Games; Top Guns

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Games; Top Guns


FALCON 4.0

PC CD ROM

BACK in the days when flight sims were more Wright Brothers than Right Stuff, Falcon 4.0 tore out of the skies like ... well, an F16.

People scrambled for it. It was the most playable flight sim ever - and now it is back, beefed up and better than ever.

The heart of Falcon 4.0 is a real-time strategy wargame of astonishing complexity and realism.

It is the only flight sim to feature a real-time dynamic campaign which ensures that the action rolls ahead, even when you're not actively taking part.

There are three campaigns to choose from -but the Korean one is the best.

Using real aerial photographs of Korea, it recreates more than a million kilometres of terrain terrain so well that the game is actually banned in both China and Korea as a security risk. The campaign engine constantly evaluates thewar and directs the action from both sides and you are just a cog in the action -but a vital one.

The F16 is beautifully recreated with the avionics tested by genuine top guns.

Using the Voodo 3Dfx card and a minium 133MHz chip gives some superb graphics and more than 50 targeting and weapon systems and over 10 radar and HUD modes help you survive the war. Initially, though, it is a daunting task to wade through a thick manual ... this is not a fast learning-curve game.

But a bit of dedication and the lure of getting on a LAN to play up to 15 of your pals, or on the Net to play an unlimited number of opponents almost ensures that you will keep trying until you become an ace.

RATING 8/10

PC CD ROM/Apple Mac

PRACTICAL FOOD AND COOKERY ENCYCLOPAEDIA

YOU can stuff your Delia Smith -this is the way to get into the festive food spirit.

Covering 600 recipes for all occasions and with information on 1000 different types of food, how to prepare them, what to do with them and even how to buy them, this is a great product for any wannabe masterchefs.

There is a particularly nice touch that allows you to download new recipes every month from a dedicated web page to add to your collection.

RATING 7/10

RAYMAN ACTIVITY CENTRE

PC CD ROM

THOUSANDS of parents will be buying a PC for the first time this Christmas.

But how do you find something suitable for minds too young to cope with the gore and mayhem of Duke Nuke Em, Quake or Carmageddon?

This new disc manages to mix fun, a little education and safe play building on the huge popularity of the Rayman character, who has appeared in almost every type of game over the years, from platform romps to puzzle games and interactive books.

This charming and well constructed disc features simple games and puzzles that will introduce children to the basic principles of letter recognition, logic, reading, drawing, music and song.

Developed with experts in child education, the Rayman Activity Centre manages to get it just right - it's fun, so the children will want to play it, but it's educational so you will want them to play it.

A nice touch allows parents to view how their kids have been using the disc and what and how they have been doing in each of the provided areas.

RATING 8/10

TOP GEAR OVERDRIVE

Nintendo N64

THERE are few types of game more likely to be a huge out and out hit than racing ones.

Everyone loves getting behind the wheel of an albeit virtual high-performance sports car and flooring the accelerator round ever more dangerous corners.

It's all to the good if the corners allow you to nudge some of your fellow racers off the course. …

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