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Game #1758
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Precision Approach    View all Top Dogs in this genre
Simulation   Flight - Civil

Rating: 8.31 (19 votes)

Precision Approach box cover

Precision Approach screenshot
Precision Approach, as the name implies, is a very detailed simulation of aircraft landings – in this case, those of a space shuttle. Despite this razor-thin focus, the game is surprisingly replayable for its random "reset points" (i.e. the starting point of each approach). Specifically, the game accurately models the portions of shuttle entry phases known as Terminal Area Energy Management, or TAEM, and Approach and Landing (A/L), with a staggering array of realistic panel instruments, gauges, and more acronyms than you ever wanted to know referred to space shuttle-ing. Thanks to its accurate flight dynamics, you can execute exotic maneuvers such as the speedbrake, and deal with crisis situations with NASA procedures such as "low energy", "high headwinds on the HAC", and more. Overall, Precision Approach is definitely a highly niche game that won't be everyone's cup of tea, and casual armchair pilots will probably find it too dry. For anyone who knows what "derotation", "EOW", and "PAPI" mean, though, this is the closest you'll ever get to the actual NASA simulator.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Unknown
Developer: Amtex
Publisher: Amtex
Year: 1995
Software Copyright: Amtex
Theme: Modern
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
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If you like this game, try: Tower, Shuttle, Orbiter

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