F-117A Nighthawk: Stealth Fighter 2.0

Released: 1991
Published by: MicroProse Software, Inc.
Developed by: MPS Labs, Inc.
Author(s): Sid Meier, Jeffery L. Briggs, Andy Hollis, Ed Fletcher, Joe Hellesen, Ken Lagace.




System Requirements

System Requirements 80286 CPU. 640K RAM required. Supports EGA, MCGA and VGA graphics.
Audio support for PC speaker, Ad Lib or Roland MT-32. Joystick and Mouse optional.
Original Media Either two 5.25" 1.2 MB (HD) floppy disks, or three 3.5" 720 KB (DD) floppy disks.
Installed Size (MB) 1,766 KB (1.7 MB)


From where can it be run?

From 1.2 MB floppy disks or installed to hard disk (preferred). WARNING: Cannot be played directly from 720 KB floppy disks.

For installation to your hard disk, you can either use the DOS COPY command or use the provided INSTALL program which is on disk "A". This program can also be used to create backup floppy disks of the originals. If installing to a hard disk this program will create a subdirectory called "MPS".

To run the game, execute F117.COM or F117.BAT.

Andy's Recommended Setup
"F-117 runs at its very best on any system with a 386DX-25 or faster - you will get very smooth animation at the highest detail setting - running on a much faster processor is tolerated well by the game though provides no additional benefit. Memory is not an issue: 1 MB total system memory is plenty for this game. Any VGA graphics card is good, and for audio use a Roland MT-32 "old". The best version to play is the last one that was released: v473.03 - this supports digitised speech and fixed a number of bugs found in earlier versions. Also use a decent analogue joystick."

 

Copy Protection

No disk copy protection, but on startup the game asks you to identify a combat aircraft - these are in the back of the manual. If you get the answer wrong, you are automatically assigned to a training mission which allows basic take-off and landing only.

 

How to Setup

The game comes with a setup program, SETUP.EXE, although running the F117.COM file to start the game automatically takes you through these options each time. Running SETUP.EXE does not write to any batch file or configuration file, so it's assumed that F117.COM simply calls SETUP.EXE to prompt you for your configuration, and then loads the main game based on what you've chosen.

You are prompted for the following:

1) Joystick:

2) Select sound driver:

To abort the setup/game startup and return to the command prompt, press CTRL-C.

Choosing the Roland Sound option works with a game port MIDI cable connected between your Roland MT-32 and sound card's Game/MIDI port, so it does not require an "Intelligent" mode interface such as the MFC-IPC or equivalent.

The game doesn't require any extended memory (XMS) or expanded memory (EMS) drivers to be loaded, and runs quite happily in DOS with just 532 KB of free conventional memory.

 

Problems

Symptom: The game fails to get past the intro sequence and onto the Pilot Roster screen.
Cause: Your system is too fast.
Resolution: Disable either internal or external caches (or both) via the BIOS. If possible, bring the speed down to the equivalent of a 486SX-25, and the game should then start properly.

Symptom: Roland sounds are strange - The intro sounds ok, but when in the cockpit you hear no engine roar at all when flying - just silence. Other button controls do output some sounds.
Cause: The game requires an MT-32 "Old" (the one with no headphone jack on the back). The MT-32 "New" and MT-100 are not 100% compatible with the MT-32 "Old" - they were introduced around the time the General MIDI format was being ironed out, so Roland moved the locations of some of the MT-32 sound samples around. This means games whose sound was designed and tested on the MT-32 "Old" may sound a bit wrong on the MT-32 "New" or MT-100. Another cause for this incompatibility is that games designers became aware of bugs in the MT-32 "Old"'s firmware, and often exploited these to produce the sounds. Since the MT-32 "New" and MT-100 run on different firmware, these bugs cannot be exploited by the software, resulting in different/no sound.

Symptom: No sound when using Ad Lib sound option with my Sound Blaster card.
Cause: F-117 expects your Sound Blaster card to be configured to IRQ 7 only.
Resolution: Either configure your SB card to use IRQ7, or download the update file which contains a replacement ASOUND.EXE file (this file provides Ad Lib sound support for the game). The replacement file patches F-117 to use either IRQ 3 or 5 for SB users.

 

To Quit the Game

Press Alt-Q at any time. A screen highlighting some other MicroProse Software titles is displayed, along with a prompt, "Exit to DOS Y/N ?". Press Y to return to the command prompt.

 

Supporting Documents

Here are the original documents that came with the game:

And here are aftermarket docs:

 

Save Games

If you run the game from the original floppy disks (not recommended), no "save game" data will be written to them. Best to install and run the game on your hard disk, or make backup copies of the original disks (two 5.25" 1.2 MB (HD) disks) and keep them write-enabled so that save games can be stored on these disks.

The save game data is stored in a file called ROSTER.FIL in the game directory. You can back this file up and restore it later if you want to preserve its contents at a given point in time.

