Dawn Patrol

Copyright: © 1994 Empire Interactive Entertainment
Genre: Simulations


Dawn Patrol
Review 1:
I must admit that I wasn’t aware of any other simulation from the mid
90’s that was that close to Dynamix’s Red Baron game. Dawn Patrol offers
many of the same features, graphics and overall gameplay as seen in Red
Baron. Unlike other war flight simulation you play the game as different
scenarios instead of using the same pilot over and over in each mission.
You are also offered to play as the Germans or Allies at certain
missions. While most of the features in Dawn Patrol there are a few bad
issues regarding the control of your plane which just makes the game hard
and sometimes even unpredictable but if you can live with that (and I'm
sure you can do that, at least I could) then Dawn Patrol is a good
candidate for the next game you are going to play. There are different
planed included in the game as well as different aircrafts and other
military units. The different between them are not big though and the
developers could have used a bit more time on these things. Overall Dawn
Patrol is a very nice war simulation game taking place in the much more
interesting World War I (compared to World War II – at least in my
opinion) and Dawn Patrol is very high rated on my list only beating by
games like Red Baron and the Amiga game Wings from Cinemaware.

Review 2:

Having mastered World War 2 flight sims genre with games like Overlord,
which was one of the finest flight sims ever made for the Amiga, Rowan
Software turned their attention to WW1 air combat with Dawn Patrol. But
how do they compare against the phenomenal Red Baron from Dynamix or
MicroProse's Knights of The Skies? Very damn well, in fact. The
presentation and game structure of Dawn Patrol is quite unique. Instead
of following the career of a single pilot, the game revolves around a
sort of interactive "storybook", which describes famous air combats
during WW1 and then gives player a chance to relive them through the
flight sim part. Some missions even allow the player to choose the side,
which provides two alternate ways to fly the same mission. The graphics
are very good, especially in SVGA mode. Aircrafts are nicely rendered,
although the landscape is a bit sparse. This is not a huge downside,
though, considering that most of the action take place in the blue yonder
(e.g. dogfights). Sound is adequate, although some effects such as gun
strafing could be better sampled, and the moody music might get tiresome.
The fight model of the plane is probably the game's weakest spot, as
there seems to be no big differences between various aircrafts, and the
planes are a bit too fiddly (although that may be due to problems with my
joystick). Even with these faults, though, Dawn Patrol is an outstanding
flight sim that is more "light-weighted" than Rowan's other sims, given
some slack in realism. The game's "storybook approach" is a welcome
departure from the more typical career-based structure of most other
sims. Hardened flight sim fans might want something more serious, but for
casual armchair pilots or beginners, Dawn Patrol provides an educational
and enjoyable experience. Recommended! Note: the download here is
single-player version which is out of print. For a head-to-head modem
version, check out Dawn Patrol: Head to Head also on this site.

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