Join the Royal Air Force, face off against the deadly German Luftwaffe and the Italian air forces and battle for Britain!
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Release Date: Jul 19, 2011

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August 23

IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover Compatibility Update

The game has been updated to run on Windows 8 and 10. In addition, Russian and Czech languages were added to the international version of the game.

UPD: Since many players reported that the update caused problems for installs with TF mod, it was taken down for now. We'll try to find a solution so they work together.

UPD2: The update is available as an option. To access it, open Steam properties of the game and select 'beta' on Betas tab. Please note that if you have the game and TF mod already installed, modded files will be overwritten after selecting this beta version.

Install this beta update if you want to play vanilla version of the game on Windows 8 and later and/or want Russian or Czech language (the default, old version of the game may not run on Windows 8 and later without TF mod or custom fan made executable). If you want to play with TF mod, use the default version of the game since the mod enables the game to run on Windows 8 and later as well.

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About This Game

Join the Royal Air Force and Battle for Britain!
Fly into the pivotal aerial battle for the skies of Britain. As a member of the British RAF, face off against the deadly German Luftwaffe and the Italian air forces. IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover is the next exciting World War II flight combat simulation title from 1C: Maddox Games, creators of the critically acclaimed IL-2 Sturmovik series.


  • Fight the Wars of History – England, 1940; Germany is waging a massive air campaign for the absolute supremacy of the skies. Join the battle to save Britain.
  • Over 25 Aircrafts – English, German & Italian aircraft including the Spitfire, The Hurricane, and the Messerschmitt Bf-109. Every detail faithfully recreated.
  • Enormous Environments – Fly through the cities and towns of London, southern and northern England, northern France, southern Belgium and more.
  • Incredible Damage Model – Every single aircraft component can be damaged for incredibly realistic and satisfying results.
  • Massive Multiplayer – Customizable modes allow for up to 128 players in huge ongoing battles or hop in deathmatch-style free-for-alls.
  • New Groundbreaking 3D Engine – Huge variety of photorealistic ground vehicles, buildings and environments.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® 7 / Vista SP2 / Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Pentium® Dual-Core 2.0GHz or Athlon™ X2 3800+
    • Memory: 2GB
    • Graphics: DirectX® 9.0c compliant, 512MB Video Card (See supported List*)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 10GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • Peripherals: Mouse, keyboard
    • Multiplay: Broadband connection with 128 kbps upstream or faster


    ATI®: 5830/5850/5770/5870/6870/6950/6970

    NVidia®: 250/260/275/285/460/465/470/480
    • OS: Windows® 7 / Vista SP2 / Windows XP SP3
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.66GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 2.6GHz
    • Memory: 4GB
    • Graphics: DirectX® 10 compliant, 1GB Video Card (See supported List*)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 10
    • Hard Drive: 10GB
    • Sound: DirectX® 9.0c compatible
    • Peripherals: Joystick with throttle and rudder control
    • Multiplay: Broadband connection with 128 kbps upstream or faster


    ATI®: 5830/5850/5770/5870/6870/6950/6970

    NVidia®: 250/260/275/285/460/465/470/480
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
675.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 6

With Team Fusion patches, this title still beats newer sims in terms of multiplayer experience. It's cheaper now too so a win win for all. Forget the BoS/BoM as your first title. Go with IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover as your first entry into the genre and you'll likely never look back.

Team Fusion are set to release their 5th patch in the coming months which opens up a new theatre and expands the airframe set. IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover has a bright future and really is the #1 choice for anyone looking a full immersive experience.

Full review:

It is October 2016 as I write this review. For the record, this game came out in 2011 March 22nd. I've over 675hrs in game, much of that flying with a virtual Sqn.

I am writing this review now because I can but also to highlight that this title is still the 'go-to' title for WW2 Warbird flight sim enthusiasts.

In short, this ugly duckling has grown into a relatively elegant swan (I know, ducks and swans are two different biological lines .... but take that up with Hans Christian Andersen ....)

The ugly duckling part:
This is well written and reviewed and I am not going to go over old cold coals other than to say that the then developer of IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover released a flight sim that was beautiful, full of promise and quite badly failed the performance test when released. It was full of ugly bugs, ran terribly and was soon consigned to the 'what a load of rubbish ... and it could have been so awesome' bin.

