Free Games I Like: Spitfire 1940
Posted on 11th Feb 2011 at 07:26 by James Gorbold with 8 comments
However, for the last four lunchbreaks Antony and I have been unable to tear ourselves away from our desks, thanks to my latest discovery: Spitfire 1940.
I must confess that I originally clicked on Spitfire 1940 because I assumed, incorrectly as it turned out, that it was a flying game.
Instead, Spitfire 1940 puts you in command of the RAF and civic services during the Battle of Britain. For those readers who don't live in the UK, and therefore aren't inundated every bloody night with Battle of Britain documentaries on the TV, this term refers to the intense air war fought between the UK's Royal Air Force and Germany's Luftwaffe during the summer and autumn of 1940.
What makes the game so compelling is that you get to decide what to prioritise in each turn - do you spread yourself thin trying to defend each of the six territories that the Luftwaffe is attempting to knock into the Stone Age, or do you accept that some of your cities will be bombed at the cost of defending others?
Spitfire 1940 isn't just about choosing where to allocate your Hurricanes and Spitfires though.
During each turn you also need to repair any bomb damage and choose how to use the limited manpower available - training recruits as pilots, builders, firemen, spies, factory workers, recruiters or gatherers.
It's this added depth that makes Spitfire 1940 so engaging and addictive. Plus it provides budding Dowdings with the chance to answer the question of whether Park's 'hit and run' or Leigh-Mallory and Bader's 'Big Wing' tactic works best.
Sign up to the virtual RAF and play Spitfire 1940.