Version 4.33 update 5 was released in March 2018.
Falcon BMS is one of the best serious flight simulators, period. It's the best military flight simulator that runs on linux. The latest version comes with a 250 page manual and an additional 150 page training manual - if you want an arcade game, look elsewhere. BMS is a realistic fighter jet simulation within a war simulation. War scenarios An active user community has continually improved the game, and added new war scenarios features, for 20 years since the original 1998 release! Visit benchmarksims.org for information and free game downloads.
A linux installer for a free version of Falcon 4, Free Falcon 5.5, is here:
Unpack the tar file at the link above and navigate to SAT/DOC/ to find a download link of a linux installer fro BMS 4.33 and two add-on theaters. Note that you will need to purchase the original Falcon 4 in order to use the BMS 4.33 installer.
What does not
What was not tested
Not applicable - all basic functionality was tested.
Runs well on cheap hardware.
Reasonable framerate obtained on Intel Core i5-5300U laptop with Intel integrated graphics, 5 year old i7 desktop with Nvidea Geforce GT630
Joystick helpful, but can play with just a regular keyboard with numeric keypad and a wheel mouse.
To install and run BMS on Ubuntu linux, follow these steps:
1. if you don't have linux, download the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS ISO and load it on to a memory stick such that the ISO is bootable
2. find an old PC or laptop you don't need anymore, then boot from the
memory stick to install linux on it. (Ubuntu 20.04 is a modern
operating system with a macOS look and feel.) All this takes about 20
minutes. There's no need to reboot multiple times as with a Microsoft
3. download BMS 4.33 U1,2,3,4,5 into your Downloads directory
4. make sure you have the right graphics card device drivers, e.g. open a terminal and type:
sudo ubuntu-drivers autoinstall
5. Install the windows emulation package:
sudo apt install wine-stable
6. put your Falcon 4 CD in the disk drive
7. cd to the CD directory and run
click through the Falcon 4 setup screens just as you would with a Microsoft Windows installation
8. unzip BMS 4.33 U1 to your .wine directory
unzip Falcon_BMS_4.33_U1_Setup.zip -d ~/.wine/dosdevices/c:
cd to ~/.wine/drive_c/Falcon BMS 4.33 U1 Setup, then run
click through the install screens as with a Microsoft Windows install
10. Go back to your downloads folder and run each update, e.g.
and so forth. Click through the install screens just as you would in Microsoft Windows.
11. bring up the windows emulation configuration dialog via the command
Then select the Graphics tab and check "Emulate a virtual desktop". (I
suggest setting the desktop size to the maximum resolution of your
monitor and leaving it there, although it may be that the graphics
setting within the BMS setup dialog overrides this.) Exit by selecting
12. right-click on the BMS launcher icon on your desktop; select
"Properties" at the bottom of the menu that pops up. Locate the Command
text box, scroll to the end of the string that begins with "env
WINEPREFIX= ..." and add "-window". This is the BMS command line option
that causes BMS to appear in a window rather than full screen. If you
want to start ACMI automatically every time you enter the BMS 3D world,
add the command line option "-acmi" as well.
13. set your monitor to its maximum resolution in the ubuntu settings/Devices/Displays screen.
14. Click on the BMS launcher icon on the desktop to run BMS
15. (optional) If you want to increase your frame rate, reduce your
resolution in the BMS Setup screen Graphics view. Then exit BMS and set
your monitor to the same low resolution in the ubuntu
settings/Devices/Displays screen. (Set BMS resolution first, monitor
resolution 2nd so the BMS setup graphics screen "Apply" and "OK" button
remain visible.) When you set both BMS setup and ubuntu
settings/Devices/Display to a low resolution, you can play BMS in full
Steps 11 and 12 prevent a situation in which BMS runs, but fails to
render on the screen when you get into the game. Also, taking these two
steps causes BMS to run on one monitor in a multi-monitor system,
rather than straddling the game display across two monitors.
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Current||Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal" (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 07 2018||5.0.3||Yes||Yes||No||Platinum||Marc Cantelon|