Microsoft Flight Simulator (v3.0)
Microsoft Flight Simulator (v3.0) is a part of the Microsoft Flight Simulator series, which is running till today.
Microsoft Flight Simulator (v3.0) was released in the year 1988. It was developed by subLOGIC Organization Ltd. It was released on DOS.
This 3.0 version of the game was a huge success. Microsoft Flight Simulator (v3.0) was nothing like the previous version of the game. 640x350x16 colors were a remarkable feat to achieve in the late 80s. It was a huge success for a 3D game. There weren’t too many games out there at that time that could use full frame rate. This version saw the improved High resolution (EGA) graphics. In the previous version, the settings had to be typed in manually. In this version, the “pull-down” menu came where settings could be selected without changing them manually.
5 cities of the United States of America were included in this version, i.e. San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Los Angeles. The number of Aircraft and Airports were increased. The Aircraft, which was included are Gates Learjet 25, the Cessna Skylane and the Sopwith Camel.
The number of the building was increased in this version. Many new features included like 3rd person view, i.e. for the first time, the aircraft could be seen from the outside. The FS3 allowed its user to customize the display for the first time. Multiple Windows function was added and each displaying one of the several views. A map view was added in the game and various external camera angles too.
A flaw, which was seen in this version was the lack of sceneries in between the cities. Going from one city to another could become very boring and monotonous.
Known as "The Computer Flight People", subLOGIC (Sublogic Communications Corporation) was a small game company based in Champaign, Illinois. They are best known for the development of Microsoft's original Flight Simulator series in the 1980s, as well as their own flight simulators such as Jet in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
subLOGIC was bought by Sierra in 1995. The subLOGIC name is no longer used; related products are released under the Dynamix label also owned by Sierra.