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Pilotwings Resort

 

 

SCORE: 77

 

Pilotwings Resort 

 

Pilotwings Resort lets players fly around Wuhu Island in some fun little aerial craft. There are airplanes, hang gliders, and rocket packs. Those are the main three in Pilotwings Resort. A few unique craft make their appearance in Pilotwings Resort. This is not a realistic flight simulator by any means. Miis are the characters players get to play, and this island has been used in numerous Nintendo titles. The 3D depth of Pilotwings Resort is what will draw most gamers in. Getting to fly around Wuhu Island at your leisure will keep them interested - for a time.

The aircraft look great, and they animate nicely. Players can crash into things and their character will pop out a parachute or go flying up off the screen. This results in a loss of points. Since the goal is to score as high as possible it is generally discouraged. The island looks like the island from the Wii games. I enjoyed the feeling of death in Pilotwings Resort. However I found I had to have the screen angled just right or it got all squirley.

The sounds in Pilotwings Resort are classic Nintendo sounds from recent games. I recognized songs, and special sounds from recent Nintendo titles. So in a lot of ways it was rehash. The good side is these sounds are actually pretty good. I enjoy them and have enjoyed them. I did not find offensive sounds while I was playing Pilotwings Resort on the Nintendo 3DS.

I feel that Pilotwings Resort fails in one area and that is the replays and extras section. There are forty missions in Pilotwings Resort, and then fly around the island as you choose to. This game is selling for forty dollars. I feel the level of content warrants half that price as most. I purchased Pilotwings Resort used, and feel like I over paid for it.

The up, down, left, and right controls work as on would expect in Pilotwings Resort. I have always had problems with controlling aircraft in video games, and Pilotwings Resort continues that trend. I have to think about it because it operates opposite of the way I expect it to. Certain levels like falling in the squirrel suit are plain annoying. The challenges get progressively more difficult in this hand held video game. However there is a real limit to what they encompass.

Pilotwings Resort teaches some basics of flying and hang gliding. I would suggest that no one try to fly as close to the ground and buildings as Pilotwings Resort has us do. The jet pack is a fantastic fantasy vehicle. It took me some time to adapt to the strange controls of it though. Pilotwings Resort would make a great Player’s Choice entry in my opinion.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 80%
Sound: 82%
Replay/Extras: 65%
Gameplay: 79%
Family Friendly Factor: 80%
System: Nintendo 3DS
Publisher: Nintendo
ESRB Rating: 'E' -  Everyone

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