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  • Summary: It was the age of aircraft. Due to the necessity of travel between the great many islands of the South Sea, aircrafts were the main choice of transportation. Some flew for adventure...Some flew for wealth...For whatever the reason many took to the air. And there were those that used aircraft to prey upon them...The government had to put a stop to these evil pirates. They selected the world's top pilots and set up the Air Patrol Association (A.P.A) in hopes of making the skies safe once again.Innovative combat system - beginning players can use AI COMBAT where the system will help lock on and fly the various planes or experienced players can use the MANUAL COMBAT where they control all the action. Use the Touch Screen to control your plane, lock-on to various enemies or plan your flight path. [Natsume] Expand
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  2. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. Natsume's attempt to marry the air combat and role-playing genres often feels underdeveloped and unpolished.
  2. Still, Freedom Wings has its fun moments, and it's just quirky enough to keep you wondering what lies around the next bend. [Sep 2006, p.84]
  3. The manual flight controls are overly sensitive and take serious getting used to, forcing you to rely on autopilot. [Aug 2006, p.92]
  4. It's a good flight simulator for the DS, but it feels incomplete and lacks difficulty.
  5. 40
    As neat as the touch-screen controls are, they don't take attention away from the rest of Freedom Wings' faults. The whole thing feels like a 1990's shareware PC game; it loves to dole out its action in small chunks.
  6. The Manual Mode is so madly uncontrollable that it isn't an option, making the only real option clicking on Auto and going off to make a cup of tea. [Nov 2006, p.77]
  7. 30
    The controls are horribly touchy to the point that the only way to succeed in the game is to let the computer do all the work. And that, pretty much, goes against the very definition of a “game.”
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 2
  1. RG
    Sep 26, 2006
    10
    The wait is over, the first real flight simulator for the Gameboy platform has been released! With a price of around $20 at most retailers this is a title you should pick up to relax your nerves and tear up some evil pirates. I have played this title for a little over a dozen hours now and I can't wait to start playing again. I enjoy putting the entire simulator on auto and watching the planes dog fight each other. This title reminds me of Electroplankton's "Audience Mode" where you let the DS entertain you. Of course, you can take total control over the sim at any time. The flight controls all work intuitively off the DS game pad and should pose little challenge to the average gamer. The physics in this game are very impressive when considering the limitations of the DS platform: CPU, RAM and limited space to store simulator data on the game card. I will give no spoilers, half the fun is learning from the in game tutorial and taking off into the cloud filled scenery. Yes, this game actually implements flying through clouds. Pros: 1) Automatic control let's you watch the air battles like they were a movie. 2) Completely customizeable airframe: turbos, oil coolers, different wing types, weight reduction and more as you gain experience in the form of levels. 3) Statistic rich format keep you involved in the game. 4) Graphics actually are quite good for a dual screen realtime air battle simulator on a mobile platform with limited memory capabilities! Cons: 1) If you never liked flying, this title may not be for you. 2) If you do not like having to figure out the right upgrade to make an RPG character work, this title may not be for you. 3) If you are looking for a playable map (only about the size of the state of Texas) larger than the continental US, this title may not be for you. Expand
  2. DrewF.
    Oct 11, 2006
    2
    I was actually one of the 3 people who was actually anticipating this game. When you read a description of it (flightsim/RPG), you're just SO intrigued by the possibilities. Sadly, the game is completely unplayable in manual mode. Completely. The only way to be able to successfully 'fly' is to switch on the autopilot and just point at enemies for the computer to shoot down. Not fun AT all. Avoid like the plague. Collapse