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Wings of Death is a vertically scrolling shoot'em'up with a fantasy setting. You start out as a small insect, flying through a deranged castle filled with hostile animals and monsters.

The upgrade system is rich, and differs somewhat from genre conventions. As you upgrade, your insect turns into a more powerful bat or a mighty dragon. Shooting enemies reveals the various upgrades, and picking up several upgrades of the same kind upgrades that particular weapon level after level. Enemies may also release anti-powerups, marked by a skull. These will downgrade your weapon or draw your energy level.

After fighting the end boss of the castle, a three-headed dragon, you move onto a jungle, a swamp and further... That is, if you survive. Wings of Death has an unparalleled number of bullets and enemy objects on-screen for its time and platform, the maximum number being reported as 95. Coded by former demo programmers, the game also runs in full 50 or 60 Hz scrolling while playing digitised music even on an Atari ST, thanks to inventive hardware tricks used in few other commercial games. It also utilises the extra colour palettes of the Atari STe.


Wings of Death Atari ST Main menu
Wings of Death Atari ST Knock knock!
Wings of Death Atari ST Dragon fire!
Wings of Death Atari ST Beautiful loading screen

Promo Images

Wings of Death Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Wings of War" -- Working Title
  • "Spellbinder" -- Working Title

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Critic Reviews

Pixel-Heroes.de Oct, 2004 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1990 10.2 out of 12 85
ST Format Nov, 1990 81 out of 100 81
Power Play Oct, 1990 77 out of 100 77


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The game was remade for Windows as Blazing Wings.


  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #7 Best Shoot-'em-Up Game in 1990 (Atari ST)

Игги Друге (46309) added Wings of Death (Atari ST) on Nov 14, 2006
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