It’s always the
quiet, unassuming ones you’ve gotta watch out for...
Pilotwings makes a long overdue return – save for a nod in
Wii Sports Resort. Yay! We last saw it on N64, but it’s shed
some IQ points since then – or a heftyesque chunk of content at
What’s left is a flight-based game that lets you loose with a light
plane, a hang glider or the geek’s choice, a ‘rocket belt’ (think
jetpack – na-hey!).
Action takes place at Homer Simpson’s fave resort, Wuhu Island – and
we probably should win something cheesy for being approximately the
1,000th to try that pissy gag on. Sorry. Yep, it’s the venue of that
aforementioned Wii Sports Resort, and if you’ve played that
to death you’ll know every micron of the joint. But it has a new ace
up its sleeve – assuming that an island can actually don a shirt -
If you’re looking for something to show off your exxy new kit then
bingo. But whilst it’s ace demo material, old school Pilotwings
fans may be a bit nose-out-of-jointy at the content. Yeah, there are
only three flying machines, however there are five levels each
packed with varying challenges, the ramping difficulty of which is
well-measured. You’ll start just having to not stack, and progress
to hitting targets, emulating aerobatic feats, shooting stuff both
with bullets and a camera and heaps more.
There’s actually depth that’s not necessarily super-obvious – plus
mastering that fucking hang glider. Sure, you can bumble through
each challenge and nab a star or two, but honing skills to get three
stars – then extra bonus points if you manage perfection - is gonna
take time and skills. But we already mentioned skills.
It may look modest, but Pilotwings Resort is kinda the gaming
equivalent of Dexter Morgan...