Ever longed for the days, when men were men and air planes were bi-planes? Well, check out Wings 2 by Namco. This one-player, SNES combat flight simulation game takes place over the war-torn skies of Europe during World War I. As commander of a squadron of five Allied fliers, your objective is simple: successfully complete combat missions and get all five pilots through the war alive!
When you're ready to take to the air, you choose one of the five fliers and hop into the cockpit of an authentic World War I bi-plane, where you'll fly one of three different types of missions: Dog- fighting, Bombing, and Strafing. Your perspective on the action is from behind the plane. During the early missions, you'll find your squad young and unseasoned. Consequently, you'll have some difficulty controlling your planes. As the game progresses and the crew seasons underfire, you'll earn energy for successfully completed missions. You can use this power to improve the skill of your fliers.
In the Dogfighting missions you take to the skies against one or more enemy planes. The name of the game is survival of the fittest. Whoever stays aloft gets to fly home.
There's nothing like aerial combat, except when your opponents are cheating -- a problem in Wings 2. Some of the enemy aircraft pull off highly unlikely aerial antics that would be impossible for a jet fighter, never mind a World War I era bi-plane.
- When you get behind an enemy plane, cut back on the throttle or you might slam into your foe!
- The color of an enemy plane indicates the skill of the pilot. There are seven colors: light blue (easiest), dark blue, green, dark red, gray, black, and bright red (hardest).
Bombing Missions send you out to strike enemy ground targets. Before each run, you study a reconnaissance photo of your target. Once you home in on your target, you'll face devastating enemy anti-aircraft fire that threatens to obliterate you at any second. Go for cheap thrills on highly dangerous Strafing missions where you soar along the ground and blast low-lying ground targets.
- Stay as high as possible on Bombing missions. It's harder to bomb targets from higher altitudes, but you'll be safer from anti-aircraft fire.
- The only way to take out the AA guns is with well-placed bombs.
- Watch your plane's shadow on the ground to judge your altitude during a Strafing run.
Bombing and Strafing may get your adrenaline pumping, but nothing beats the nail-biting fun of a midair Dogfight. Fortunately, in this game you'll fly about two Dogfighting missions for each Bombing or Strafing run.
If you crash and bum during a mission, reset the Super NES and enter the last password you received. Who wants to lose a prima pilot?
Graphics and Sounds Up in the Air
Wings 2 has some intense graphics, including Mode 7 scaling and rotation effects throughout, and authentically detailed bi-planes. The graphics downside is a lack of variety, particularly in the landscape of the Dogfight sequences. The music's cool, with stirring drum and trumpet themes. Unfortunately, it tends to drown out the game's other sound effects, making it tough to hear the speed of your plane and adjust your throttle during combat.
Earn Your Wings
Although Wings 2: Aces High is more of an arcade-style fighter than an authentic flight simulator, it could be some pilots' dream come true. Even though the flight missions are hampered by repetitive graphics, the game soars with the Super NES' power graphics and sound hardware. On a wing and a prayer, it may be just the lift you're looking for.
Download Wings 2
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
- Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed
- Manufacturer: Namco
- Machine: Super NES
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Available: Fall '92
- Theme: Simulator
Three jokers do not beat an ace!
June 28, 1914. Arch Duke Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo. This atrocity led to the declaration of war between the Triple Alliance of Great Britain, France, Russia and the Triple Entente of Germany, Italy and Austria-Hungary. The war lasted for four long years. Born during these years was an elite breed of airplane pilots, the Aces.
Wings 2 - Aces High puts you back in time to fly with one of the most potent flying forces of the war. You are in command of a squadron of five recruit pilots. Prepare to successfully pass all of your recruits through flight school to earn them their wings. Thus, the fun begins. You must power-up your pilot until he becomes the elite, the Ace. To do this, he must fly actual combat missions and complete them success-fully. The R.A.F depends on you!