Challenging and detailed flight sim
Another highly detailed flight sim from Spectrum Holobyte, publishers of the Falcon series, Tornado maintains the company's reputation for authenticity and while this is a safe bet for fans of the genre, newcomers may be put off by its complexity. As the name suggests, players are thrown into the cockpit of the Tornado fighter and must engage in a series of dynamic missions against some truly testing enemy flyers. One of the game's biggest strengths is its mission planning, which allows for standard campaign strikes, solo flights as well as multi-plane sorties, with these latter in particular proving quite complex and offering opportunities for some real tactical flying. As you might expect, there is a lot of detail here, both in gameplay terms and in visuals. Although clearly showing their age, the graphics are still pretty good, with plenty of ground objects to avoid, blow up or just admire. Flying feels authentic, with realistic cockpit displays and aircraft handling, but may be overly challenging for some, with an interface that is less than intuitive. Sound however is pretty awful and is best turned down. For flight sim experts, this will undoubtedly be of interest, given its high level level of difficulty, but this may prove off-putting for newcomers so caution should be exercised. If you are up to the challenge however, this is a fine flying sim.