 

Versions of the game known to exist

Version Date Comments
473.01 (unknown) First release.
473.02 (unknown) Second release.
473.03 10th November 1988 Final release. Adds digitised speech, fixes a colour palette problem, various lock-ups fixed, some graphics in opening screen have been cleaned up, and some bugs in the 3D portion of the game have been fixed.
Playable Demo (unknown) Restricted to playing 2 missions in the Libya theatre only. The player's craft takes no damage in training mode (ALT-T). The map shows all 9 theatres that will be available in the full release.

 

Original Floppy Disk Contents

All floppy disks have a single volume label, "F117A-SF". A file on each disk called "DISK-A" or "DISK-B" is used by the install program to determine which files are to be extracted/uncomcpressed.

Disk 1 of 2 (5.25" 1.2 MB DS/HD, version 473.03):

.              <DIR>            11-05-2021 21:34
.. <DIR> 06-05-2021 20:58
ADV PAL 768 26-08-1991 16:09
ADV PIC 15,064 19-08-1991 14:12
AIR_ID PIC 6,004 26-07-1991 23:08
ARMSSCRN PIC 5,021 12-08-1991 13:12
ASOUND 117 14,890 23-10-1991 13:10
ASOUND LOG 6,120 18-07-1991 15:06
AWARDS PAL 768 26-07-1991 14:33
AWARDS PIC 22,215 26-07-1991 14:33
BREFICON PIC 14,222 22-07-1991 13:04
BREFSCRN PAL 768 23-07-1991 8:48
BREFSCRN PIC 1,100 23-07-1991 8:48
BUNKER PAN 78,576 25-07-1991 9:04
C-PIT PAN 73,584 25-07-1991 9:04
CE 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 16:02
CE 3DT 3,908 21-08-1991 16:02
CE WLD 3,044 24-08-1991 17:33
CEMETARY PAL 768 20-06-1991 16:55
CEMETARY PIC 20,513 20-06-1991 11:44
CLIMBIN PIC 10,444 22-10-1991 11:25
CREDIT PAN 54,944 23-08-1991 15:52
CU 3DG 1,810 26-08-1991 12:24
CU 3DT 2,700 26-08-1991 12:24
CU WLD 2,278 22-08-1991 17:16
CUBA PIC 6,165 25-07-1991 8:32
C_EUROPE PIC 13,049 23-07-1991 8:48
DESK PAL 768 20-06-1991 16:55
DESK PIC 17,822 20-06-1991 12:43
DISK-A 2,100 22-10-1991 12:34
DSWAP EXE 8,558 27-08-1991 2:29
END EXE 24,203 22-10-1991 9:37
ENDHANGR PAL 768 14-08-1991 8:24
ENDHANGR PIC 14,963 14-08-1991 8:24
F117 COM 1,722 23-08-1991 12:55
FLAG PAL 768 26-07-1991 13:00
FLAG PIC 30,242 26-07-1991 13:00
FLIGHT PAL 768 20-06-1991 16:55
FLIGHT PIC 29,792 20-06-1991 11:44
FOLDER1 PIC 10,268 14-08-1991 8:24
FOLDER2 PIC 7,422 24-05-1991 17:25
HANGSCRN PIC 10,220 14-08-1991 15:07
HANGSPRT PIC 12,606 14-08-1991 15:08
HOMESCRN PIC 16,051 26-07-1991 13:00
INSTALL EXE 10,339 25-09-1991 8:41
ISOUND 117 10,226 23-10-1991 13:06
ISOUND LOG 2,458 12-07-1991 17:33
KO 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 13:44
KO 3DT 2,764 21-08-1991 13:44
KO WLD 2,351 22-08-1991 17:17
KOREA PIC 8,023 16-08-1991 11:26
KU 3DG 1,810 24-08-1991 15:55
KU 3DT 3,716 24-08-1991 15:55
KU WLD 2,558 10-10-1991 9:55
KUWAIT PIC 14,868 23-07-1991 8:48
LABSLOGO SS 12,348 18-06-1991 17:02
LANDED1 PAL 768 19-07-1991 16:48
LANDED1 PIC 6,499 19-07-1991 16:48
LANDED2 PIC 3,488 19-07-1991 16:48
LANDED3 PIC 3,375 19-07-1991 16:48
LANDED4 PIC 4,617 22-07-1991 12:42
LB 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 9:18
LB 3DT 3,340 21-08-1991 9:18
LB WLD 2,159 10-10-1991 9:55
LIBYA PIC 10,583 18-06-1991 10:33
ME 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 16:06
ME 3DT 3,164 21-08-1991 16:06
ME WLD 2,146 22-08-1991 12:55
MEDALS PIC 12,359 29-07-1991 16:39
MGRAPHIC EXE 11,950 19-08-1991 15:21
MID_EAST PIC 12,258 16-08-1991 11:26
MISC EXE 689 23-05-1991 10:58
MPS_LOGO EXE 10,686 23-08-1991 12:40
NC 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 13:47
NC 3DT 3,276 21-08-1991 13:47
NC WLD 2,383 26-08-1991 12:29
NSOUND 117 625 26-06-1991 17:29
N_CAPE PIC 11,796 18-06-1991 10:33
ORDRSCRN PIC 18,421 24-08-1991 16:11
ORDRSPRT PIC 9,172 18-07-1991 14:24
PALETTES PAL 6,912 22-10-1991 11:18
PERSIAN PIC 13,791 18-06-1991 10:34
PG 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 13:51
PG 3DT 3,100 21-08-1991 13:51
PG WLD 2,786 22-08-1991 12:55
PLANES1 PIC 3,287 26-07-1991 17:41
PLANES2 PIC 2,979 26-07-1991 17:41
PLANES3 PIC 2,860 26-07-1991 17:42
PLANES4 PIC 3,112 02-08-1991 9:42
PLANES5 PIC 3,237 26-07-1991 17:42
PLAYER EXE 9,506 26-08-1991 15:53
REQUESTR PIC 2,517 21-08-1991 17:06
RESCUE PAL 768 26-07-1991 13:00
RESCUE PIC 34,463 26-07-1991 13:00
ROSTER FIL 802 25-08-1991 15:47
ROSTSCRN PIC 14,510 10-07-1991 15:19
ROSTSPRT PIC 5,205 15-07-1991 17:00
RSOUND 117 14,628 23-10-1991 12:22
RSOUND LOG 5,481 18-06-1991 17:03
SETUP EXE 8,847 25-10-1991 12:51
START EXE 47,100 22-10-1991 10:06
SWAP PAL 768 27-06-1991 12:13
SWAP PIC 2,377 27-06-1991 12:13
TASS PAL 768 14-08-1991 8:39
TASS PIC 16,878 14-08-1991 8:39
TITLE-1 PAN 12,064 25-07-1991 9:04
TITLE-2 PAN 28,176 25-07-1991 9:04
TITLE-3A PAN 114,160 25-07-1991 9:04
VIETNAM PIC 11,034 18-06-1991 10:34
VN 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 13:49
VN 3DT 3,900 21-08-1991 13:49
VN WLD 2,163 22-08-1991 17:17
WEAPONS1 PIC 4,855 12-08-1991 13:05
WEAPONS2 PIC 3,608 12-08-1991 13:05
WEAPONS3 PIC 6,235 23-08-1991 16:39
113 File(s) 1,158,526 Bytes.

