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       sopwith - classic aerial combat shoot em up game


       sopwith  [  -n | -s | -c | -l | -j host ] [-glevel] [-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 SDL library 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.


       As of version 1.7.3, audio is now DISABLED by default.   Audio  can  be
       enabled  using  the  -p flag (see below).  Once you're in the game, you
       will also have to use the S key to turn on sound effects.


       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

       Z      launch flare (if missiles are enabled)

       X      fire missile (if missiles are enabled)

       S      turn on sound effects

       Ctrl+C quit

       Ctrl+C Ctrl+C Ctrl+C
              quit immediately


       -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

              Start the game on the indicated difficulty level.  For instance,
              use -g2 to start the game on level 2.  The default is level 0.

       -f     Start in full screen mode if possible.

       -2     Double-size the display window

       -x     Enable missiles

       -q     Disable audio, the default behavior

       -p     Enable audio

       -e     Turn off intense explosions


       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.