|Released||IBM PC (DOS) 1995|
|Genre||Helo, Simulation, Strategy|
A helicopter flight simulation over the south china seas.
Hokum is a unique and probably the least known flight sim from Simis, makers of Flight Sim Toolkit.
As commander of a mercenary group, a ship and a fleet of eight helicopters, it's your responsibility to patrol an area approximately 75,000 km square (lying at a longitude of 3 degrees North and a latitude of 160 degrees Fast, in case you were wondering), and suppress or (preferably) remove the pirate forces dominating the Indonesian-owned Anambus Islands.
In this game you are a commander of a Base Ship cruising around Indonesia to stop piracy and a pilot of four helicopter types available on it. These helicopters are Kamov Ka-50 Hokum (assault), Mil Mi-8 Hip (assault/transport), Westland Lynx (anti-ship assault/transport), and Bell AH-1 Cobra (assault).
You are planning the schedule of your missionsand complete them with appropriate helicopter. Planning of missions is based on your previous recce flights. Missions vary from intercept pirate boats, escort ship through pirate waters, and provide air support, to unload battalion of jungle commandos, rescue ejected pilot, and annihilate the village. During the mission player also may switch back to Base Ship to plan another mission.
Game is presented in MCGA resolution (320x240), but has also undocumented option to play in SVGA resolution (640x480). This option is invoked by running game executable with -v option (HOKUM.EXE -v).
The game graphics is very impressive for its era and the engine sounds is simply brilliant.
By the way game is bugged and no patches was ever released. One of them is a save-game bug, that makes it next to useless - no enemy helis or ships ever appear after restoring from a saved game.
The game is only working in DOS or DOS emulator, there is no other way to run game in Windows OSes.
Some sources mistakenly cite release date as 1992 and publisher as Domark, but there is no documented confirmation of it.
- Kamov Ka-50 Hokum
- Mill Mi-8 Hip (In game designated as Kamov Hi-8 Hip)
- Westland Army Lynx
- Bell AH-1W Super Cobra
Original Design - Simis Ltd
IBM PC Compatible Code - John Wilkinson
Flight Model Data - Dave Payne
Bitrnap Graphics Arcane - Simon Hopwood
Island Design - Jo-Anne Wilkinson
3D Shapes Design - John Wilkinson
SFX - Steve Excel
Software Manager - Jon Norledge
Producer - Matthew Spall
Quality Control - Matthew Spall, John Martin, Tony Hinds, Kevin Turner, David Williams
Artwork & Design Co-ordinator - Matthew Walker
Manual Copy - John Doe
Manual Design, Layout & Production - Definition