Dogfighter Airfix
Written by Shigamoto   
Monday, 17 October 2005
Dogfighter from Airfix make those old plastic models come alive, but do we really want them alive? Read our review to find out.



Dogfighter from Airfix make those old plastic models come alive, but do we really want them alive? Read our review to find out.

At first glance this game looks like a simple promotion game. Airfix the company that manufacture plastic models of planes, tanks and infantry decided that they wanted a share of the lucrative computer games market. They put EON Digital Entertainment on developing the game.

The intro scenes in Dogfighter are of really poor quality, but don’t let them scare you away. Well inside the game you are presented with a number of options, for example there is a map editor, multiplayer options (over network and the Internet) and a single player campaign. You can also choose to paint your own planes.

There are 15 planes that you can fly, most of them are from World War 2 and includes famous planes like Spitfire and P51 Mustang. Each of them has their own characteristics, at least according to the developers. In reality the differences are limited, except for the appearance of the planes.

Grasping the game is simple, there are few controls that you have to understand. To be quite frank all you have to do is to adjust the speed, steer the plane and press fire once in a while. It sounds boring, but because it’s so simple the game really makes you sense that arcade cosiness.

The missions you are up against are everything from bombing enemy units and buildings to pure dogfights. It’s pretty standard for any flight simulator, but what makes this game a bit special is that you fly around in the living room of a house, or a bedroom. Airfix Dogfighter is much like the Micro Machines computer game but in the air.

Dogfighter can’t exactly brag about fancy graphics. Sure they are a lot better than some of the older arcade and flight simulator games. But they haven’t aged that well. The sound effects are quite good. I like that you for once really can hear the power of the machine guns. The game comes with a soundtrack that’s pretty off.

Overall the game is a fun arcade game; you can absolutely not call it a flight simulator though. Dogfighter is more of a game that you use to have some fun during the lunch or just to get the time to pass. Since the game has been translated into many languages it can be suitable for a younger audience. However many of the translations are downright ugly.


Related: Chuck Yeager's Air Combat
Developer: EON Digital Entertainment
Website for Game: N/A
Publisher:
Paradox Entertainment
O/S: Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
Cost of Full Game: N/A
Year of Release: 2001


Requirements:
Pentium II 266 MHz, 64 MB RAM
Tested on:
AMD Athlon 64 2.2 GHz, 2x512 MB RAM, Geforce 4 64 MB





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