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  1. A long while ago I found a shareware/demo version of a DOS WWII flight sim called Great Air Battles: 1941-1942, which stated that it was created with Domark Software's Flight Sim Toolkit (FST). I took note of that but could not find much relevant info online. Recently, after I stumbled upon another FST game, Wings of Thunder, I decided to do more thorough research and discovered that back in the 90s, there was a very active community that produced various flight sims, some shareware and some freeware, with FST. Domark/Simis released several updates that introduced many improvements both to the tool set and the programme itself, including the switch to hi-res 640x480 SVGA/VESA modes from the default 320x200. Sometime around 1997, the source code was released to the community as well, with the intent of producing a native Windows version (which is now available here). The original version of FST was also available as a free download from Kuju (formerly Simis) website in the 2000s. The community was apparently not very large, centred around this site: http://www.mcnett.org/fst/ It is still accessible via the Wayback Machine, but in rather piecemeal state of preservation, with many files missing or being only incomplete copies. And most mirrors of the same contents were located at various FTP sites that have now disappeared completely. For a useful reference, and to get the basic idea of the scale and number of these projects, here is a Wayback Machine copy of an FST sim catalogue that was maintained by Adrian E. Brown (categories are on the top of the page): http://www.adrianebrown.co.uk/flightsimtoolkit/frc/simulations/civilian/index.html A different user started a topic at VOGONS forums, which was soon joined by a veteran of the FST community. Regrettably, at this point, not a lot of the above have been found. All sims play fine in DOSBox. Here's the list: a. Complete games by Ron Walker/Ground Zero Simulations (all free, all Wayback Machine links work): Skyhawk Attack Tornado Squadron Harrier Strike Jaguar GR1: Strike Force Delta Zulu Eurofigher 2010 b. Shareware games by Raymond Purvis/Viper Software (mostly original ZIP archives from various sources): Aces of World War One: acesww1.zip Battle of Britain: bob.zip (this is a repack, not the original ZIP) Battle of the Midway - not found, file name MIDWAY.ZIP Berlin 1955: berlin10.zip Cyborg Invasion - not found, file name CYBORG.ZIP Eurofighter 2005: ef2005.zip F-16 Operation Black Diamond: bdiamon1.zip F-86 MiG Mayhem Pacific Ocean - not found, file name MAHEM.ZIP Falklands Air War 1982 - not found, file name unknown Korean Air War - not found, file name KOREA.ZIP Private Pilot: ppilt145.zip Reno Racing 2000 - not found, file name RENO.ZIP Vietnam Flight Simulator: vietnam.zip c. Simulations by Luca Oleastri (D.U.O.): Wings Over Italy shareware 1.1 SHADO: UFO Attack Sky Base BETA 1 (earlier version) The Starfleet Museum Spaceship Troopers DEMO d. Simulations by Jose Sanchez: Spanish Civil War 2.31 Wings over Los Andes e. Simulations by Daniel Berlin: Barrels in Congo Demo: congo.zip JAS 39 GRIPEN 0.95: gripen.zip JAS 39 GRIPEN 0.96: Gripen.zip (broken archive, attempts to restore failed so far) JAS 39 GRIPEN upgrade to 0.96a: Upgr096a.zip f. Simulations by Kevin Kwan/Minerva Interactive: Operation Coruscant Sweep Demo Blade Runner Technology Demo Version 1 (another version found here) g. Simulations by various authors: Veritech: Variable Fighter Simulator (public domain): VERITECH.ZIP Joerg's Fligh Sim 1.0 Wings of Thunder: wings_of.zip (repacked file) Flight Simulation 99 by Martin Mager (repacked file) Hammerheads v2.0: hammerhe.zip (repacked file) Project Kursk by Charles Dunne F-117A Stealth Fighter: Night Flight to Baghdad by Forest Pearson War Jet by David Woods: warjet.arc Great Air Battles by Charles B. Law If anyone has further information on FST sims, or any copies of games not listed above, please feel free to share!
  2. Tornado: Operation Desert Storm Type: Playable Demo Download: DSDEMO.ZIP
  3. Found a copy of the enitre Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe/Battle of Britain demo disk from Lucasflim Games: SWOTL.ZIP Most other packages I found at cd.textfiles.com are incomplete (apparently whoever zipped them forgot to add commands to recurse subdirectories and add contents), making the demo versions unplayable. The one I linked to in my previous post does work though, but it's very clearly not the original thing, and it also lacks the non-interactive demo of The Battle of Britain.
