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