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. 30
    Wing Island's missions -- set on serene-but-sterile-looking islands -- are often as boring as they are bizarre. Dumping water on fires? Eh, kinda fun. Delivering fruit crates to hard-to-hit drop zones? Sure. I'll try that. Bombing blah-looking rock formations? Uh, someone wake me up when we land.
  2. If you're looking to relive the glory days of Pilotwings, wait for Nintendo to rerelease Pilotwings and Pilotwings 64 on the Virtual console, or go out and find a copy of Sky Odyssey on the PS2. Either option would cost a fraction of Wing Island's price tag, and you'll have far more fun with it.
  3. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    37
    Navigating your too-large cartoon plane among clunky cliffs and bluffs is akin to playing in a world of giant Duplo bricks. [Apr 2007, p.82]
  4. 40
    Somewhere buried beneath the game's bird-brained plot and overly-complicated controls are a pile of flying missions that are reasonably engaging. There's just a whole lot of unnecessary junk to wade through.
  5. The graphics of Wing Island are anything but stellar. They look like first generation Dreamcast graphics without any hint of animation. Wing Island is a sad sad place. [JPN Import]
  6. The Wii Remote's control scheme does okay work, although the lack of configuration options damages the appeal. Even worse, the haphazard missions irritate, particularly the lame formation stages.
  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.
  8. Games Master UK
    43
    A perfectly fine control scheme wrapped in the most hideous of gaming packages. [July 2007, p.82]
  9. games(TM)
    40
    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]
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Wing Island is another visual disappointment for the Wii and without the strong foundation of game play; the graphics are even more obvious.
  13. 47
    It's overpriced and far too simple. Pass.
  14. 30
    Wing Island is classic early console fodder: something that sits on the shelf next to good games and waits for clueless customers to pick the game up before it shows up in the budget bin for more clueless customers to buy because of its price tag.
  15. The twittering is so irritating it will take all of your self-control not to purposely heave that Wiimote through your television screen to shut those fowl up for good.
  16. Wing Island is just not fun. It's close to intelligence-insulting in its attempts to pander to "all ages," it's needlessly difficult, suffers from exceptionally poor controls, sounds ridiculous, looks unexciting, and offers basically nothing for anyone.

Awards & Rankings

#99 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2007
#53 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!