Title Wings of Fury Game Type Shoot-em-up Publisher Domark/Broderbund, 1988 Players 1 HD Installable No Compatibility A500 etc (AGA Degraded) Submission Mike West Review This game is one of those lesser known gems that you come across from time to time. I actually discovered it several years ago and still enjoy a blast on it to this day. You simply have to take off from an aircraft carrier, fly to your target and attack. The view of the game is side-on and the plane that you fly is an American US Navy Hellcat. A selection of three types of weapon presents itself, and dependant on the type of target, you may carry either 30 bombs, 15 missiles or a torpedo. This is in addition to your machine-guns. Weapon selected, you take off from the carrier and fly to your target. At the beginning you also have a selection of rank, the higher you choose the harder the missions become. The earlier missions entail bombing runs on enemy islands as they try desperately to shoot you down with their anti-aircraft guns. The trick really is to knockout the guns but shoot or bomb any troops running around before they run back to them or else they simply re-man them and carry on shooting. When I first played this I found it impossibly hard to land on the aircraft carrier after a raid. However, once you've got the technique it really is very easy. The handling of the plane is also in my opinion, unique amongst this style of game on the Amiga. I'm not sure how they did it, but when you try to fly from the carrier you really do feel like you are pulling up on the joystick to stay in flight. This feature will have you cursing when you first play but I promise you will appreciate it more as you become more adept at the controls. Later missions entail sinking battle cruisers and dogfighting with the enemy planes which seem to stick to you like glue. For an old game (1988), I like the graphical style of this game. It's been clearly drawn and the large grey battleships looming into view reflect the 1944 wartime mood of the game. The music at the intro is also clearly identifiable as an American naval style theme, in fact as I type this the tune keeps playing in my head! I have spent many hours playing this game over the years and the fault that some may find is that the missions may feel a little repetitive. That aside, flying low over palm trees ( without crashing!), approaching the sound of guns and then blowing everything in sight to pieces does have a kind of satisfaction. Some may prefer the fly high - be safe strategy. Flying toward the top of the screen actually pans the view right out to make the hellcat a small blip in the sky. Bombing then becomes impossibly difficult but fulfilling if you do actually hit something. I also like the way thick black smoke trails from the plane if you take hits and the little cockpit display on the screen shows the oil pressure dropping. Fly back to your carrier and repairs, refuelling and rearming all take place ready for your next run. On the subject of the carrier, checkout the arrester hook landing style, the little men directing you for landing and takeoff and the sound of the giant lift as you are taken below deck for repairs. This game is an early classic and I was chuffed to bits when I found a copy. If you come across it, buy it because if you don't, your mate will and you'll be looking over his shoulder.