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Crash Landing - Microsoft Flight Simulator 4.0

On 04/08/2019 at 04:55 PM by Matt Snee

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Sometimes when you're a kid, you're either unaware or unable to accept games that you are unable to figure out. This was the case with me and 1989's Flight Simulator 4.0, by Microsoft for MSDOS. I crashed a lot of damn planes in this game, let me tell you. It's an immensely complicated game, and while I eventually learned to take off using the manual, I never learned how to land. Pity my poor passengers. 

Microsoft is still making this game, 30 years later, and you can buy all sort of peripherals to play it - fancy joysticks, foot pedals, and even head tracking devices. What impressed me is that the 1989 version I played was the fourth in the series - there had been three other before that. 

Obviously, there's a market for flight simulators that are dreadfully realistic. Not all of us can learn to fly real planes, so games like this scratch that itch. Even when I was a kid I thought it supercool, and the complexity and difficulty was definitely part of the allure. 

These days, I still enjoy flight sims, especially WW2 ones, but the ones I play tend to lean a little more to the arcade side. Still, as bad as I was at this game, I do have fond memories of it. 



Super Step Contributing Writer

04/08/2019 at 05:07 PM

My older brother loves these and was wanting to join the Air Force. Meanwhile, I stay away from anything called a sim. If I can't shoot 50 missiles from it in under 10 minutes, it's not the video game plane for me. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/09/2019 at 09:03 AM

Yeah I can understand that. I like Sims... but sometimes they're a little bit too hardcore. 

Cary Woodham

04/08/2019 at 11:50 PM

I think my dad played one of these a long time ago.  Some of my brothers like the more arcade flight sims, like Ace Combat.  The closest thing I ever got into a flight sim was Snoopy vs. the Red Baron, which is actually a pretty good game.

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/09/2019 at 09:03 AM

Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron is a GREAT game! :)


04/09/2019 at 12:48 PM

Oh this is one those games I played on a hand me down computer from my uncle. It was insane but damn it was a lot of fun. I can't remember if it was this version but I found a complete in box version with the giant floppy discs. Easily one of my favorite thrift store finds. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/13/2019 at 11:06 AM

yeah it's pretty fun if you can figure it out. 


04/09/2019 at 05:55 PM

I was just reading that the Police have a driving simulator to train recruits. I imagine there's one in flight school as well. Probably with all the perferals and even more realistic features. 

Matt Snee Staff Writer

04/09/2019 at 06:43 PM

Yeah I think real flight simulators have complete working cabins.

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