• Publisher: Atari
  • Release Date: Dec 13, 2000
Metascore
82

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 80
    A very unconventional game that has a remarkably grand scope.
  2. What's so remarkable about B-17 is that it manages to be even more immersive for the player than even the most sophisticated dynamic-campaign-driven single-seater flight simulation.
  3. 90
    The most stunning combat flight simulator I have ever seen. It's nerve racking, historically educational, deeply immersive, graphically unbelievable, awe-inspiring and a sim that proves once again an old axiom -- it's intense software that drives the development of intense hardware.
  4. Whether you're a fan of the genre or just curious, B-17 deserves your attention.
  5. An extremely flexible sim that really puts you in the middle of the flak at 20,000 feet. [Mar 2001, p.80]
  6. A good-looking B-17 experience with a full range of different tasks to tinker with and some quick blasts of action all wrapped in a lightweight strategy envelope.
  7. The most incomprehensible issue is the lack of multiplayer support. It is interesting that Hasbro found the resources to include multiplayer support in the computer version of Battleship while omitting it in a game that literally begs for a human, network-connected crew.
  8. Military buffs will no doubt find this an immersive game, even if only in solo play.
  9. Nowhere else in today's market will you be able to find a flight simulator with the boldness and keen utilization of detail shown by B-17 Flying Fortress.
  10. Beautiful to watch and entertaining to play, the game will draw you in and make you feel connected to your onscreen personas like few others. Serious sim fans should definitely give this game a test flight.
  11. Casual gamers, however, should skip this title (unless they're WWII plane enthusiasts), because the learning curve is steep.
  12. 80
    AI flaws and a manual that takes rather a lot for granted make getting started a bit tedious, but when you do it's a great simulation that offers a whole lot more than the standard flight sim and a massive challenge to boot.
  13. Nothing you've played previously will properly prepare you for the authentic and often distressing portrayal of aerial warfare served up by Microprose in B-17 Flying Fortress: The Mighty 8th. Never has a title so humanized the genre or brought it to such a personal level.
  14. Before any other developer even thinks about making another flight simulator, they should play this game and then ask themselves if they feel worthy.
User Score
7.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JohnK.
    Feb 17, 2005
    10
    A simulator that fully justifies its title.
  2. KenH.
    May 20, 2004
    10
    Well, I would rate it that, wouldn't I! :) But seriously, what a great team it was that put it all together. I flew a few multiplayer missions in the fighters in development and it was the best multiplayer experience ever. If only we'd had time to implement it on the B-17s and test it so it could have been released... Full Review »
  3. TrippM.
    Mar 4, 2004
    10
    Excellent...truely need multiplayer...but even without the best flight sim ive ever played.