Tornado Digital Integration

Written by Phil on . Posted in Retro, Tornado

Yep, just look at those glorious pixels!

I recently got in touch with a chap called Frankie who has built a website all about Tornado after working on the source code for over a year to produce mods and many changes. If you want to download it and fly for free you can get it here. It is so easy to get running. This just adds to the overall joy of flying it.

Tornado was released in 1993. I had very little money (nothing changes)in the British Army serving abroad, and not  have a PC. Not a great position to be in to take the time to fly this remarkable study sim. I was aware that it was out and I remember reading great reviews inside PC gaming magazines of that time. When I was on leave I would go into a shop where you could buy games off the shelf in those large boxes which I collect now and I would hold Tornado in my hands and marvel at the weight of it all.

25 years later I am now flying it on my Windows 10 OS without any problems. You soon get over the shock of the graphics and realise how spoilt we have all become now days.

Flying fast and low into a hostile area is what it’s all about with this simulation. However the real gem the actual real heart of this is the mission planning. It is complex without being hard to use and a simply superb part of the game. You can coordinate strike packages to arrive at a target with precision and it works better than any modern mission planner.

 

 

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