Dawn Patrol is a war game, more specifically a flight fighter combat style game. Unlike the World War 1 RPG by TSR, Dawn Patrol is a one player real-time simulation game. The game has a 3D flight simulator setting and also uses a wireframe type graphics display to represent the enemy aircraft and the outer terrain. Your player is stationed in the cockpit of the fighter aircraft and you get to operate a simple version of the real instrument panel. The main instruments you get to use are a compass, air velocity indicator and an altimeter to monitor the height.
In the game Dawn Patrol, you have the right to choose from over 13 different type of aircraft. The crafts are of different makes like the British, French and German creations. These fighter planes are modeled after the Warcraft made during the year 1916-1918. Each of these crafts has their own flight simulators like Fokker D.VII, Sopwith Camel, S. E. 5 and Fokker Triplane. You also get to choose which type of aircraft you fight against. You can even choose to fight against a maximum of 5 fighter planes at a time. The only downside to that is that your choice of opponents in such case is limited to a maximum of two different type of aircraft from the 13 types of fighter planes. The game tries to be as close to the original features of fighter pilots as possible and it is peppered with briefings based on real pilot biographies. The game has a total fo 150 mission that you can enjoy.
Rowan Software Ltd.
Rowan Software was a software company located in the United Kingdom and founded in 1987. The studio specialized in flight simulators.
Rowan Software's last game was Battle of Britain (2001). The company was acquired by Empire Interactive Europe in December 2000.