Ah, the glory days of DOS and Windows 95. I remember those days fondly when you had no choice but to dual boot into either Windows or DOS mode. Sometimes, you had to go into DOS to play games or run certain other programs. X-Wing is just one of these games. But boy was it worth it!
The game carries you through different parts of the original Star Wars trilogy from the initial daring raids initiated against the Galactic Empire in old, slow and cumbersome Y-Wings to the events of A New Hope culminating in the destruction of the first Death Star. You even get to do a full trench run! Further expansions to the game included the flight of the Rebel Alliance from their base on Yavin 4, finding a new base on Hoth and getting kicked off that too in The Empire Strikes Back.
What I really liked about the game was that you could literally fly every single Rebel Alliance fighter introduced. You start off with the tough – but crap – Y-Wing bomber which is famous for blowing up uselessly in A New Hope when trying to destroy the Death Star. We also have the A-Wing, famous for committing kamikaze against Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer in Return of the Jedi. The post Yavin expansion also adds missions where the newest and arguably most powerful of the Rebel’s fighters are added, the B-Wing bomber. Of course, no Star Wars game would be complete without the most famous of the ships involved – the X-Wing – which is still my favourite craft out of the lot. It is of course, the fighter that is most commonly depicted in the original trilogy apart from the massive silver arrow-head shaped Star Destroyers. It also helps that Luke Skywalker flew the things exclusively.
Even though it was first released in 1993 (geez, twenty years ago! I feel massively old) it was also one of the most technologically advanced games at the time. One of the first to apply three dimensional polygons, it was, nonetheless quite dated graphically by the time I played it. This might have something to do with my futuristic and advanced (haha…yeah) fourteen inch monitor with a massive resolution of 640×480 pixels while the game was not on that kind of resolution, which made the whole thing look pixelated. You know what? I didn’t care. It was such a blast to play and in doing so allowed a young kid to experience one of the best science fiction universes ever created.