posted by Damon_Albarn (AGOURA HILLS, CA) Jun 30, 2011
Member since Jun 2011
The game mechanics in the Pilotwings franchise have always been simple and I believe it's this simplicity that is what makes it such a fun series. The controls are intuitive and forgiving, managing altitude and speed are the primary factors in gameplay and everything else is pretty much left up to the player's skill. The free flight mode is well balanced with a time limit structure forcing the player to break up their free flights into quick playthroughs, later players can unlock longer time limits which extends the time the player can spend exploring Wuhu Island.
Out of the six types of vehicles I'd have to say my favorite is the hang-glider as this vehicle showcases what pilotwings does that's unique in it's genre of flight simulators. The introduce the player to an interesting mechanic where the player has no propulsion other than the transference of potential energy (altitude) into kinetic energy (speed) by climbing higher through the use of thermals, the controls are forgiving enough for this game to be considered casual but the challenges are difficult enough that the game features a lot of replayability to achieve a perfect score on all of the game's challenges.
It's definitely worth a rent especially if you're looking for interesting games to try on the 3DS. Its unique gameplay make this title something rare in the video game industry and fun to experience.