  4. Found two more playable demo versions: Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe Type: Playable Demo Download: SECWULFT.ZIP Tornado Type: Playable/Self-Running Demo Download: TORNAD_D.ZIP Download (UK version): TORNADO.ZIP
  5. Recently I found out that quite a remarkable Russian* indie fantasy turn-based strategy/role-playing game called Eador. Genesis had been finally translated into English (the game was released in 2009) and is available from GOG.com. Eador is made in a distinct old-school style and adheres to the best of the turn-based strategy and role-playing game traditions, improving on the ideas and mechanics from such classic titles as Warlords, Master of Magic, Dominions, Age of Wonders and Heroes of Might and Magic, as well as Sid Meier's Civilization and Master of Orion. Despite its immediately familiar visuals, the game is neither a straightforward clone nor a simple mixture of any of those, but an independent, unique game, envisioned and designed by its author and project leader, Alexey Bokulev. What makes Eador stand out is the complexity of the game world: it had been thought out to the tiniest detail, and everything is important. The players are given free hand in in the way they develop their armies, economy and politics, the alliances they make and the technologies they acquire. There is absolutely no railroading on the part of the game whatsoever. Want to build up an army comprising entirely of ranged units? You can do that. Want to become a powerful necromancer? Sure thing. You wish to become a goody-good lawful leader who is allied with Elves or Dryads? That is also possible. In Eador, it's easy to grasp the basics but you'll spend quite some time learning the intricacies of the game, some of which are not immediately obvious. Thankfully the game has a very friendly and extensive tutorial that allows to learn playing essentials without having to suffer from natural mistakes. Combat is quite an important aspect in Eador but it's not the only thing that matters. You'll also need to manage your provinces, expand your influence by means of diplomacy or good reputation, and deal with a huge variety of unique events that occur in your kingdom from time to time. Every decision matters as it affects the player's reputation and moral alignment. The mainstay of gameplay are heroes, who can be also guided to become whatever a player desires. There are four basic classes (Warrior, Ranger, Commander and Mage), each with lots of unique skills and abilities, and the ability to multi-class once they had levelled up enough times, opening numerous paths of development. Each class serves its own purpose - thus a Ranger, for example, excels at diplomacy and province exploration, while a Commander can field the most number of units in his party at any time. Regular units also level up and can gain additional abilities as they grow in skill. Not all units and technologies are available from the start, as there is no fixed tech tree; some units can only be acquired by making alliances or visiting special locations. Eador has too many features to be listed in their entirety without the list becoming an expansive strategy guide for the game. Much fun is in discovering them on your own. There's a Russian language demo available from the official site (I don't know if there is an English demo). There is also a screenshot gallery. * Alexey Bokulev lives in Ukraine but the original release of the game is in Russian and Russian is his native language.
  6. Thanks! I used to play F-19 a lot back in the 90s, never got too good at it but it was fun
  7. Being a long-time old school flight sim fan, I've decided to make a list of playable demo versions of DOS flight sims that can be found on the net. This is probably still incomplete, and includes a variety of original internet downloads as well as special CD releases*: Air Power: Battle in the Skies Aircraft: various (fictional) Developer: Rowan Software Publisher: Mindscape International Type: Playable & Self-Running Demo MobyGames: link Download: INSTALL.EXE Download (later demo): APDEMO.EXE Air Warrior Aircraft: various (WWII era) Developer: Kesmai Corporation Publisher: On-Line Entertainment Type: Online game client /w single-player capability MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: PCAIRWA1.ZIP, PCAIRWA2.ZIP Apache Aircraft: AH-64D Apache Longbow Developer: Digital Integration Publisher: Interactive Magic Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: APCHDEMO.ZIP Black Knight: Marine Strike Fighter Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet Developer: SE Software Publisher: FormGen Type: Shareware MobyGames: link Download v1.1: BKSE11A.ZIP, BKSE11B.ZIP Download v1.2: BKSE12A.ZIP, BKSE12B.ZIP Download v1.3: BKSE13A.ZIP, BKSE13A.ZIP Download v1.33: BKSE13A.ZIP, BKSE13B.ZIP Dawn Patrol Aircraft: various (WWI era) Developer: Rowan Software Publisher: