48k Disk £9.95
48k Cassette £7.95
Let's do this review back to front for a change,
shall we? I'm going to start off by saying 'Buy this game now'. If
you don't, you're going to miss out on the fastest, meanest shoot-em-up
on the Atari since the brilliant Dropzone.
An initial glimpse of the ace loading screen (disk version), left me
with the feeling that this game was going to be something special. I
wasn't to be disappointed. SCREAMING WINGS is almost identical to
the arcade game '1942' and puts you at the controls of a Lockheed
Lightning fighter plane in the battle-scarred South Pacific during
World War II.
The screen view looks down on the action from above, with continuous
vertical scrolling in the same manner as Xevious, Flak and other
such games. Press 'Start' and you are catapulted from the deck of
your fleet aircraft carrier straight into the thick of the action.
The Japs will hit you with everything they can, including kamikaze
Zero fighters which home in on you like heat-seeking missiles! Throw
yourself into a 'loop-the-loop' to avoid them.
Collect the 'X' explosions for extra firepower and the 'D'
explosions for a special 'destruction' bomb which destroys
everything in sight. An escort aircraft appears at random intervals.
It flies in front of you for a limited period and acts as a shield,
making your plane invulnerable to enemy firepower. If you make it
back to your carrier, there's barely time
to pause for breath before being catapulted out again to face the
next wave of Zeros!
Everything about this game merits praise. It has
great graphics, realistic sound effects, and riveting background
music which can be turned off if it disturbs your concentration.
Anyway, why am I wasting my time here when there's a war waiting to
be won? Those darn Nips never give up, do they? Bandits at 12