flash game of the day
I've always loved flight simulators, and one of my all-time favorite computer games is Dynamix's Red Baron (no relation to the also-enjoyable Atari arcade game). The Flash game Death From Above is a simple WWI aerial combat simulator. Although the flight model isn't terribly realistic, and the enemy AI doesn't seem to incorporate team-fighting tactics--I was able to routinely take on pairs on enemy planes, something that should have been much more difficult than it was--the game is a lot of fun. (An unlimited ammo supply is a helpful, if unrealistic, touch; also, you never have to worry about aerial collisions or crashing into the ground. The fact that your enemies are lousy shots doesn't hurt, either; I was able to score more than one kill flying head-to-head without taking a hit myself.) Missions involve taking on greater numbers of enemies; once you've completed a mission, you can replay it in a different aircraft. You can fly for the Germans, Americans, French or British, but the choice basically involves different characteristics of speed, manuverability and firepower. Although not a realistic flight simulator, Death From Above s an entertaining way to spend a coffee break.
(Note: The game company Dynamix--now owned by Sierra Games--shares a name with a pr0n website, so be careful in your searches.