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'''''Sopwith''''' is an airplane shooter game developed by David L. Clark and published by [[BMB Compuscience]] in 1984 for [[MS-DOS]]. An updated release was published in 1986, and the author released a special edition in 2000. Each version was released for [[freeware|free]].
 
'''''Sopwith''''' is an airplane shooter game developed by David L. Clark and published by [[BMB Compuscience]] in 1984 for [[MS-DOS]]. An updated release was published in 1986, and the author released a special edition in 2000. Each version was released for [[freeware|free]].
  
When I first played this game, it was titled "Red Baron" and was included in a shovelware release by [[Keypunch Software]]. Their version was identical to the original release, just re-titled and had the multiplayer removed since it used a patented protocol.
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==Personal==
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When I first played this game, it was titled "Red Baron" and was included as shovelware release by [[Keypunch Software]]. Their version was identical to the original release, just re-titled and had the multiplayer removed since it used a patented protocol.
  
 
==Status==
 
==Status==
 
Each version of this game has since been released as freeware. I have beaten the original Sopwith in single player mode, but not the 1986 upgrade or the Author's Edition.
 
Each version of this game has since been released as freeware. I have beaten the original Sopwith in single player mode, but not the 1986 upgrade or the Author's Edition.
  
==Reviews==
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==Review==
* '''Overall:''' 3/10
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{{Video Game Review|3|4|3|2|3|DOS (Author's Edition)}}
* '''Best Version:''' DOS
 
  
 
{{Spoilers}}
 
{{Spoilers}}
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===Bad===
 
===Bad===
 
* The game is graphically challenged and lacks decent audio.
 
* The game is graphically challenged and lacks decent audio.
* The AI is extremely difficult to defeat due to its suicidal nature.
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* The AI, due to its suicidal nature, is difficult to defeat.
 
* The multiplayer uses a proprietary system that is no longer supported or emulated, so it remains unplayable.
 
* The multiplayer uses a proprietary system that is no longer supported or emulated, so it remains unplayable.
  
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===Videos===
 
===Videos===
* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFydiMvzlt0 youtube.com/watch?v=SFydiMvzlt0] - Longplay.
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==Download==
 
==Download==
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[[Category: 1984 Video Games]]
 
[[Category: Video Game Prime Order - Action, Adventure, Strategy]]
 
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[[Category: Video Game Genre - Scrolling Shooter]]
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[[Category: 2-bit Color Graphics]]
 
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[[Category: Multi-Player Versus]]
 
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[[Category: Software Distribution Model - Freeware]]
 
[[Category: Software Distribution Model - Freeware]]

Latest revision as of 14:20, 26 August 2020

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Sopwith is an airplane shooter game developed by David L. Clark and published by BMB Compuscience in 1984 for MS-DOS. An updated release was published in 1986, and the author released a special edition in 2000. Each version was released for free.

Personal

When I first played this game, it was titled "Red Baron" and was included as shovelware release by Keypunch Software. Their version was identical to the original release, just re-titled and had the multiplayer removed since it used a patented protocol.

Status

Each version of this game has since been released as freeware. I have beaten the original Sopwith in single player mode, but not the 1986 upgrade or the Author's Edition.

Review

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3 4 3 2 3

Best Version: DOS (Author's Edition)

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

  • For the time, the game is pretty cool. You can make permanent craters in the landscape with your bombs, have a dogfight with an AI opponent, and bomb enemy targets.
  • The upgrades in the later editions are pretty cool and increase the challenge.

Bad

  • The game is graphically challenged and lacks decent audio.
  • The AI, due to its suicidal nature, is difficult to defeat.
  • The multiplayer uses a proprietary system that is no longer supported or emulated, so it remains unplayable.

Ugly

  • There just isn't much to this game. Even with the updated versions, you see everything the game has to offer after about a minute.

Media

Screenshots

Videos

Longplay.

Download

Links

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