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  • Summary: Take to the skies with Wing Island, the first flight action game for the Wii. As Junior, a wide-eyed teenager with the skill to fly, soar around Shell Island taking on jobs to keep your family aviation business running. From dusting crops to more daring missions like aerial fire fighting, you'll use the Wii Remote to perform aerial acrobatics and learn to fly in formation, controlling a group of five planes at once. Engage in over 20 missions from racing and crop dusting, to fire fighting and stopping thieves from stealing treasure. Earn money to unlock and upgrade a variety of new planes. Compete against a friend in a collection of 2-player mini games. [Konami] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 32
  2. Negative: 16 out of 32
  1. While not pushing the presentation limits of the Wii, Wing Island is the perfect match for the motion control ability of that system and a great time for kids and adults.
  2. Heralded by some as a potential "Pilotwings" replacement, this is in no way as deep, clever or fun. Naff missions tackled in a vehicle not even remotely handling like a plane. [JPN Import]
  3. Your on-screen plane may capture, almost perfectly, the movements of the Wiimote in your hand, and a trio of extra moves - the speed boost, rapid brake and 180-degree turn, activated by thrusting the Wiimote, pulling it quickly back and flicking the point to the left or right - allow for a greater range of movement options, but the degree to which it accepts input is actually counter-productive, often forcing you slightly off-line when you're trying to approach something at a precise angle.
  4. As a way to get a Wii Remote into Aunt Ethel's hands, Wing Island might work, but this is a pretty dull ride for anyone with more discerning tastes.
  5. The design of the islands, which seem to have been put together with a random level generator, adds to the sensation that Wing Island is more of a tech demo than a carefully planned game. [Apr 2007, p.119]
  6. 40
    Most of the missions are dull and repetitive, involving menial tasks like delivering cargo or flying around and popping balloons. The environments try hard to look nice and give off a "come explore me" vibe, but they're just too darned bland to generate any real interest.
  7. If you love video games or planes, stay away. This is the perfect present to tell your loved one or offspring that you don't love them anymore.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. ToddMcGonagle
    Mar 23, 2008
    8
    Not bad for a game where an adult and a kid can play together or take turns on "missions". It will frustrate you if you think it is a flight simulator. It is not. You use the Wii remote aim the planes. This game is good family entertainment. And it is on that level that I give it a fairly high mark.

    Anyone who plays a lot of high end video games will not find this one very challenging or entertaining.
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  2. DanielG.
    Nov 29, 2007
    7
    A little short, but the game is fun once you understand that you need to be gentle with the wiimote. I feel the game has been very hard done by in the reviews I have seen, fixating on why chickens are flying planes (who cares - it's on a Nintendo platform what did you expect?). The graphics aren't as bad as people make out, jast lacking in that bit of extra detail you might expect. If you can get this cheap then I would recommend it. Expand
  3. PhillipV.
    May 27, 2007
    3
    AHHH! My eyes! This game is so bad it's burning my eyes!