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Bomber Crew

1 year ago

Bomber Crew deploys Secret Weapons DLC

Chocks/bombs away! The mildly FTL-ish game Bomber Crew unleashed its first payload of DLC last Friday, sending a new mini-campaign, bomber upgrades and experimental enemy fighter craft plummeting down to the earth below. That new campaign takes place in the winter of 1944, during the "Big Week" that paved the way for the land invasion of continental Europe. The real-life series of missions is also…

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Bomber Crew devs: “surreal” success means 3 add-ons planned, including what “everyone’s asking for”

Released in the eye of the silly season storm, and crucially getting in there before the bigger, noisier World War Twos of Wolfenstein and COD arrived, Runner Duck Games' airborne "strategic survival sim" Bomber Crew has done the business. Its success has far outstripped the expectations of this two-person Brighton studio; as such, its co-designer and artist Dave Miller tells me, "we've got plans for…

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Feature: The accidental pacifists

I am so bad at Bomber Crew I failed to drop any bombs

I'm going to tell you about the time my Bomber Crew accidentally dropped a food parcel on Birmingham. But first, a tragic tale. A spitfire has gone down somewhere in the English Channel and it falls to my crew to rescue the pilot who is bobbing around in the water. We'll need to fend off enemy fighters while dumping survival packs into the water in…

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Feature: Momentum, resistance, lift

The Flare Path: Ultimate Realism

There are various ways to make a war game realistic. Battlefront do it with blue-chip ballistics and subtle spotting mechanics, Panther Games with plausible AI and plenty of command friction, Eagle Dynamics with sophisticated flight models and painstakingly reproduced avionics. We Are Muesli built Venti Mesi with the help of real Milanese memories and the free WW2 'narrative docu-game' is incredibly powerful as a result.

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Feature: & Bomber Crew impressions

The Flare Path: Museum Piece

Bomber Crew is warming its engines and waggling its flight control surfaces. On Oct 19th, if all goes to plan, a green Very light will fizz heavenward and anyone with £TBA to spare will get the chance to find out whether Runner Duck's 3D-FTL-with-Lancasters is W for Wizard or S for Shite. The evening I've just spent with the single-mission sliver of preview code suggests…

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Feature: Roundheads and bobbleheads

The Flare Path: Conflicted

Greying temples? Check. Mortgage? Check. Fond of Werther's Originals and New Tricks? Check. Gosh, according to recently issued Home Office guidelines I'm now qualified to grumble about things like soft prison sentences, the inexorable decline in the quality of pop music, and scandalous gaps in the National Curriculum. If I wanted to I could begin a review of the latest Athena-engined wargame by wagging a finger…

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2 years ago

Bomber Crew goes up tiddley up up in October

Flying missions in the upcoming strat-o-sim Bomber Crew [official site] is quite cartoony, in that you can do things like send crew members out on your World War 2 bomber's wing to fix a burning engine. It's also quite complex and serious, in that your plane can get duffed up enough to need to do that and you'll die terribly if not. Bomber Crew looks…

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