The grown into a relatively elegant swan part:
Enter the Team Fusion mod group. Mod groups do their thing and take released titles and polish them up. They often are responsible for taking titles what had been set to 'end of life support' status by the original developer and keep them supported. There are plenty of cases also of Mod group essentially taking over from defunct developers such as Falcon 4 by MicroProse and Richard Burns Rally by Warthog Games. Both these developers are no more yet their titles live on being developed even to this day.

Team Fusion are the effective custodians of IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover's continued development. The developer, C1 Company, to be fair, did make a final last ditch effort to iron out the show-stopper bugs before they abandoned the project. They succeeded in that effort and thereby can be credited with a base game that is today ... playable.

However, the salute goes to Team Fusion, for taking this almost but not quite product and dragging it kicking and screaming through 4 patches of development into what I will describe as the shining star of multiplayer WW2 warbird flight simulators today.

The name "IL-2 Sturmovik" can be found today in other titles. Sadly, these title do not, in my opinion, represent positive forward evolution of the genre. IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover with Team Fusion still reigns supreme if a truly immersive flight simming multiplayer experience is what you are looking to achieve.

There are a number of servers still running with two servers standing out. ATAG, basically a dog-fighter server, known for it's association with Team Fusion, (Team Fusion needed a virtual home and ATAG server, an independent entity provided that ) is a server that new folks and returned players regularly go to for fast turn PvP experiences.

ACG is a long time realism server group which are regular stopping in places for the more experienced CLoD flight simmer. With missions and campaigns from time to time and large multiplayer sessions, ACG youtube videos are famous and beautiful.

The last server of note is Storm of War. SoW replays the BoB campaign. Every reply is unique in many respects. Presently in SoW Season 4, it is the goto server for the more experienced sim pilot which is seeking a multiplayer campaign experience. This is particularly true if you have a group of friends you like to fly with. SoW has developed it's own statistical system which provides Sqn level statistics as well as individual sortie reports even and accommodates groups of players with their own dedicated operating bases, custom airfield configurations, managed airframe stocks, real life TOPHAT in fighter command... the list goes one.

So 5 years ago, no one could have imaged that in 2016, IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover would still represent the top of the pile of WW2 Warbird flight sim experiences.

Newer titles, some even with "IL-2 Sturmovik" in their names (e.g. BoS & BoM) fail to match what IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover brings to the table today. In terms of multiplayer, BoS / Bom are not yet as successful.

If asked, my recommendation could not be easier or clearer.
Forget any reservations about CLoD being 5 years old title ... it really isn't that old due to Team Fusion patch updates.
Enjoy the fact that you will save money and have a superior product (assuming you install the team fusion patches!)

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
I can not reccomend this game seeing as how I was only able to play it once. It crashes after saying starting game
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
waited a long time to get this and doesn't bloody work, only with a list of mods to run, No thanks
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125 of 131 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,834.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1, 2014
This is the best WWII combat flight sim out there at present..BAR NONE...It is the most complete WWII fighter pilot experience you will get....I have tried other WWII flight sims on the market and they are all very arcade like...This is the REAL DEAL...I have flown this sim over 1000 hours and I am still amazed at how real it feels, how good the landscape looks, the flight characteristics, the damage models, it is breathtaking!..and it is still being improved

When this sim originally came out it had flaws that put a lot of people off and gave bad reviews on sites like this. Unfortunately this has marred what is now quite literaly a brilliant sim. Its taken a while (2 years actually) but for those of us who gave this sim a second chance we have not been disappointed. For that reason I feel that I should make people aware of what they are missing if they don't get this game, but don't take my word for it..checkout the recent youtube videos..

The online experience is probably the best part of this game...To fight in the skies over Kent and the Pas-de-Calais in real time, scan the skies for enemy contacts, wing with a buddy and engage a deadly foe, it is exhilarating. You can change your shells to whatever shells were available at the time, you can change convergence settings so that your bullets hit exactly the same point, you fuel up to what amount you need which will influence your aircrafts balance and weight. The dogfight tactics are still the same from 1940, the flight characteristics are different for each aircraft and at different altitudes too....You can also fly bomber runs in 1940 bombers and take control of every manned gunning position as you try to fend off hungry attackers.