Empire Interactive Entertainment Type: Playable & Self-Running Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download programme disk (installer): PATROL Download preinstalled VGA version: DAWNL.ZIP Download preinstalled SVGA version: DAWNH.ZIP Download preinstalled SVGA version (folder): DPATROL Evasive Action Aircraft: various Developer: Particle Systems Publisher: Mindscape Internaitonal Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Download: EACDEMO.ZIP F-15 Strike Eagle III Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle Developer: MicroProse Software Publisher: MicroProse Software Type: Playable & Self-Running Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: F15SE3.ZIP F-117A Nighthawk Stealth Fighter 2.0 Aircraft: Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk Developer: MicroProse Software Publisher: MicroProse Software Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: F117DEMO.ZIP [F117AD.ZIP] F-22 Lightning II Aircraft: Lockheed Martin/Boeing F-22 Raptor Developer: NovaLogic Publisher: NovaLogic Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: F22DEMO.EXE Falcon 3.0 Aircraft: General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon Developer: Sphere Publisher: Spectrum Holobyte Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: FALCON3.ZIP Fighter Duel Aircraft: various (WWII era) Developer: Jaeger Software Publisher: Philips Interactive Media Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Download: FDDEM10A.ZIP, FDDEM10B.ZIP Download (folder): FDDEMO Fighter Duel Special Edition Aircraft: various (WWII era) Developer: Jaeger Software Publisher: Infogrames Multimedia Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Download: FDDEM3.ZIP Flying Corps Aircraft: various (WWI era) Developer: Rowan Software Publisher: Empire Interactive Entertainment Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download demo v1.00b: This demo apparently originates from the Computer Gaming World CD #156 (July 1997), but has made its way onto other cover disks too. I have no idea if Rowan released any downloadable demo of the same game - original distributions of their stuff are all quite hard to find! The readme mentions another, earlier demo, "v1.00 Big Momma Demo", but so far I have found no further information on that one. Great Air Battles: Remember Pearl Harbor Aircraft: various (WWII era) Developer: Charles B. Law Publisher: N/A Type: Shareware Download v2.1: GAB-V21.ZIP Download v2.5: GAB_V25.ZIP Gunship 2000 Aircraft: various (modern) Developer: MicroProse Software Publisher: MicroProse Type: Playable & Self-Running Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: GS2000.ZIP [GSPLAY.ZIP] HIND: The Russian Combat Helicopter Simulation Aircraft: Mil Mi-24 "Hind" Developer: Digital Integration Publisher: Interactive Magic Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Download (folder): HIND Jane's Combat Simulations: Advanced Tactical Fighters Aircraft: various (modern) Developer: Electronic Arts Publisher: Electronic Arts Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Download: Demu.org JetFighter III Aircraft: various (modern) Developer: Mission Studios Publisher: Mission Studios Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Download pre-release test/demo: GameFront Download demo v1.22: JF3DEM.EXE Download demo v1.31: FilePlanet LHX Attack Chopper Aircraft: various (modern, fictional) Developer: Electronic Arts Publisher: Electronic Arts Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: LHXDEMO.ZIP MiG-29 Fulcrum Aircraft: Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-29 "Fulcrum" Developer: Simis Publisher: Domark Software Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link MigMan: link Download: MIG29.ZIP Overlord Aircraft: various (WWII era) Developer: Rowan Software Publisher: Virgin Interactive Entertainment Type: Playable and Self-Running Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download program disk: LORD1.ZIP Download SVGA graphics disk: LORD2.ZIP Su-25 Stormovik Aircraft: Sukhoi Su-25 "Frogfoot" Developer: Electronic Arts Publisher: Electronic Arts Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Download: SU25DEMO.ZIP Su-27 Flanker Aircraft: Sukhoi Su-27 "Flanker" Developer: Flying Legends Publisher: Strategic Simulations, Inc. Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Download: SU27.ZIP Download (folder): SU27 Thunderhawk AH-73M Aircraft: AH-73M Thunderhawk (fictional) Developer: Core Design Publisher: Core Design Type: Playable Demo MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: THUNDER.ZIP Wings of Glory Aircraft: various (WWI era) Developer: Origin Systems Publisher: Electronic Arts Video mode(s): VGA MobyGames: link Wikipedia: link Download: WOGDEMO.ZIP Download CD demo: link *NOTE: Square brackets indicate original file name where applicable.
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