FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA is an air-combat action game based on the historical events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that flew against Japan in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre of World War 2.
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Release Date: Aug 18, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Our vision is to make FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER THE CHINA the best air-combat action game it can possibly be! With feedback from Early Access players on an ongoing basis, we can explore and adjust the game’s difficulty levels and controls as necessary while also considering additional features, content, and ideas from the Steam community!

Overall, there are aspects of the game that need further tweaking and polishing so the more eyes, the better!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We plan for FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA to remain in Early Access until October of 2016.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access release of FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA comes with a highly polished subset of content and features for both single- and multiplayer modes. We estimate that half of all maps and aircraft, and three fourths (75%) of the single player campaign is available in the current Early Access release.

The final version will include the full single player campaign, finalised multiplayer, more languages such as German, Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Polish, Japanese and French, appropriately balanced gameplay as/if deemed necessary, and last but not least, numerous bug fixes and tweaks. We are also going to add more aircraft, maps and play mechanics.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA is stable, and both single- and multiplayer modes are playable. As far as we have observed, the performance of SkyLight3D (that’s our custom aerial warfare and landscape engine BTW), is currently very good.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We may increase the price throughout the Early Access program, and again after Early Access ends to reflect the state of the game, scaling with the amount of content and features available.

We hope gamers will feel they’ve paid a fair price for the amount of content available at any given stage of development.

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“There are loads of ways you can help! Buying FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA while it’s in Early Access reinforces our belief that we’re making a game people actually want to play. Having an active user base (hopefully) enjoying the game early on lets us collect useful data about the kinds of ways it's being played.

If you find a bug or something that’s not quite right, we would appreciate if you give us as much information about it as you can, and if you have an idea about how we can make the game better, we’d love to hear it.

THE GAME’S HUB AND FORUMS WILL BE THE PRIMARY POINTS OF INTERACTION WITH OUR USERS: http://steamcommunity.com/app/365810/discussions
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September 12

0.9.7.0 “COCKPIT/CAMPAIGN" UPDATE — CHECK OUT THE NARRATED YOUTUBE VIDEO FOR DETAILS!

It’s been quite some time since you’ve heard from us gamedev-mechanics here at Ace Maddox, so hopefully today’s additions will make you all pleased. Have a look at the spoken/narrated YouTube video below for the details.

YouTube Video URL: https://youtu.be/Zy4WPjSZ3Tc
Update History/Changelog:

  • Four new cockpits and "wide" interior camera added. Hop inside the P-40E, Buffalo Mk. I, Lysander Mk. II or the Japanese Ki-43 fighter! If you're playing on keyboard and/or mouse, just press the V key to check out the newly added cockpit "wide" camera. And, there's also a refurbished bomb-targeting system for when you're seated in cockpit mode.

  • Voice actors exhausted as Campaign nears competion. Development of FTSOC's historical single player campaign is almost complete. We've updated some of the older voices, while a multitude of actors have been working around the clock to record the remainder of the Campaign mission's screenplay in proper. We suggest you give the Campaign a full playthrough, so you can hear for yourselves.

  • Controller vibration. For those of you who prefer to play/fly with a gamepad, there's now controller rumble for stronger "immersion".

  • Improved rendering. Shadows and reflections look sharper and are more stable now, this specially noticeable when you're seated inside.

  • Toggle HUD elements on the fly. Press the H key while flying to control displaymode of the various HUD elements (handy feature when recording video or FRAPSing stills).

  • Ship models. We've updated most of the game's warship models, plus added a typical Southeast Asian wooden cargo ship, namely the Malayan Bedar (which, incidentally, does not look entirely unrelated to the Chinese junk).

  • More Challenges. We've added two new mini-missions in the form of challenges, so go ahead and take that dusty old Vildebeest for a bit of tinfish-safari off the Akyab coast in the new TORPEDOGS challenge, or try out the bombs and machine guns of the Allied P-43A fighter in GROUND ATTACK.

  • Added captured Japanese fighter. We've implemented a captured P-40E fighter, bombs included, to spice up multiplayer cockpit-dogfighting a little.

