F-18 Hornet (Commodore 64)

F-18 Hornet (Commodore 64), USA 1988


F-18 Hornet was a combat flight simulator released in 1988 by Absolute Entertainment. It was released for an odd combination of platforms, only being available on the Commodore 64 and Atari 7800 (though the ad above is specific to the Commodore 64 version). 1988 was the Atari 7800’s biggest year in terms of the number of games released and the Commodore 64 was just coming off its peak. Imagineering actually developed the game and they developed a large percentage of the games for the Atari 7800 but these were published via Absolute, Atari and Activision.

Commodore 64
F-18 is a decent enough combat flight simulator but these aren’t the sort of games that hold up well over time. I haven’t played the Atari 7800 version so I’m not sure which is better. From the screen shots the Atari 7800 version looks a little more colorful but the Commodore 64 version seems to be higher resolution. I know that the Atari 7800 version was limited 64KB (the size of the ROM for that game) while the Commodore 64 version would have had 170KB available on the single si