Review: Battlehawks 1942

Battlehawks 1942

ST Amiga Format Review

My Review
https://www.starehry.eu/download/simulation/docs/Battlehawks.1942-Manual.pdf

As a kid I absolutely loved Battlehawks. It came in a beautifully designed box with a ring-bound manual (see link above) that was a really fascinating read, weighing in at 144 pages. Controls aren’t too complicated with mouse or joystick steering your plane and fire/left-click firing your cannons. L toggles your landing gear, F for your flaps (used to slow the plane down and get lift as you come in to land) and B to open/close the air brake. + and- set throttle, J jumps from the plane and Q quits the mission to get your evaluation. Your numeric keyboard offers different views from the cockpit.

The game throws you into a menu to choose your mission – moving the mouse up and down selects different options and clicking makes the selection.

The mission briefing tells you what to expect, and lets you set up your plane for battle.

I chose to use the mouse for control as it’s done right here. Moving the mouse left will roll to the left, to the right to the right and so on. The precision and flexibility offered is excellent.

Graphics are solid if unspectacular. Being at sea means the game doesn’t need to render much ground detail but the planes look lovely when you get close to them. The frame rate isn’t the smoothest but it’s good enough and doesn’t negatively impact upon gameplay.

My first engagement goes well, with me successfully killing off the enemy.

But that’s just training. Time to have a crack at a real mission. Watch me die.

Let’s set up the parameters for the mission.

I pussied out and picked Veteran instead of Ace, but otherwise stuck with defaults. The mission is to bomb and sink a carrier.

Those blue and white planes are on my side, so I must not shoot them!

There’s a smoking carrier…

Here’s a close up view of another boat.

And here’s what happened after I got hit by flak and plummetted to the ground.

And the full facepalm.

So while I suck, the game is damn good fun. It presents what it needs to present reasonably well, it’s got a beautiful manual (if you can get hold of an original boxed copy it’s wonderful), and the gameplay is excellent. It was good to go back to my childhood for a while, but the game is a good game beyond mere nostalgia. That said, there is a sequel (Their Finest Hour – edited for brain fart) which I’ve not yet played, so that might prove to be the better game.

ST/Amiga Format Issue 12

Issue 12 – Download

The World in May 1989
In the UK, Margaret Thatcher hit the 10 year milestone as Prime Minister, she would not be in the job for much longer. A divisive but hugely important figure in British politics, she reshaped the nation and battled the unions to restore order to British society and modernised a country that had previously been the sick man of Europe. Among the left however she was mostly known as the milk snatcher, due to taking away free school milk.

In football Liverpool beat Everton in the FA Cup final while Arsenal won the first division (which is now known as the Premier League) – they beat Liverpool courtesy of a goal in the last minute of the last game [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liverpool_0–2_Arsenal_(26_May_1989)].

In the US, Disney World opened its doors for the first time, Oliver North was found guilty of criminal charges in the Iran Contra affair, and the Magellan probe was launched towards Venus. Elsewhere, the first McDonalds in the USSR began construction in Moscow, and in China the Tianemen Square protests continued with a crackdown from the Chinese government.

The film charts are truly awful – to the point I’m going to skip it entirely. Click if you dare.

The album chart is a mixed bag with Jason Donovan at #1, the brilliant Simple Minds at #2 (though not with one of their better albums), the god-awful Clannad at #8, actually the charts are horrible. Please let the singles chart be better…

The singles chart has the wonderful Kylie Minogue at #1, something I’m ok with as she’s the sexiest woman alive. Queen are at #3 with one of their weaker tracks while London Boys sit at #4 with a brilliant song you’ve probably never heard…

.. and we see Holly Johnson and Transvision Vamp rounding out the top 10. Acid House starts to make an impact on the charts with The Beatmasters and Who’s In The House at #11.

Not much happened in the world of TV – May was a bit of a dull month in many respects.

The Magazine
This issue is a blatant attempt to sell the magazine with sex. What it actually pertains to is whether games like Leisure Suit Larry and the many crappy strip poker games should be available to under 18s. For the former, I say why not. For the latter – I reckon they’d be better off paying a tramp to buy them a copy of Playboy. Pages 61-67 cover the topic, and quite a few pages have tits on them, out uncensored. I’m not sure that was allowed back then without being on the top shelf so I can only imagine someone got a slap on the wrists.

On the cover disk we have the excellent Colossus Chess X for the Amiga while the Atari ST gets Flair Paint (both demos).

Previews
The previews section sees Microprose Soccer, created by the team which would go on to be Sensible Software, creators of the legendary Sensible Soccer. We see another Freescape game previewed in the form of Total Eclipse. Finally we have a rundown on things coming from Mirrorsoft – Highlights are Xenon 2 from the legendary Bitmap Brothers and the less legendary 3D weird thing Interphase which would eventually be given away free on an ST Format cover disk.

Reviews
Missing the cut this month.. no idea because that section is missing. Looking at the reviews that made the cut perhaps they didn’t have many choices.

Games reviewed this month:
Time Scanner (Pinball – Activision – £24.95 Amiga/£19.95 ST – 67%)
Lords Of The Rising Sun (Minigames – Cinemaware – £24.95 – 84%)
BattleHawks (WW2 Flight Sim – US Gold – £24.99 – 73%)
Vindicators (Shooter – Domark – £19.99 – 71%)
Millenium 2.2 (Strategy – Activision – £24.99 – 86%)
Typhoon Thompson (No Fucking Idea – Domark – £19.99 – 86%)
Voyager (3D shooty thing – Ocean – £19.99 – 76%)
Thunderbirds (Platform shooter – Grandslam – £24.95 – 77%)
Squeek (Puzzle – Loriciel – £19.95 – 52%)
Bio Challenge (Turrican-ish – Palace – £19.99 – 86%)
Darkside (Freescape – Domark – £24.95 – 87%)

Of those, really only Battlehawks is worth reviewing. I played it a fair bit when I was younger and had a real blast with it, so I’ll be pretty happy to have a bit more time with it.

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Review: Battlehawks 1942

Battlehawks 1942 ST Amiga Format Review My Reviewhttps://www.starehry.eu/download/simulation/docs/Battlehawks.1942-Manual.pdf As a kid I absolutely loved Battlehawks. It came in a beautifully designed box with a ring-bound manual (see link above) that was a really fascinating read, weighing in at 144 pages. Controls aren’t too complicated with mouse or joystick steering your plane and fire/left-click firing your…More