Even for new players there is plenty of help on youtube with 5 minute startup procedures, and how to dogfight in every flyable aircraft, you can be up and flying in just a few minutes. The best online server is ATAGS and they also have a website (link at bottom of this review)to checkout which is a must for new flyers with questions. Most importantly a large group of WWII aircraft enthusiast program techs have taken this sim and are constantly modifying it for a more complete experience. They are called the Team Fusion (TF) and they also use the ATAGS website as their base for discussion. The issues that once surrounded this game have now been resolved and the TF are now dedicating their time to making game enhancing changes like contrails and reflective cockpit canopys. Thats where this sim is at now.

If you want to fly online with us (and I would highly recommend the dogfighting online as its so much more full on than offline) must install the patches that can be found on the ATAGS website..and also for any to website here:

So my advice is to ignore any review earlier than 2013 as Cliffs Of Dover is as different now to when it was released as night and day and is nowhere near comparable with those early reviews.
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121 of 128 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
175.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Okay, hopefully you're reading this in the most recent order? So if you're you'll see this as one of the latest and most up-to-date reviews?

Firstly a little about me. My username is Mysticpuma and I am one of the team of modders who go by the name "Team Fusion".

Since the simulation was abandoned by the developers (in a pretty bugged state) our modding group of community members, all flight-sim enthusiasts, have been fixing, patching and adding to the simulation COMPLETELY FOR FREE so that players will get to experience the true version of the software that should have been released.

IL2: Cliffs of Dover is a masterpeice in the flightsim genre BUT due to financial constraints was released in a working but bugged condition. Since that release there were two official updates from the developers (applied automatically when installed using Steam) and these fixed a host of issue....but not all!

As I mentioned before, Team Fusion are all members (unpaid) of the Flight Sim community who have given 1000's if not 100's of 1000's of hours of their time so that the Simulation becomes one of, if not the, ultimate WW2 Combat Flight Sim.

The detail that has been created, improved, fixed, upgraded has been vast and this also includes multi-player netcode, now allowing huge online battles to take place.

Our team are currently working on completely new aircraft, completely new flyable aircraft (and variants of existing), shipping, vehicles, mission builder objects, effects, sound, new map(s), a new map tool builder and much, much more........and will be given to the community COMPLETELY FOR FREE!!! No paid expansion, no micro in-game charges, the patches, fixes and updates are FREE!! All made by community members for community members.

Whilst I could sit and type for hours about the changes and fixes here are just a few features and video links that should give an idea of the level of depth Team Fusion have and are going to in an effort to give you the Flight Sim enthusiast, the best experience possible:

Firstly a link to our videos on the VImeo page (we have now moved to Youtube). These should give you an idea of the level of detail in the software, what has been updated and where we are heading:

Next our Youtube Channel:

If you don't have time to scour through all the video here are links to 3-4 highligh clips:

A Taste of Fusion. This video clip gives an oversight of the history of the software and what happened since it's release (don't's not a documentary!) :

Some of the effects work:

and this one:

New ships (and features):

New aircraft:

In finishing I'll just say that hopefully this information is of use to you. Yes the sim was abandoned due to financial constraints....but for just a tenner, once you apply the Team Fusion (FREE, did I mention FREE?) patches the software is completely playable on Windows 7 (64-bit) upwards including Windows 10. It has a thousands of new features, fixes, effects, etc, etc and we are also (and have a working version) looking to utilise Oculus Rift support after upgrading the software to use DirectX 11.


For more news and updates the best place to visit is the ATAG Server where Team Fusion are based and can be found here:

The Team Fusion Facebook page is here:

There are also some other great servers and forums out there including the Air Combat Group and Storm of War and these use this software with the Team Fusion patches and regluarly have hundreds of online players taking part:

If you take the time to go through the videos and visit the forums linked to you'll see the software is far from abandoned, it is true to say that the 'Vanilla' version is bugged (but not unplayable, just frustrating), BUT, by downloading the FREE Team Fusion patches, you will have access to one of the best WW2 Combat Flight Sims available and that is still be worked on, updated, having new maps and features added......AND ALL FOR FREE.

Team Fusion are made up of our community and are building and creating this for our community.

