retro gaming post of the day
I have an old 100 MHz Pentium that I use for a platform for various anime and abandonware games. The other day I successfully installed and configured one of my favorite combat flight sims, Aces of the Pacific. (Configuration was the real trick; it requires a huge chunk of DOS conventional memory, and I had to call upon some long-dormant skillz to manipulate the config files just right.)
But what fun! AotP lets you pilot aircraft for the American or Japanese sides through a variety of WWII missions, from dogfighting fighters to dive-bombing ships in a Douglass SBD Dauntless to strafing airbases. The flight model is pretty decent, and the detail is fairly high for a 256-color game with simple polygon models. Combat is actually fairly hard, just as it was in that era (the manual is right when it says one should not fire until the enemy aircraft almost fills the out-the-canopy view, and that's pretty good advice). Career options are available that let the player "enlist" in the Japanese Navy or Army air forces or the US Army, Navy or Marines, and provide different mission types depending on the role chosen. The game also provides information on various Japanese and American ships, aircraft, and famous aces of the war.