Wing Commander

• Publisher: Mastertronic/EMI
• Developer:
Creative Sparks
Release Date: 1984
Code: H.G. Joss Ellis

GFX: H.G. Joss Ellis
Music: N/A

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 32%
Our Game Rating: 49%




> WING COMMANDER by Mastertronic/Thorn EMI

• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Wing Commander is a very basic combat/flight simulator by Mastertronic (and Creative Sparks/Thorn EMI). I intentionally avoided this game years ago as it looked poor and had a bad write up in ZZAP!64 magazine. Having played it now, it's pretty poor but not as bad as expected.

The aim of the game is to defend various installations on an island from an enemy aircraft that starts its attack soon after you take off. You have limited weapons and fuel so landing or mid-air refuelling is necessary between attacks. The controls are simple and it's easy enough to get around, but it's hard to shoot down the enemy before they reach their target. The instruments are not very accurate and the enemy seems to randomly appear on the screen when in range. Getting it in your sights also prove tricky.

Overall it's not a great game or one I'd recommend, but I've played far worse.

Ooo... a message...

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I stuck it on the hardest skill level and saved the game as I progressed. I started to get a knack for how to navigate and shoot the enemy down. After approximately eight or nine successful kills the game was beaten.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: A message appears at the top of the screen which reads 'MESSAGE FROM BASE.... YOU HAVE SAVED THE ISLAND. YOUR RATING WAS AVIATOR'. The game then returns to the main menu.


  • Neil: After all that work, all you get is a few words. Well here's another two words. Crap ending. 2/10.
  • Vinny: I remember buying this to add to my collection of Mastertronic games back in the late eighties, but I knew it wouldn't be my kind of game and so I didn't bother playing it. I still haven't... What strikes you when you first see the title screen is how basic(!) the game looks, which is probably down to the fact that it was first released by Creative Sparks back in 1984! And so it appears to be a re-release...

    I quite surprised it has any kind of ending though! 2/10 from me too.
  • Andrew Fisher: Always thought it was funny when the Amiga game with the same name came along.
    This is nothing like that, basic flight "simulation" and very basic ending.
  • Brendan Phoenix: I too purchased this game but never spent too long on it (I have always hated flight sims)

    Shocked it has an ending of sorts still.

FINAL SAY: Another woeful ending. Absolutely shocking.

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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