Jet (video game)

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Developer(s) subLOGIC
Publisher(s) subLOGIC
Platform(s) MS-DOS, Apple II, Atari ST, Amiga, Commodore 64, Macintosh, NEC PC-9801
Release 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989
Genre(s) Flight Simulator
Mode(s) Single-player

Jet is a combat flight simulator video game originally published in 1985 by subLOGIC. The game was released in 1985 for MS-DOS and the Commodore 64, 1986 for the Apple II, 1988 for the Atari ST and Amiga, and 1989 for the Macintosh and NEC PC-9801.[1]

An updated version called Jet 2.0 was released for MS-DOS in 1987.


Jet is based on subLOGIC's classic Flight Simulator.[2] The player may choose either an F-16 Fighting Falcon for land missions or an F-18 Hornet for missions starting at sea from an aircraft carrier.[2] The player can also practice flying and aerobatics in "free flight" mode, dogfight against Soviet MiGs, launch strikes against land or sea-based targets, watch a demo, or load a subLOGIC scenery disk.[2] For either combat mode, the player can to select which missiles and bombs the plane will have.[2]

Most of the indicators on a real jet fighter are present in Jet: altimeter, heading, frame loading, gear status, brake status, fuel level, radar, attitude, and range.[2] The player can turn a few of these on and off.[2] The controls consist of either the joystick or numeric keypad for steering and other keys to handle the chosen optional indicators, landing gear, weapons, and an eject button.[2] Different perspectives can be chosen - a view from the control tower instead of the jet's cockpit.[2]


Jet was subLogic's second best-selling Commodore 64 game as of late 1987.[3] Compute! favorably reviewed the Apple II version of Jet and its excellent graphics, but criticized the slow performance, reporting that it was "painfully slow" at updating the display.[4] Computer Gaming World called Jet "more of a 'game'" than F/A-18 Interceptor, which the magazine described as "a 'toy' ... you play a game, you play with a toy". The reviewer recommended both.[5] In a 1994 survey of wargames the magazine gave the title one-plus stars out of five, describing the combat "mediocre".[6]

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  1. ^ Jet at Mobygames
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h [1]
  3. ^ Ferrell, Keith (December 1987). "The Commodore Games That Live On And On". Compute's Gazette. pp. 18–22. Retrieved 24 January 2015.
  4. ^ Williams, Michael B. (May 1987). "Jet". Compute!. p. 48. Retrieved 9 November 2013.
  5. ^ Hockman, Daniel (August 1988). "Into The Hornet's Nest". Computer Gaming World. No. 50. pp. 14–15. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  6. ^ Brooks, M. Evan (January 1994). "War In Our Time / A Survey Of Wargames From 1950-2000". Computer Gaming World. pp. 194–212.

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