|Before I even begin this review I'd like to explain my overall
rating of 9/10. You see Warbirds is a WWI "dog fight"
simulator. You know, the Red Baron and such. I gave this game a 9
because I'm *not* a fan of the genre. But this game is *so* good,
it simply won me over. Still, I can't give it a 10 because there's
always a piece of me that says "flight sims are boring".
Wether that's true, or not, in your book is a different matter.
Now...Warbirds is the first, and only game I've come accross
that can categorized as "too good for it's own system".
This sim is so good on so many levels it's really a shame that
only Lynx owners, like myself, got to play this gem. It's *that*
GRAPHICS: Absolutely amazing. The Lynx shows it's true
potential from the start screen to the final battle. Everything is
clear and sharp. The clouds scale and warp, just like real ones.
You can look in all four directions (forward, left, right, rear),
and every view shows your plane in proper scale. Even the
animation sequence showing your plane landing and taking off is
done beautifully. The graphics only slip when you come in very
close contact with other planes. They tend to look *very*
pixilated. But remember that your playing on a portable system my
SOUNDS: The Lynx's stereo sounds shines. The sound of your
machine gun "rat-tat-tat" and the hum of your engine
only add the experience. The opening theme is cliche "Up, Up,
and Away!!" stuff. But you only hear it during the opening so
it's tolerable. ***1/2
CONTROL: Tons of it. You can two modes, arcade and simulator.
In arcade mode your plane controls are tight and very responsive.
In sim, your controls are much more finicky. Just like a real
plane. You can also shut off your engine to achieve some *sweet*
suicide dives. And there's no rail-system or anything else to
restrict you. You fly where you wanna fly. ****
OPTIONS: More options than any portable flight game around. As
I mentioned, you can choose between arcade and simulator flight
control. You can choose difficulty, amount of ammo, even the
number of enemy planes you take on. *****
Great graphics. Tons of options. Unbeatable gameplay. Even a
guest appearance by the Red Baron. Warbirds had everything going
for it. Everything but the system it landed on. No doubt the
Gameboy could *never* pull a game like this off, but if it did, it
would have been legendary. As it is, Warbirds will have to remain
a hidden treasure among a proud few. :(