Cheers, Mysticpuma

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84 of 86 people (98%) found this review helpful
415.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
Cliffs of Dover is an excellent World War 2 flight simulator, recreating what it is like to be a British or German combat pilot during the Summer of 1940. HOWEVER, it is excellent only if you use the Team Fusion patch. Let me make that clear. Cliffs of Dover should have been an excellent product from the first. Its vision and the designed scope of improvement over other WW2 flight sims was, and still is, truly next generation. However, the sim was a commercial flop - for a variety of reasons.

More than anything, the effect its release had on the flight simming community was to generate at first epic anger, and later, epic sighs of disapointment. We all had high hopes, but they were decisively dashed after the initial boot-up of what has become known as IL-2 CloD. Frame rates when the sim was first released were slide-show poor, stability was enough to make Job tear his hair, and menu navigation was inexplicably difficult. These and a myriad of other major issues kept anyone from feeling they got their money's worth. Most who had purchased Cliffs of Dover, eagerly expecting the best WW2 sim experience possible, quickly shelved it after vigorously (and justly) lambasting the developers online. The issues with which this product first shipped are unacceptable for any entertainment product if it is going to succeed. And, therefore due to the quality, or lack of it, succeed IL-2 Cliffs of Dover did not. The vision was there, the scope was there, the basics were there - but the execution left all the positives absolutely irrelevant.

Now fast forward in time to the present. Over the years since release, a series of patches from the developers have addressed many issues in the software, partly to silence their critics, but also in an effort to salvage their reputation for further software development. The most recent developer's patch, however, came with a statement: No More Work Will Be Done. Although the official patches fixed many issues, serious flaws still remained unaddressed. Seeing that CloD had been abandoned by the developers, a small group of historically-minded flight sim enthusiasts took it upon themselves to fix the glitches that remain, adding content as well as restored functionality. The result has been, literally, a game-changer. Frame rates are at 60FPS on modern machines, flight modeling is impressive, software stability is great, and the single player campaigns have even been re-written. Multiplayer is fantastic. 50 to 100 human pilots routinely fly together, in one server, over the English channel and French and English countrysides, re-enacting the dramatic days before, during, and after the Battle of Britain. You can find your aerial combat fix nearly any day or night on the ATAG (TF) multiplayer server. Team Fusion continues to poll the community for needed changes, and to add more content and bugfixes regularly. Their forum, and their patches, can be found at:

I highly recommend IL-2 CloD if you are a serious WW2 flight sim enthusiast. To date, it has the highest degree of period engine and flight modelling that a complete WW2 flight simulation product has delivered. You will feel as if you are piloting a piston-powered, 1200 horsepower, state of the art (for 1940) aircraft into realistic and deadly combat using nothing but a compass, high-power guns, crosshairs gunsight, and your wits. It is not an easy sim. It is a realistic one. If that is what you want, you have found it. Just make sure you use the TF additions. -Venturi
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62 of 71 people (87%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
250.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
As a commercial airline captain and a former USAF "Hog Driver" (A-10 pilot) I have to say "IL-2 Cliffs of Dover" has kept me occupied on many nights off. The aerodynamics of each aircraft get about as close to accurate as a flight sim. can get. My only issue with this sim. is that you're limited to France and England, I wish there was more map.
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54 of 59 people (92%) found this review helpful
59.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2013
Not a horrible sim, but was marred by a horrendous release. It's now very good and is actually really fun with the Team Fusion Mod. Get this on sale for sure.

UPDATE 7-7-2014: The game is now well worth a purchase at its full price now that it's gone down. Installing the latest TF Update will provide you with a criminally underrated flight sim. It's awesome.

11-1-2014: Just a test, Steam reviews seem weird.
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48 of 53 people (91%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 14, 2015
Fun game 10/10

However there issues that everyone should know about.
If you are a windows 8, 8.1, 10 user. You will not and i repeat will not
be able to run this game after purchasing it. I will leave a link in my review for the patch
if you are interested in getting the game. Also this game isn't like WarThunder you need to get a
Joy Stick because there is no mouse joy aka mouse flight.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>patch below<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Installation of TF patches