    Enjoy the spectacle,

    Ace Maddox

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June 23

0.9.5.8 “COCKPIT/CONTENDER" UPDATE — ADDED COCKPIT SUPPORT, NEW FIGHTERS, MULTIPLAYER IMPROVEMENTS

Nothing quite shocks the senses like the chilly winds and intense air-battles of 1940s southeast Asia. Today’s summery FTSOC Steam update not only improves multiplayer features, but also retrofits cockpit view/support, starting with a functional inside rendition of the RAF's tropical Spitfire Mk. V. Furthermore, a pair of new fighters have been made available namely the Allied P-47D “Thunderbolt” and the Japanese Ki-44 Shoki "Toji", each with a decent selection of skins and over-the-radio voice shouts in American, Chinese, Russian and Japanese languages.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7evdu_0olw

  • Added support for cockpit view. Just getting started on fighter interiors. Buckle up in the Spitfire Mk. V fighter in the Multiplayer, Dogfight or Free Flight modes (press "V" to cycle cameras/cockpit).

  • Online features improved. Collapsed multiplayer JOIN/HOST menus for better overview and accessibility, improved lobby/match views, added Steam invites (via lobby and pause screens), Leaderboards readily accessible, Steam profile avatars used for both multiplayer games and match stats, adjusted formatting/layout to make native chat more pleasant (use RETURN/ENTER to toggle chat).

  • Multiplayer modes. Flying below 200 ft partially hides you allowing for interesting escapes and sudden "jumps" on opponents. Player health for all multiplayer modes now displayed in the match stats/overview.

  • Visuals. Improved scene rendering for increased shadow and tree stability on (resulting in a less distractive landscape view).

  • Just for fun. Implemented real-time "documentary" color modes; sepia, black & white and vintage filters (available via the DISPLAY SETTINGS menu).

  • Two new fighter aircraft. P-47D “Thunderbolt” and Ki-44 Shōki “Toji” fighters with multiple skins and voice shouts.


    Enjoy your weekend,

    Ace Maddox

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Reviews

“A major contender for best flight action combat this year”
4.5/5 – Game Chronicles

“...the quick action of dogfights presents a tremendously enjoyable challenge.”
4/5 – World War II Magazine

“A game that originally tricked you into thinking it was a Blazing Angels for PC, but through the power of awesome developers actually became Blazing Angels for PC. Buy it. Love it.”
5/5 – Steam User Review

Digital Deluxe Edition

The Digital Deluxe Edition includes the FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA OFFICIAL SOUNDTRACK as well as the PARADISE ISLAND DLC that introduces exclusive map Phi Phi Island (based on the popular tourist resort located on the Thailand coast), plus two amphibious fighter aircraft: the Japanese A6M2-N "Rufe" and the U.S. Navy Seahawk SC-1.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMf9P7E4-mU

Steam Greenlight

After lurking in the unchartered clouds of Steam Greenlight for a mere thirteen days, on April 13th 2015 FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA got Greenlit! Thanks to y’all, appreciate the support. Especially all ‘em upvotes!

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About This Game

“The sky was a maelstrom of exploding bombers, twisting tracers, flaming parachutes, and Robert’s own burning fighter... then his engine quit!”

FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA is an air-combat action game based on the historical events of America’s secret volunteer squadrons that flew against Japan in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre of WW2.

Get ready to swoop the skies of Asia as FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA reawakens a diverse set of historical WW2 air-battles, including the Japanese Christmas-raids on Rangoon in 1941, the Flying Tigers’ first combat over Kunming in China, the Battle of the Salween Gorge, “Hump” escort missions over the Himalayas, the Invasion of Malaya, and the Japanese conquest of Burma, to name a few.



FLYING TIGERS: SHADOWS OVER CHINA offers a fresh take on air-combat action gaming with TrazerTime™ slow-motion precision firing, a full-blown single-player campaign, unrestricted multiplayer, a variety of arcade-style combat maneuvers, and more!

  • Based on historical events. Recreates the clandestine operations of the American Volunteer Group, aka the Flying Tigers, in fighter, bomber, gunner, reconnaissance, torpedo and night missions.

  • A fresh variant of WW2 air-combat gaming. Introduces TrazerTime™ slow-motion precision firing while offering a diverse mix of arcade-style combat maneuvers, photo-realistic graphics, a full single-player campaign, action-packed multiplayer modes, eventful weather effects, and much more!

  • Multiplayer for up to 16 players. Coordinate devastating air-attacks in TEAM DOGFIGHT while providing cover for one another, outdo all enemies in MASTER OF THE SKIES, or go aerial base hunting in CAPTURE THE FLAG.

