Carrying out acts of daring missions through the bright sunny skies is an attractively heroic concept, played out to a glorious fanfare reminiscent of Studio Ghibli’s superb flying pig movie Porco Rosso. Alas, in reality it has all the flying finesse of holding a plastic spoon full of baby food and faking plane noises to pilot it into a baby’s mouth.
The Wii remote handles like a miniplane in your hand; you dip the it, the plane dips instantaneously; you twist it, the plane twists instantaneously. Simple? Yes. Completely lacking any sense of aeronautical physics? You betcha. Compared to Pilotwings 64, where individual control-tweaking wouldn’t manifest as visible on-screen movements until your vehicle had physically adjusted itself within the air flow, this feels paper-thin.
Sometimes you’ll find yourself coasting over endless seas to deliver a box, while the soundtrack explodes in orchestral magnificence. The only threat of ocean/ground plummet-age is that you may doze off mid-flight and let the remote slip from your hand - but even then, as long as it hits the floor on its back the plane will carry on going in a perfect straight line.