MicroProse Software, Incorporated is back at it with their release and development of Knights of the Sky, yet another flight simulation game, this time centering around the historic battles of the first World War. It was released for play in the very early nineties, and actually made appearances on other formats, despite its main DOS play.
Knights of the Sky is a very versatile World War One flight simulator that features twenty different air craft for the user to pilot. Each craft is unique, with unique capabilities and handling. There is also great diversity in the types of missions the user can undertake. He can choose to fly practice runs with no enemies present in order to familiarize himself with the game’s controls. He can fly against unarmed enemies to practice dodging and the basic elements of dogfighting. Beyond that, he is able to launch single, simple missions, or complete campaigns which will take him all the way through World War I. There are a variety of enemies, depending on the type of mission, ranging from fighters and bombers to balloons and blimps. It is also possible to engage in missions against ground targets, such as supply trains, and strafe multiple targets. There are escort missions, where the goal is decidedly different than just blowing things up. Overall, the missions also offer a great deal of variety in play and depth.
Knights of the Sky offers a nice overall World War I flying experience. The map is quite large, especially that of an entrenched France. The biggest drawbacks to the game include the fact that the approaching enemy planes develop very predictable patterns, flight schedules, and attacks, making them easy to bring down. Also, the flight models for the planes that the user will be flying are not superbly accurate, but they are passable. A highlight of Knights of the Sky, which was especially important at the time, was the ability to use a modem to connect with other pilots and undertake two-player gaming. This was very rare in 1990, and was an excellent feature that made the game much more popular.
In short, Knights of the Sky might not be the world’s greatest World War I flight simulator, but it certainly has its merits and would make a great download. It is very versatile, both in the type of planes available, and the types of missions the user can fly. This adds greatly to the replay factor of the game, making it further recommended for play.
Written by: ~Shannon