Radar Landing (Atari 8-bit Cassette 50 Game 7)

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It’s not the radar landing the plane though is it? No. It’s me. I’m landing the plane….wait….no, I’m crashing the plane. Shit.

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Radar Landing (Vic-20 Cassette 50 Game 11)

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I can’t land a plane, radar or not. Just stop asking me to do it. I’m not a pilot. I am an idiot. You’ll crash if you ask me to do it. You will, you’ll see.

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Radar Landing (Commodore 64 Cassette 50 Game 7)

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All those films where the pilot of a plane is knocked unconscious and a member of the public takes over and successfully lands it – complete bollocks. As this proves:

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Radar Landing (ZX81 Cassette 50 Game 7)

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On a plane. Flying a plane. Putting my feet up while the auto pilot does all the work. Do de do de doooo.

Time to land. Shit. Fog. Lots of fog. And an annoying voice in my ear saying “You must attempt to land your passengers safely on the runway in zero visibility”.

Can’t the auto pilot do that?

No?

Balls.

Then the voice says “The controls do not respond immediately so keep pressing until they take effect”.

The voice is the co-pilot, who evidently doesn’t want to help land these people safely and just wants to irritate and annoy as we go crashing into the ground. Please tell me you were joking and that the auto pilot really can land the plane?

It really can’t.

And as it turns out, neither can I.

See the Atari 8-bit version of Radar Landing
See the Acorn Electron & BBC Micro version of Radar Landing
See the Commodore 64 version of Radar Landing
See the Vic-20 version of Radar Landing

Radar Landing (Acorn Electron Cassette 50 Game 7)

It’s time to land a plane. But – get this – instead of landing on a nice, long runway, you have to land on a tiny little thing at the end of some trees. So, yeah, do that. Try not to kill everybody on board by landing on the trees, eh? I think the…

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Note: The BBC Micro version is identical to the Acorn Electron version

It’s time to land a plane. But – get this – instead of landing on a nice, long runway, you have to land on a tiny little thing at the end of some trees.  

So, yeah, do that. Try not to kill everybody on board by landing on the trees, eh?  I think the flickering numbers in the top left corner are supposed to help. Maybe. I don’t know where this extremely impractical runway is, or who would want to fly there. Don’t ask me. Make it up yourself.

All this is delivered with the fluid, responsive and enjoyable gameplay we’ve come to expect form Cassette 50. Just look:

See the Atari 8-bit version of Radar Landing
See the ZX81 version of Radar Landing
See the Commodore 64 version of Radar Landing
See the Vic-20 version of Radar Landing