Title F29 Retaliator Game Type Flight Sim Players 1 Compatibility ECS (AGA patch available) Submission Angus Manwaring Profiled Reviewer Review Few games have been so eagerly anticipated as F29 Retaliator. I remember thumbing through my copy of The One gazing adoringly at the gorgeous terrain that the aircraft was flying over, thinking, “Yes, yes, yes!” The wait was almost unbearable, a kind of foreshadowing of the TFX fiasco if you like. More adverts, more Work in Progress reports, and more “Real Soon Now” comments. Finally, though the game was released, and I happily handed over my 30 quid...... Lots of games have a few bugs, particuarly the 3D ones, but as long as they remain playable, I try not to get over excited about it. F29 had it`s share of bugs, including a glitch in the compass sprite that I`d of thought they`d have spotted, but this was not my main gripe. The thing is, F29 was probably a generation ahead of the competition in terms of the quality of the 3D landscape, and the speed of the screen update, and until you actually played it, that was just dandy. On playing it though, you began to see how DID had secured their apparent advantage. The ships in particular moved in a very jerky fashion, making a course change of perhaps 30 or 40 degrees in a single frame, far from the smooth animation we`d expected, but for me the absolute pits was the collision detection. Imagine a beautiful island set in a sea of turquoise, the pae blue shallows splashing about the golden beaches, the island itself dominated by a majestic mountain. You`re in the coolest fighter aircraft on the face of God`s Earth, whaddya gonna do?? Obvious, innit, buzz the mountain, screech down there in your warplane and introduce a few bunnies to the dubious joys of the sonic boom! Wrong. Because although the mountain looks like a very tasty mountain, the computer sees it as a cube, it presumably makes the game run faster if the collision detection is that much less complex. Result: Splat! Please insert disk one. Your joking? Nope, I`m afraid not. There maybe a lot of fun to be had with F29 for some people, but I`m not one of them. Foolishly I believed the hype and bought the game on the strength of it. The inevitable result was I hugely disappointed. Sigh.