The Retro Zone – Review – Pilotwings
Author: Dean & Jon (Press Start 2 Join)
Platform Reviewed: SNES
Never has slipping on a rocket belt been as much fun as the days of hovering in your Jet Pac on the Spectrum 48K. Pilotwings on the SNES showed off the innovation of the fabled Mode 7 chip allowing smooth rotation or motion sickness depending on your persuasion!
This was your chance to be king of the skies and show your prowess at piloting a light plane, parachuting onto a moving platform (if you were good), hang gliding through those lovely warm thermals and finally rocketbelting yourself through the rings, and no that’s not a euphemism.
Simply put, anyone who has ever held a SNES controller must experience the challenge posed by this game and ultimately conquer its steep learning curve. The funky soundtrack and well-created challenges gave you enough to keep coming back to try harder and harder and give you that…………………………just one more time feeling.
Now over to Jon:
I think I can honestly say this game was really rather enjoyable. I say ‘enjoyable’, perhaps I mean ‘infuriatingly addictive’. That’s not to say I didn’t like it – quite the opposite. This is the kind of game that you’ll very quickly find yourself repeatedly saying “Oh just one more go…” to your kids as they chant for the umpteenth time “Is it my go yet?”
A great time filler if you’re at a loose end and no doubt it’ll have you making various remarks (in a mock X-Factor type of voice) about successfully penetrating rings on the road to that elusive perfect score.
- Sound = 6 / 7 – Catchy tune but it will get on your nerves very quickly!
- Graphics = 8 – Impressive and detailed
- Playability = 10 – Too much to do to get bored!
- Overall = 9 – Simply great fun on your own or with mates!