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Out of the Sun

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MD5: 4335fd86c7f6eb9c47bc40f0b7f893b3
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
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Out_of_the_Sun_updates.sit (715.28 KB)
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For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 8.5 - 8.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
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One of the most obscure flight simulators ever made, Out of the Sun is a competent World War 2 simulator from Domark, the second and last in its ambitious series of Macintosh-only sims that started with Flying Nightmares (also on this site).

Like Flying Nightmares, Out of the Sun features very detailed reconstructions of the cockpits and a realistic flight model that can frustrate newcomers. Although the technical realism is still no match for the venerable Falcon 3.0, hard-core armchair pilots will find no cause for complaint with Out of the Sun. One of the game's best points is the staggering number of missions you can fly, spanning several WW2 campaigns including Midway, D-Day, and Kursk.

Although designed to be realistic, Out of the Sun doesn't leave beginners out in the cold. There are four different skill levels you can choose: Arcade, Training, Combat, and Veteran. The Arcade mode makes the game accessible to newbies, but also retains a good level of realism - no Afterburner / arcade-game-style shooting here. At the other end of the scale, the Veteran mode will give veterans plenty of challenge.

The graphics is a downside compared to PC flight sims at the same time - the terrain looks mostly flat, although the game makes up for it with plenty of nice effects, such as Gravity-Induced Loss of Consciousness, (G-L.O.C.). This option gives you the experience of having blackouts from too many G-forces: by making a quick dive or a vertical loop, the screen will change colors, or go black.

Despite subpar graphics, Out of the Sun is a challenging and fun flight sim that anyone from beginner to expert will enjoy.

Review source: Home of the Underdogs: Out of the Sun

Note: using the mouse for flight control is more difficult here than in most flight sims. A joystick such as a CH Flightstick Pro is practically a requirement.

Architecture: 68k PPC

Fully compatible with Mac OS 7.0-7.5. Possible issues with later systems.


On Mac OS 8.6, attempting to select keyboard settings prompts a system error type 10.

Appears not to work on 9.2.2.

In Mac OS X Classic, game runs but is very slow and choppy.

Mac OS's screenshot command appears disabled during game play in all systems except OS X Classic.


Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2018, October 19 - 2:49pm

Oh this flight sim was so cool with so many different planes from different nations! Controls could be frustrating with some planes but boy, the exhilarating joy when you managed to land on a carrier for the first time! Smile

I uploaded the updates to 1.1(.1) in the 3rd download. Make sure you have at least 1.1 running, as that was a performance update that increased graphics speed by at least 10-15% depending on your machine.

Thaeris's picture
by Thaeris - 2012, June 13 - 11:19pm

I recall playing the demo for this game a long, long time ago. After seeing it again, I was quite excited to try it out once more, but, just like some of the previous comments indicate, all I get when I start (or try to start) a scenario is a black screen. Trying to launch "OOTS Simulator" will yield a message indicating that files are damaged or missing... it's really pretty disappointing to not be able to use this right now...

What will fix this?

SwedeBear's picture
by SwedeBear - 2012, February 22 - 10:06am

A .cdr is a disk image file

Maury Markowitz's picture
by Maury Markowitz - 2012, February 22 - 12:34am

I recall *attempting* to get this to work, but finding it completely unworkable - FPS dropping to 1 or 2, random control issues, etc.

I'd like to give it a try, but I don't know what to do with the CDR on the Mac. A little help?

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2010, December 1 - 5:34pm

Big honking manual added in pdf format.

ADD: I added a couple of screenshots, but I haven't been able to take any during actual gameplay.

Knight_Ken's picture
by Knight_Ken - 2010, March 17 - 3:49am

Was my best flying simulator game at this time, thanks!!

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by Applemeister - 2009, October 20 - 12:03am

Retrieved my comment about this game, courtesy of the Internet Archive Wink

Well now, I'm surprised to find this here. I remember getting it for free when we got our Performa 475 back in '94 (the deal was you could choose any 2 games for free). Loading times are pain in the arse when running on 25 MHz (unless you choose the Midway scenario which takes just under 1 min to download coz it's 90% blue expanse!!!). I recently installed it on my PowerMac 5500 and the loading times are turbo (275 MHz). It's a pretty neat little flight sim. My only complaint is that there isn't a Tour of Duty (like in F/A-18 Hornet) rather you simply receive a score for the amount of damage you cause, although the game *does* recognise when you fulfill the objective and if you successfully land your aircraft after, say, bombing a carrier it will end automatically. Another thing that needs to be said is that the planes are MURDER to control, I suggest flying at around 50 mph when attempting to attack enemy aircraft. The Arena mode is fun, you can choose to fly in Europe or the Pacific. That means you can blow up the Eiffel Tower, Kremlin or Golden Gate Bridge and you'll actually be awarded a score!!! One thing I disagree with is how you get bonus points for bombing the hospital on Midway island. The game is far from excellent, but it is very good indeed with some impressive visuals and attention to detail when run on PPC (it was accelerated for Power Macintoshes). If you're a fan of flight sims, this one's worth adding to the collection...

Euryale's picture
by Euryale - 2009, August 30 - 10:13pm

Then we are waiting for it (the Manual)

...Just kiddin' These games are too complex for me.

vf124's picture
by vf124 - 2009, August 30 - 9:56pm

Got real learning curve to it ... but I found a manual.

vf124's picture
by vf124 - 2009, August 30 - 9:55pm

Got it!!!

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2009, August 30 - 6:21pm

The download is not complete ... it's just an update.

Thanks for notifying out, I replaced the update file previously available here with a complete image, replacing the original files with the updated ones.

Whenever I want to run a flight, I'm directed to a black screen...
What's going wrong?

vf124's picture
by vf124 - 2009, August 30 - 3:34pm

The download is not complete ... it's just an update.

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2009, May 18 - 3:54pm

> "Out of the Sun is available at The Underdogs."

Since we are no longer in conclusion with HOTU, there are no restrictions furthermore about also hosting games at MacGarden which are also available at HOTU (probably 'external download' link?).