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       sopwith - classic aerial combat shoot em up game


       sopwith [ -n | -s | -c | -l | -j host ] [-f] [-2] [-x] [-q]


       Sopwith  is  a  classic  1980s shoot ’em up originally developed by BMB
       CompuScience. This modern port is a derivative of the  original  source
       code released by its original author, David L. Clark. This port can run
       using the LibSDL and Gtk+ libraries  to  display  on  screen.  Features
       include  emulation  of  the  original  PC  speaker  sound effects using
       digital sound output, working networking  and  various  extra  features
       that were included by the author in the released sources.


       The standard controls are as follows:

       comma/left arrow
              pull up

       slash/right arrow
              pull down

       period/down arrow
              flip plane

       Z      decrease speed

       X      increase speed

       space  fire machine gun

       B      drop bomb

       H      autopilot plane to home base

       C      launch flare

       V      fire missile

       Ctrl+C quit


       -n     Start a single player game in novice mode

       -s     Start a single player in expert mode

       -c     Start a single player vs. computer game

       -l     Start a network game listening for a network connection

       -j host
              Start  a  network  game, connecting to another listening host as
              specified by host

       -f     Start in full screen mode if possible.

       -2     Double-size the display window

       -x     Enable missiles

       -q     Turn off sound (quiet)


       Originally written by David L. Clark for BMB Compuscience
       Modern SDL/Gtk+ port By Simon Howard


       Sopwith was  originally  designed  as  a  demonstration  game  for  the
       Imaginet Networking System developed by BMB CompuScience of Canada. The
       system failed to become popular but Sopwith became a popular  game  for
       the  IBM  PC and compatibles. A sequel "Sopwith 2" was actually a newer
       version rather than a different game, but included many extra features,
       such  as  Oxen  and  birds.  Sopwith  was also ported to the Atari. The
       original author, David L. Clark, later created Sopwith -  The  Author’s
       Edition with several extra features including missiles. This version of
       sopwith is based on the source for the Authors Edition.