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SummarySopwith-Deluxe heads for the Pacific.
The GoodDo you remember that classic title called Sopwith? It was a very simple game but with great gameplay. Well, The Wings of Fury is a lot like Sopwith. You are the pilot of an American F6F Hellcat plane during WW II and your goal is to defeat the Japanese by destroying all enemy structures on a series of islands. Also you'll have to sink enemy ships.
The game is a lot of fun to play (at least the first hours, see below). You take off from an aircraft carrier and you use four types of weapons to battle the enemy. The game is an action game with some minor simulation aspects. I enjoyed taking out enemy fighter planes and flying low to mow down enemy troops with my machine guns. And when I had taken a lot of damage I used to crash my plane into enemy bunkers. The plane is very easy to control and responds well to your commands, I had no difficulty whatsoever with taking off or landing on my carrier for a refuel and a reload (see below if you have problems with this). Moreover the PC version of this game has a save game option, which allows you to save your campaign whenever you are on your aircraft carrier.
- Gameplay is very repetitive. Level design has somewhat the following formula: Level 6 = Level 5 + an extra island or ship. At a certain point in the game you are familiar with all the different types of enemies. The scenery doesn't change either.
- The game has no decent ending. When you' ve reached the Captain level you just keep getting new missions. Personally I hate this, I expect to be rewarded for finishing a game.
- Audio is rather minimal.
- No two-player mode available. I know it is an old game so you can't expect multiplayer options, but a two-player (splitscreen) mode would have been great.