  • Pay once and play! Get the full experience, multiplayer included, for a single payment. No micro-transactions or any F2P-elements. A limited number of DLC expansions may be released with new content not directly related to the historical events the Flying Tigers.

  • Memorable third-person aerial action. Soar the skies of southeastern Asia in the CBI (China-Burma-India) Theatre of WW2 in American, British and Japanese aircraft.

  • Exotic lands of the Far East. Locations include Burma, the Himalayas, Thailand, China, the Indian Ocean, Malaya, and more!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
    • Processor: AMD or Intel Dual-Core processor running at ~1.8 GHz (minimum AMD Athlon 64 X2 6000+ or Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo E6300).
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X11 compatible NVIDIA, ATI/AMD or Intel (dedicated or integrated) graphic card with 512MB of dedicated VRAM (and Shader Model 4.0 support).
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compliant.
    • Additional Notes: To play in HD resolution [1280x720] with an average performance of 30 FPS, we recommend the FLAT setting and a Radeon HD 5750, NVIDIA GeForce GTS 250 or Intel HD 4000 graphics card (or above).
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
    • Processor: AMD Quad-Core running at ~2.7 GHz or Intel Dual-Core with HT processor running at ~3.3 GHz (Intel Core i3 2nd generation or AMD APU A6 3670K and newer architectures are recommended).
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible NVIDIA or ATI/AMD graphics card with ~3GB of dedicated VRAM (and Shader Model 5.0 support).
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 3000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 11 compliant.
    • Additional Notes: To play on CINEMATIC setting at 60 FPS with VSync enabled in full HD resolution [1920x1080], we recommend a GeForce GTX 760 or Radeon HD 7870 graphics card (or above).
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
293.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 20
This is a great arcade game, perfect for the person who doesn't want to get involved with all of the complicated controls of the simulator-type games. The learning curve is not difficult at all, the graphics are excellent, and the aircraft respond smoothly and realistically -- not instantly changing direction, as in some games, so that the pilot would be thrown all over the place in the cockpit.
I find that I keep coming back to it because it is enjoyable to play and the visuals are stunning. It is starting to become my favorite. The Developers, because it is a new game, seem to be on-top-of-things and are fixing little gliches and fine-tuning things ... always improving.
I started with a Longitech Extreme 3D Pro joystick, and then upgraded to the CH Fighterstick, Pro-Pedals and Pro-Throttle, all of which work very well with this game.
The bottom-line, for me, is that it's fun to play ... highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12
This game has TONS of potential but I just can't recommend it at this point. The damage system is horrendous it takes about 40 seconds of non stop machine gun fire to kill 1 enemy and your guns will overheat 3 times before you can kill them. This makes the game feel very unplayable and unsatisfying.

DEVS: if you are reading this PLEASE fix the damage so I can make this a positive review!

EDIT: I was contacted by the devs and they genuinely care about player opinions. Based on this and the conclusion we reached to fix the problem, they deserve credit and regardless I can say this game is good besides the problem mentioned in my first/only complaint. Hopefully there will be updates in the near future!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 19
Great Game
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 28
Just the right game when you want the fun of casual flight without having to study a manual. I do wish they would include cockpit view on every plane though.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 28
Very happy with Flying Tigers. Well designed game play, good graphics, and crisp controls.
Well worth the money.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12
Love it for what it is.

No where does it say that this is a sim game So ignore the reviews that winge about the controls.

I do recommend it.

I also Fly in DCS but Guess what ...That's a sim.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 15
targeting sights on the planes are not proper and makes it difficult to shoot down enemies. graphics are poor quality even at max settings and game appears dull visually- shadows over china is a correct title as the game appears really shadowy. there is no way to change the gamma/ brightness of the display easily. no other players were present on the server for multiplayer games.
Been playing other similar air combat games but this one is not as good as them.
its a good concept but, overeall the game needs a lot of revision before release. as of now the gameplay is poor bcoz of the poor gunsights.

The game has a lot of potemtial though. Will revise this seview if there is a marked change in the gun sights / targeting system and improvement is the visual dullness of the graphics.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 12
Product received for free
Those who enjoy air combat sims should enjoy this one as well! 5 stars!!!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 23
I find this game rather pretty, just that the targetting system sucks. I am stuck at shooting balloons still in the training phase.....
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 4
My Microsoft Sidewinder will not work with Flying Tigers: Shadows over china. My computer can see it. can anyone help me?
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