 

Disk 2 of 2 (5.25" 1.2 MB DS/HD, version 473.03):

.              <DIR>            11-05-2021 21:34
.. <DIR> 06-05-2021 20:58
256LEFT PIC 5,710 28-08-1991 14:33
256PIT PIC 10,235 28-08-1991 11:55
256REAR PIC 13,792 18-04-1991 14:19
256RIGHT PIC 5,386 28-08-1991 15:16
ADV PAL 768 26-08-1991 16:09
ADV PIC 15,064 19-08-1991 14:12
CE 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 16:02
CE 3DT 3,908 21-08-1991 16:02
CE 3DX 40,033 22-08-1991 15:45
CE WLD 3,044 24-08-1991 17:33
CU 3DG 1,810 26-08-1991 12:24
CU 3DT 2,700 26-08-1991 12:24
CU 3DX 54,992 22-08-1991 15:46
CU WLD 2,278 22-08-1991 17:16
DISK-B 428 22-10-1991 11:33
DSWAP EXE 8,558 27-08-1991 2:29
KO 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 13:44
KO 3DT 2,764 21-08-1991 13:44
KO 3DX 51,636 22-08-1991 15:46
KO WLD 2,351 22-08-1991 17:17
KU 3DG 1,810 24-08-1991 15:55
KU 3DT 3,716 24-08-1991 15:55
KU 3DX 65,027 22-08-1991 15:47
KU WLD 2,558 10-10-1991 9:55
LB 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 9:18
LB 3DT 3,340 21-08-1991 9:18
LB 3DX 46,432 10-10-1991 11:36
LB WLD 2,159 10-10-1991 9:55
ME 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 16:06
ME 3DT 3,164 21-08-1991 16:06
ME 3DX 44,994 22-08-1991 15:48
ME WLD 2,146 22-08-1991 12:55
NC 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 13:47
NC 3DT 3,276 21-08-1991 13:47
NC 3DX 44,282 22-08-1991 15:48
NC WLD 2,383 26-08-1991 12:29
ORDNANCE PIC 2,366 18-07-1991 11:18
PG 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 13:51
PG 3DT 3,100 21-08-1991 13:51
PG 3DX 52,479 22-08-1991 15:48
PG WLD 2,786 22-08-1991 12:55
PHOTO 3DX 45,620 25-08-1991 14:13
SPEECH 117 26,408 23-10-1991 0:41
STFLT 3DX 48,363 18-10-1991 14:47
SWAP PAL 768 27-06-1991 12:13
SWAP PIC 2,377 27-06-1991 12:13
VGAME EXE 95,634 21-10-1991 16:45
VN 3DG 1,810 21-08-1991 13:49
VN 3DT 3,900 21-08-1991 13:49
VN 3DX 50,745 22-08-1991 15:49
VN WLD 2,163 22-08-1991 17:17
51 File(s) 800,123 Bytes.

 

Installed Directory Contents

Once installed, the following directory structure exists in the game directory:

    Directory of D:\GAMES\F117
    .            <DIR>         11-09-21   4:54p
    ..           <DIR>         11-09-21   4:54p