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Flying Nightmares

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Download (9.44 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This game works with: Basilisk II,

Undoubtedly one of the best flight sims ever made for the Macintosh, Domark's Flying Nightmares is an outstanding simulation of the Harrier fighter, with significant strategic planning elements, similar to Digital Integration's Tornado.

Meant to be an evolution of Domark's earlier AV8B Harrier Assault, Flying Nightmares more than fulfills its claim as one of the first true flight / war sims for the Macintosh that can rival the PC competition. The graphics are smooth, and detailed, and the sound very adequate. However, it is the realistic flight controls and dynamics of this title that put it literally light years beyond its closest competition. True to the real-life Harrier, flying the plane is no easy task. If you play the game without a joystick, expect to learn many button combinations to do even the most basic maneuvers. Without a joystick, expect a steep learning curve—you will likely not be able to land on the carrier on your first go. I actually crashed on takeoff numerous times before getting the hang of it.

Flying Nightmares makes no claims to be an instant arcade shoot-em-up. You need a lot of patience to muster the controls, and survive many ground attack missions before you will even see an enemy plane. However, once you master the control of the plane, it will be well worth your effort. After all, this is the modern aircraft that can take off vertically and features a wide array of high-tech weaponry. The autopilot also deserves mention as one of the best I have ever seen—it could land a plane on an aircraft carrier, among other marvels.

If you enjoy Domark's earlier flight sims such as SVGA Harrier, Flying Nightmares is simply a must-have. Along with Out of the Sun, it ranks among Domark's best flight sims that are much improved over previous games. Although the game was never released for the PC (only on 3DO and Macintosh), this is the one classic that makes it worthwhile to install the Basilisk II Mac emulator on your PC. Too bad the planned sequel, Flying Nightmares 2, was never released.

Review source: Home of the Underdogs: Flying Nightmares

Architecture: 68k PPC

The file comes as zipped .cdr image, which can be added to the emulator's hard drives list in order to be mounted within the emulated Macintosh. On real Macintoshes, Disk Copy 6.5 is able to mount it.


by soudesune - 2015, November 4 - 2:05pm

Review from contemporary magazine (MacFormat — July 1994) added.

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by MCP - 2010, December 1 - 4:23pm

I'm trying to think of a way to recover those screenshots that Bolkonskij uploaded, but not coming up with anything. I went to the Bachman page and re-uploaded those offending screenshots named "1.jpg" and "2.jpg" but the old ones remain on the server. Someone already fixed the Hellcab pics on its own page. From the edit page for Flying Nightmares the most I can get are tiny thumbnails of Bolkonskij's screenshots.

ADD: Went ahead and made some shots of my own, pretty much same as the ones before.

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by MCP - 2010, November 29 - 9:37pm

JUST ONCE it would be nice to upload something to the site and have it work! Tried to upload a scan of the manual but it froze. This happens to me every fricking time. It's 26 MB; not all that big.

ADD: upload complete.

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by Attila - 2009, December 18 - 4:27pm

I've noticed the screenshots get messed up between different games if they don't have an entirely unique filename. We have to give name something not likely to be repeated on other games' screenshots.

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by Carl - 2009, December 17 - 6:24pm

I love the Bachman screenshot. Big smile

by vf124 - 2009, August 30 - 9:45pm

A real Retro sim for native 9 ...

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by bertyboy - 2009, August 12 - 7:00pm

I remember this coming out, I'm sure it was one of the very first pieces of PPC software, game, utility or app. So from memory I say it is PPC only.

Does it have a CODE resource (use ResEdit) ? A sign of m68k.

What are the exact requirements on the box ?

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by Bolkonskij - 2009, August 12 - 1:30pm

Works fine with me on OS 9.2.2 on my iMac G4. When I started the game I got messed up colors but from leaving the command room on everything gets displayed correctly. Unfortunately my jet keeps crashing into the water when trying to get off that

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by IIGS_User - 2009, May 18 - 3:31pm

I got it to run in Basilisk, but since this is a fat title (68k + PowerPC game), it should run in SheepShaver, too. But for me, after starting the game it quits.

Maybe not compatible with Mac OS 9?
Anyone check back, please?

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by IIGS_User - 2009, May 18 - 3:26pm

Another Macintosh game hosted at the old HOTU page which we grabbed before they died.