Grab mod 4.0 or install all the patches.
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47 of 52 people (90%) found this review helpful
1,767.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
This sim is the best WWII filight sim I have ever flown and I have over 25 years experience in flight sims from way back in the 80's until now. The game in itself had some issues that made alot of people put this sim back on the shelve (I almost did as well) But the community rallied, a mod team was formed under the name Team Fusion and this sim came back to life and went way above and beyond it's expectations. The realism and immersion are top notch and the community is one of the best in the gaming world and very helpful and patient with newbies. Even now in early 2014 the game is still being modded by TF and getting better all the time with new content, updated and better fps friendly graphics partical and visual effects. The flight models and damage models have been revised and more historical and are still getting better with each new patch. You can now take control of tanks and ground pound (wip) and the next mod release (coming very soon) you will be able to take control of flak guns and defend your base from enemy stafing it. This game will still be here in ten years no doubt and just keep getting better as it goes. The ATAG(AIR TACTICAL ASSAULT GROUP) server is the best host for this sim and there are always people on it willing to help newcomers out and get started. I have over 1200 hous on this awesome sim and will probably get to 10,000 plus in the next 5 to 10 years. And the best thing is the price is right, for under $20 you can't go wrong. Although now with the TF mods it sould be worth at least $60 and probably more. I definitely recommend this sim to any flight enthusiest out there.
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0.8 hrs
Posted: October 21
Ignore the system requirements.


Terribly optimized.

Good sim tho, install the TEAM FUSION MOD as many say
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6.2 hrs
Posted: October 17
Very nice flight sim IF you are willing to put in two hours or so to download and install the Team Fusion patches described in other reviews.
More info on the patches and how to install is here:
All patches can be found here:
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155.8 hrs
Posted: October 16
Fantastic Game will give it 4 stars because it is not updated by the devs but by the ATAG comunity with patches called Team Fusion. If the devs Would put somw effort back into il2 COD it could become the best.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: October 14
my game will not download why?
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20.1 hrs
Posted: October 5
OK. You bought the game and followed the updates. Now get the Team Fusion Mod and patch it with that. I have Win10 64Bit, and it works fine.

Ok having said that. It's not an easy game, it's very hard. Once you learn to start the various aircraft, and get them in the air, then you have to learn sharply about what your aircraft will and won't do. They spin if you look at them the wrong way. They get shot down. They fall in holes at the aerodrome and crack up. Then you want to take off. It's pure fluke if at first you manage it...practice makes perfect. Oh, and then there's landing the crates. That is a real task....that takes time and practice to learn and get down. The English and French countryside is gorgeous. The aircraft are a treat, so realistic. For a sim you pay less than $50 for it's remarkable how good it is. Of course you can wait and get it when it's on special. You get to fly Spitfires. Did I mention that the game has Spitfires? Oh yes, it has Spitfires. There are several flyable craft, from fighters on both sides to bombers. And then there's the player communities. Great bunch. You can interact with them by in-game chat or voiced with Teamspeak. There are websites you can visit. There are squadrons you can join, or jastas if you want to play for the German side.

So all in all, while the learning curve is damn steep. Kinda like a church spire steep, it's worth it.
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225.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
Now I'm sure there are many reviews that will tell you the history and poor release of IL-2 CloD, but I'm going to keep it brief.

IL-2 CloD has possibly the best community of any game I have ever played; helpful, understanding and serious.
To access this however you must install Team Fusion. To play this game without Team Fusion is simply not worth it, just go and play IL-2 1946, you'll have a better time. With Team Fusion however, the game improves massively in balance and effects, as well an extremely underrated multiplayer. This game's singleplayer is poor, but the multiplayer is the best in the Sturmovik series. Also, please don't be worried about the realism if you are new to simulators, there are many tutorials and helpful members of the community.

IF you can play the Team Fusion multiplayer, and ideally have a mic, this game is easily worth twice its price.
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14.0 hrs
Posted: September 21
If you are thinking about buying this game MAKE SURE YOU DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL THE TEAM FUSION PATCH to enjoy the simulator at it´s full potential. By doing so you get the best WW2 combat flight simulator experience available nowadays.
Everything from the astonishing visuals of southern England and northern France, the cockpits, the clouds, contrails, day and night cycles, the roaring sounds of the engines, machineguns and explosions, to the brilliantly detailed physics, instruments and damage models.
The learning curve is steep, but if you are into flight sims, it is something to expect, and where half of the fun is.
Joystick is a must and head tracking is also very helpful.
If you´re into multiplayer, make sure you join the ATAG SERVER.
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