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sopwith(6)                                                sopwith(6)

       sopwith - classic aerial combat shoot em up game

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

       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  connec‐

       -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  mis‐
       siles. This version of sopwith is based on the source for the
       Authors Edition.

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