Whenever "flight" games are mentioned in passing conversation, you immediately think of MicroProse and their ubiquitous collection of flight simulations. I don't suppose it ever dawned on anyone to make an arcade "flight" game. The only decent one I can think of was the fantastic PD software that called itself Blip.
Rasputin Software have seen this gap in the flight market and created Jet Strike, a plane game with a difference. In Rasputin's flight of fancy you must stop the devious SPUDD forces by attacking them with your, ahem "borrowed" aircraft.
Your commanding officer will give you a mission objective which you have to achieve without dying. Simple? Hmm, not very. First of all you have to learn how to fly the aircraft; this is not an easy task and one which you must persevere with.
Pushing the joystick up rotates the aircraft anti-
There are over 135 missions and you get a choice of 40 different aircraft including the surreal dragon option) to fly in them. All the missions demand a balance between both skill and tactics to complete. Jet Strike is a unbelievably big game and the game's creators reckon that it will take an average player many months to work through all the combat missions.
Just like Blip there is a two-player option in the form of an Aerolympics competition. This lets you and a chum to take it in turns to fly ten aeronautical test against the clock. The aim is to get more points than your opponent and this is achieved y doing the tests quicker and, err having the ability not to crash!
Jet Strike is an original piece of software and one I would heartily recommend to any gamer. The control system is difficult, but Rome wasn't built in a day, so you should be able to put up with.
The graphics are really cool; although they're quite small they are wonderfully detailed. If you're looking for something a bit different this month then take a quick squint at Jet Strike you won't regret it.