Fighter Bomber (video game)

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Fighter Bomber
Developer(s) Vektor Grafix
Publisher(s) Activision UK
Platform(s) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, ZX Spectrum
Release date(s) 1989
Genre(s) Combat flight simulator
Mode(s) Single-player

Fighter Bomber (released as Strike Aces in the USA) is a combat flight simulator developed by Vektor Grafix and released in 1989 by Activision UK for several platforms.


In the game, you participate in the annual Strategic Air Command Bombing and Navigation Competition at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. Aircrews from around the world come here to compete against each other, undertaking three missions which are monitored and points are awarded. The best aircrew then receives the Curtis E. LeMay Trophy.

The player has a choice of six different planes to choose from, and an additional seven planes that serve as enemy aircraft during the missions. The latter are however not playable. After having selected the aircraft the player has to select a mission, and then appropriate weaponry for the selected mission from an array of weapons consisting of different types of missiles and bombs.

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Non-playable enemy aircraft[edit]


Computer Gaming World in 1990 approved of the large variety of aircraft and the scenario editor, but criticized the graphics as inferior to that of competitors such as A-10 Tank Killer, and claiming to support sound card audio when only a few portions of music did so. The magazine concluded that "Strike Aces is not a bad product; it simply did not live up to its potential in execution".[1] A 1992 survey in the magazine of wargames with modern settings gave the game two and a half stars out of five.[2]


  1. ^ Dille, H. E. (December 1990). "Bomber, Man". Computer Gaming World. p. 75. Retrieved 16 November 2013. 
  2. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (June 1992). "The Modern Games: 1950 - 2000". Computer Gaming World. p. 120. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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