A is for Abbreviated A2Z. My mammoth monthly news round-ups are on hold, but truncated digests like this may appear from time to time.

B is for Belgian balloon buster

Wings Over Flanders Fields II’s first expansion pack will add the small but effective Aviation Militaire Belge to the sim. Whether it will allow users to recreate the extraordinary antics of the AMB’s most famous aviator remains to be seen. On one occasion gasbag busting specialist Willy Coppens is said to have landed on a holed balloon to avoid rifle fire from the basket below. After waiting for his lofty landing pad to begin deflating/descending, the ace opened his throttle and continued his flight!

C is for Clobber Colombo in Carrier Battles 4

The Royal Navy and the IJN contest Carrier Battles 4’s latest DLC. Playable from both Japanese and British perspectives, the three-day £4 Indian Ocean scenario recreates Operation C, a large-scale IJN raid on Ceylon that rattled the Senior Service but failed to achieve its objective – the destruction of the Colombo-based Eastern Fleet.

D is for Dirt-cheap diesels and electrics

Train Sim World 3 and many of its add-ons are heavily reduced on Steam at the moment. The deals look great until you compare them to current Humble Bundle offers. Anyone who purchases the TSW3 ‘Mega Haul’ bundle in its most expensive form (£11) takes home the base sim plus fifteen DLCs (twelve routes and three trains), one of which – Birmingham Cross-City Line – is a late 2022 release currently priced at £16 on Steam.

E is for End of Early Access is just the beginning

Although Wilhemsen Studios are almost ready to slap a ‘1.00’ on the silvery flank of Reentry, they won’t be abandoning their remarkable spacecraft sim anytime soon. Work on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo modules is set to continue, VR support and co-op play is on the way, as is a recreation of the Saturn V’s forerunner, the Saturn 1B. Perhaps the most exciting revelation in the above video is that Petri and Co. have a Space Shuttle facsimile in the works.

F is for Fallujah firefights

Earlier this week, PC Gamer’s Morgan Park delivered a thoughtful assessment of Six Days In Fallujah, an Early Accessible military shooter with a controversial theme and a troubled gestation. Prior to reading his piece, I was tempted to try SDIF. Now I’m thinking I’d be better off digging out my old copy of Delta Force: Black Hawk Down.

G is for Gift warhorse

I’ve not had a chance to properly examine SOVL’s hay chompers yet. What I can tell you is this top-down freebie simulates tabletop fantasy wargaming, and comes with a campaign that incorporates scenario choices, unit carry-over, and unit upgrading. While it probably won’t stop you hankering for a fantasy version of Field of Glory II, it may keep the boredom bugbear at bay for an evening or two.

H is for Hard to stomach

Panzer Division Games’ Tomislav Čipčić has a lot on his mortar base plate at the moment. The creator of the innovative Attack at Dawn: North Africa is working on a Stalingrad-focused sequel with 3D graphics, a dynamic campaign, and a new UI. He’s also preparing a board game. The Twilight Struggle-inspired Escalation: Nuclear War in Europe started life as a Russo-Ukrainian War emulator. Thematic misgivings (“The situation it represented was so hard to stomach that I had to pull the plug”) eventually prompted a change of direction.

I is for Improved Israeli-Arab aggro

Campaign Series: Middle East 1948-1985 (2015), an expanded and enhanced version of Talonsoft’s Divided Ground (2001), received a big update this week. If this lengthy change list in combination with this old AAR persuades any of you to pull the trigger, then contact me (tim at tallyhocorner dot com) before purchasing and you could save £16 (I received a ‘50% off’ Slitherine store coupon recently for being a long-time member of the Matrix Games forums, and can’t see myself using it before the July 9 expiry date).

J is for Jumpers for goalposts

Challenging, amusing, and dripping with Eighties nostalgia, the Soccer Kids alpha is a delight. Turnbased football isn’t a new idea, but I don’t remember anyone striving to reproduce the sort of adult- and referee-free matches that occur in playgrounds, parks, and streets the world over, before. The game’s pint-sized players have distinct personalities and abilities, and are perfectly prepared to body-check, barge, and sledge, in order to gain an advantage.


  1. I’ve got some extra keys for a few already owned Train Sim World routes to give away: Peninsula Corridor, Great Western Express, Long Island Rail Road and Northern Trans-Pennine. Ping me here or on THC’s Discord if interested.

  2. Re-entry remains the most supported early access game I know. It’s got a massive learning curve, but the experience feels so realistic. It’s almost certain to make my top 10 of this year unless a bunch of great games arrive in the back half of the year.

  3. Reentry is the best-kept secret in gaming. I wish it wasn’t a secret as it’s so remarkable. Somehow a “DCS-level”, VR-capable, 1:1 representation of all the most important manned spacecraft in history- made by an extremely small team to boot- has gone nearly unnoticed. It’s criminal. And now they’re adding a Space Shuttle (among other things) for free! It should be legally obligated that you have to buy Reentry before you’re allowed to buy any other game. First learned about it on an old TFP.

    Speaking of which, I also first learned about CSME on an old TFP. I think it was about six years ago when they said they were working on an Iran-Iraq War DLC, so I eagerly grabbed up the base game. I’m still waiting :). I know Jason Petho and his team are working hard on CS: Vietnam and other stuff, but I hope Iran-Iraq War is still on their agenda somewhere.

  4. Just tried Soccer Kids. It’s a nice little game, very pleasant to play. I will keep an eye an it to see where it goes.

    • I love the idea of more improvised and youth-focussed sports gaming.

      I’ve never met a golf game I could spend more than an hour in, but I have fond memories of a virtualized mini-putt that was a blast. Add some snarky kids as player-characters and some card-based randomized character traits, and you’ve got a few hours fun!

  5. Wings Over Flanders Fields always tempts me whenever I see it mentioned. I should do a little research on the controls and see if I can convince myself it’d make a successful steam-deck install.

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