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      04.04.2009 22:54
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      "Wings of Fury" is a video game released to the Gameboy Color console in 1999 by Red Orb Entertainment. It is a "port" of an earlier Apple computer combat flight simulation. The game received an age rating of "E" by the ESRB panel in the United States which deemed it suitable for all ages.

      The story revolves around the player piloting an aircraft to eliminate the Japanese presence in the Pacific region during the second World War. Gameplay is that of a standard side-scrolling action title. The player pilots the aircraft using the arrow keys in attempts of destroying enemy aircraft or targets on ground with use of an on-craft machine gun or through optional bombs and missiles. In between missions it is necessary to land the aircraft for refueling and repairs, and this is regarded as a "game" in itself as there is a very fine art to it. The player must continually tap the down button to release the landing wheels and then gently guide it on to the landing strip. If the player flies too far past the landing area then he or she must reverse the plane and re attempt the process. The game itself is generally easy to play due to its primitive style, but the landing process would likely require extended time in "mastering" it.

      Visually, Wings of Fury does not present much to brag about. As the game was originally developed in the late 1980s there is a higher sense of "blockiness" throughout. Colouring itself is acceptable and makes good use of the available technology to the Gameboy Color system. The audio, much like graphics, is minimalistic in approach which isn't necessarily a bad thing. There are no musical implements during actual gameplay. The player will hear a constant "buzzing" sound to signal the aircraft engine and various "pop" effects accompanying the aircraft arsenal.

      For fans of the original computer title, Wings of Fury would likely satisfy any urge to reacquire the game as it retains much of its charm throughout and is said not to make many improvements over the original title. I personally did not find it to be something which would appeal to me.

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