version

You'r missing the Operation Desert Storm expansion. Also mods can be found here:

Frankie TornadoMan Kam 2017-01-21 0 point DOS version

Tornado is alive and well in 2017! Get the lowdown on Tornado at

Sjolnr 2016-03-07 1 point

Must... have... DOS... version...

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ManualFull documentation English version 4 MB (DOS) FixMission fix for Tornado 1.0d English version 790 B (DOS)

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