"Released alongside the N64, Pilotwings 64 delivered a sense of scale and open-world exploration that easily rivalled that of Super Mario 64. While it may not have been as revolutionary, it arguably did a better job of showcasing one of the N64's major unique selling points: the analog joystick, which provides a level of precision that feels tight and responsive even to this day."
User Reviews (9)
"+I have not played a better game of its type +variety of creative challenges including body cannon +huge levels to explore +United States has plenty of famous landmarks +relaxing soundtrack -frustrating to get perfect scores, particularly with photos -characters look janky -no action stages unlike first game -no collectibles to reward exploration unlike Pilotwings Resort -limited photo reel -no high score comparison with friends"
"The openness that Pilotwings 64 provides to those willing to explore every nook and cranny is unique for a flight-simulation game. But that's what sets it apart, alongside some creative, challenging and wacky challenges to partake in utilizing all kinds of vehicles from missile-shooting helicopters to hangliders to bird wings. Pilotwings is a fantastic game that invites exploration and experimentation for players to enjoy!"
"From a calming glide through thermal currents, to blasting rockets into a giant humanoid robot, this game nails many great experiences in one package. A simple concept executed well, Pilotwings' depth relies heavily on perfecting subtle manoeuvres with a great variety of aircraft. Perhaps because there has been little to challenge it since, this often overlooked title is a gem to play, even today."
"Pilotwings did two things for me: on one hand, it challenged me to achieve the medals in the game, feeding the hardcore gamer in me; while on the other, it also offered a chance to relax while freely handgliding across the United States, all while enjoying the easy-listening soundtrack. It offered the thrill and freedom of flight for those who purchased an N64 early."
"The Pilotwings franchise is the proof that there's no genre Nintendo can't tackle and make it awesome and this launch title further proves that fact. Not only does it demonstrate how powerful the Nintendo 64 is (or was), but it also packs in smooth, yet challenging (but rarely bad) gameplay. However, the shortness and tech-demo like feel to it makes it barely noticeable unfortunately."
"The original SNES outing remains one of my favourite games ever but this N64 entry is way more elaborate. Forget the objectives and just explore the island free from worries, it's very relaxing. The Cannon Man remains a guilty pleasure even after all these years. Being a Nintendo game, there are quite a few fun Easter eggs to discover. I need Wii U version!"
"Pilotwings 64 was the perfect introduction to the N64 as it really showed off the console's features. It's a simple - yet not so easy - flight sim that allows players to explore many different environments in many different vehicles through many different modes. Whilst well put together however, it isn't exactly the most in depth game. It's a fun package, but ultimately a little basic."
"Shooting yourself out of a canon and crashing into Mount Rushmore. This was pilot wings. Zany, challenging, at times peaceful and serene. On the downside it was occassionally glitchy and frustrating but the delight of free flight and thirst to aim for higher scores and medals kept you coming back. Few games can replicate Pilotwings. It was unique, charming and fresh for its time."
"Pilotwings 64 instilled in me a sense of wonder and joy I experienced in no other game, before or since. The excellent simulation of free flight exploration, coupled with a sublime soundtrack, makes this one of my all-time favorite titles for the Nintendo 64 or almost any other platform. I desperately want to see this game brought to Virtual Console on the Wii U!"
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