Wing Island Wii

Metascore
47

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 32
  2. Negative: 16 out of 32
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  1. Essentially Wing Island has so much charm and potential you can't help but want it to be great, but it will only hold any true appeal to youngsters, or the rare breed of gamer who doesn't want any real challenge.
  2. The game's lack of content is the big killer here, but it's still crazy fun to explore what's there.
  3. The game had so much potential, but the execution simply never occurred.
  4. 50
    This is a game whose graphics and presentation as a whole could have been executed, and much better, as a first-generation GameCube or PlayStation 2 effort, and we expect much, much more from developers on Wii.
  5. Though the premise isn’t all that bad, poor execution and terrible controls keep Wing Island from taking flight.
  6. 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.
  7. 60
    Wing Island is not going to replace Pilotwings anytime soon however, if you are looking for a quirky arcade flying game with short spurts of unadulterated fun, then you will be satisfied.
  8. 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]
  9. Nintendo Power
    55
    It's too bad, really, because the core gameplay is quite fun and uses the Wii hardware in some interesting new ways. [May 2007, p.85]
  10. Wing Island is one game that truly misses a level of immersion better visuals could provide.
  11. To be clear, I have no problem with non-violent flight games. In fact, I loved both Pilotwings games in their day. But Wing Island went down a dark path somewhere in development and somehow killed any potential for fun along the way.
  12. It can definitely be appealing but imprecise controls, lack of missions and mission variety, and extremely short length (only three levels) detract from the game's otherwise enjoyable experience.
  13. If you were expecting a new Pilotwings for the Wii, you’re just going to have to wait.
  14. If you enjoy the simple things in life, Wing Island just may be your perfect getaway. The controls are tight and simple, the level design isn’t complex, and the premise is a simple “get from point A to B” in as little time as possible. The game isn’t terribly long either; so don’t expect this visit to Wing Island to be an extended one.
  15. The motion-controls certainly deserve praise, but its assorted shortcomings stifle the game’s good qualities. Lackluster, repetitive missions and a horrid ranking system prevent Wing Island from being more than a short-lived diversion for your kids.

Awards & Rankings

#100 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#30 Most Shared Wii Game of 2007
User Score
4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User 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 flightNot 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 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. Full Review »
  3. PhillipV.
    May 27, 2007
    3
    AHHH! My eyes! This game is so bad it's burning my eyes!