I noticed an odd Russian game named Pe-2 Dive Bomber on sale at Impulse today for $11. I looked at a few screen shots, and they reminded me a lot of Wings of Fury. I downloaded the demo from here:
And I was very pleased with it… it is indeed a modern take on Wings of Fury, but with a bit more sim-like elements thrown in and a more complex campaign.
If you don’t know or remember Wings of Fury, here’s a short description:
It was an old Apple ][ game by the guy who made Choplifter (with an upgraded graphics version released on PC and Amiga later).
You flew a bomber/fighter in the same side-scrolling perspective as in Choplifter. However, the game was much more involved. You chose what type of armament to outfit (bombs, rockets, torpedoes) and flew sorties over islands in the Pacific. These islands had AA guns, troop barracks, fuel tanks, bunkers, and other strategic elements.
The hook of the game was plotting out how to defeat each island. You could do a few high level bombing passes over the island, hoping to take out some of the AA guns. Or, you could take a riskier route and directly dive bomb them, taking damage, and hobbling back to your carrier to rearm.
I -loved- that game. And I’m pretty sure I’m going to really dig Pe-2 as it seems the designers definitely took their cue from it.
Here’s some Wings of Fury screenshots for nostalgia’s sake: