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Dogfight sim with atmosphere EboMike (3156) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
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Category Description User Score
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Critic Reviews

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CU Amiga (Oct, 1990)
Wings is a brilliant game. It's both atmospheric and easy to get into. It comes with Cinemaware's usual brilliant presentation and can hardly be faulted. At the moment it's one megabyte only, although Mirrorsoft claim there will be a version for unexpanded machines coming along. Let's hope it happens soon. It would be a shame for anyone to miss out on such an excellent game.
The game starts off quite easy, but with over 230 missions to fly Wings is going to keep even ace pilots entertained for many a happy hour.
Your Amiga (Nov, 1990)
A refreshing change to the go faster scene of today and one that will educate as you blast.
Wings is a brilliant game. It's got atmosphere, it's got action, and it's got lots of style. Although the retail price of $79.95 is not cheap, I'm happy to recommend it as top value for your gaming dollar.
The One (Oct, 1990)
The only real problem is the seemingly endless disk swapping required if you don't possess a second drive. Still, for a more authentic experience of life in World War One you'd be hard pushed to top this.
Wings is the first of a flurry of First World War flight simulations on the brink of release. Whether any of the rest can come up to these high standards I doubt very much. By the way, make sure you get hold of the right version for your machine. The only difference in the half meg version is the omission of part of the intro, so no-one misses out. Make sure you don't miss out. Get a copy now!
Commodore i Amiga (Mar, 1992)
Walory graficzne i dźwiękowe oraz szybko się zmieniające sytuacje pozwalają zaliczyć "Wings" do gier naprawdę udanych, do gier, które z czystym sumieniem mogę polecić Czytelnikom.
Zero (Jan, 1991)
[512K version] The game is unchanged and still divides opinion in the ZERO offices. The dogfight sequences are slick and exciting while the bombing/strafing sequences are quite fun. However, what about the bits in between? Do the Squadron log and endless interviews with Colonel Farrah add atmosphere or just an irritating break in the flow of the game? The jury is still out. What does break up the flow of the game is the hassle factor. As with the 1 meg version, the 512K game comes on two disks which have to be continually swapped often at the most irritating time.
Zero (Nov, 1990)
Suddenly the First World War is becoming almost fashionable. Hard to imagine how spending four years up to your neck in mud, slogging it out with an equally tired, cold and frightened enemy could ever be regarded as fashionable. Then again some people go to Ibiza on holiday. Whatever the reason there are more than a couple of games set in the killing years of 1914/18 in the offing.
Compute! (Feb, 1991)
As you get farther along in the game, the action gets faster, and the graphics don't slow down things at all. The music in Wings is inspiring and lively. Familiar military marches play during the mission summaries journal entries, and other interim sequences. The sound effects are excellent, as you would expect in a game of Wings' caliber. Overall, Wings gets my vote of confidence. It takes a theme that has been beaten to death and creates something entirely new with it. The included Aviator's Briefing Manual gives a very well-written summary of aerial combat in World War I, as well as combat techniques, famous pilot biographies, plane data and interesting stories. It's well worth the time it takes to read this booklet. I didn't think that Cinemaware could surpass It Came from the Desert until I played Wings. It's certainly the most unique combat simulator involving aerial combat-and a must-have for all aviation buffs.
And there we are again with the glorification of war. It's clearly present in Wings and it's indeed a major factor of the overall experience. Regardless of what the Cinemaware employees might have thought of it personally and regardless of what I may believe, it is, keeping with the company motto, simply a nostalgic reference to the early days of Hollywood in this regard. Gameplay-wise, it is without a doubt one of the most mature, consistent and overall complete products of the company!
Auch wenn die Simulationsqualitäten von Wings nicht an die vergleichbarer Spiele heranreichen, ohne die nötigen Flugkünste hat man sich auch hier sehr schnell ein ehrenvolles Begräbnis verdient! Bei den Luftduellen sitzt man quasi direkt hinter dem Piloten, bei der Bombardierung von Bodenzielen ist der eigene Flieger dagegen aus der Vogelperspektive zu sehen. Die Handhabung ist ein Kinderspiel, Grafik und Sound sind, wie nicht anders zu erwarten, erstklassig. Für „harte“ Simulations-Freaks weniger empfehlenswert, aber für Actionfreunde ein Muß!
Zzap! (Nov, 1990)
Not for you the slime and ignominy of the trenches, ratburgers for tea and mustard gas for cologne. Nope, you're an Allied fighter pilot, a glamour puss outfitted with a silk scarf and designer leather jacket. Your life expectancy may not be more than a few days, but you look good and that's all that matters.
For all its shortcomings, Wings is fun to play and fairly varied. If you want a flying game (and not a flight sim) where you can see the white of the enemies' eyes, then Wings is for you.
Wings offers little new in the way of play action. The bombing, strafing and dogfight scenarios are enhanced treatments of contests that have existed since the dawn of electronic gaming. What makes Wings an entertaining play experience is the way these familiar elements are woven into an engrossing, role-playing action-adventure.
Amiga Format (Nov, 1990)
Despite the disk swapping, Wings has that seat-of-the-pants feel. Bombing and strafing are fun, but the dogfighting makes the game. Here you struggle for ills while risking mechanical failure and instant death. Favourite flyboys can be scrubbed from the roster for one mistake, making it edge-of-the-seat stuff all the way. Still, if you lose your current hero, there's always plenty of volunteers on the home front eager to replace him!
Power Play (Nov, 1990)
Cinemaware ist wieder da. Nach dem Sportspektakel "TV-Sports Basketball" und dem Insektendrama "It came from the Desert" gehen die Programmierer von Cinemaware mit "Wings" in die Luft. Ihr spielt in Wings einen amerikanischen Piloten im ersten Weltkrieg. Anno 1916 ist die Fliegerwelt noch in Ordnung und wird von ritterlichen Tugenden geführt. Treffen sich feindliche Piloten am Himmel, winkt man sich erst freundlich zu und bringt sich dann um. Das gegenseitige Abmurksen am Himmel wird nicht durch elektronischen Firlefanz beeinträchtigt: Kein Radar, keine Lenkraketen und keine modernen Abwehrsysteme stören das klassiche Duell am französischen Himmel.
Amiga Joker (Sep, 1990)
Die Grafik ist, wie von Cinemaware nicht anders zu erwarten, traumhaft schön. Während des Flugs gibt es dahinziehende Wolken, idyllische Täler und etliches mehr zu bewundern. Die farbenprächtigen und klar gezeichneten Sprites sind riesig, allein der Pilot und sein Cockpit füllen mehr als die Hälfte des Screens aus. Soundmäßig wird man durch eine ganze Symphonie von gesampelten Geräusche auch akustisch voll in das Geschehen miteinbezogen. Nur kommt auf Dauer die Abwechslung etwas zu kurz, besonders, wenn man erstmal den Bogen raus hat. Ein Testspielchen sollte sich der begeisterte Computer-Pilot dennoch nicht entgehen lassen!
The first "accurate" World War I flight simulation, this was more of a cinematic treatment of aerial combat than a historically correct gestalt. However, it is fun to play—perhaps falling somewhere between "cotton candy" and "beer and pretzels." One of the Amiga products that this reviewer misses on the PC-machines.
Cinemaware stellt ihr neues Game als Mischung von interaktivem Movie und Flugsimulator vor und nennt das Ganze den ersten „Personal Combat Simulator“. Genau dieser Mix macht das Spiel aber zu einem Produkt, das man als ‘weder Fisch noch Fleisch‘ bezeichnen muß. Es besitzt weder die Spannung von It came noch die technische Brillanz eines Flugsimulators wie beispielsweise F-19 Stealth Fighter.
It would probably be a mistake to judge Wings in the same category as other, more serious combat/flight simulations such as Lucasfilm's triumphant Their Finest Hour. Wings has a unique look and feel to it which makes it an exciting, novel and addicting offering from Cinemaware and well worth checking out.

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