A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The game is all about flying around an island to accomplish various goals, so the message it sends is that practice makes perfect.
Positive Role Models
You can play as your own Mii character, created on the Nintendo 3DS, but you don't really see your character in this game. Instead, you see the plane or behind the hang glider or the back of your character with a rocket behind. You work hard to accomplish the game's many goals and behave admirably throughout.
Ease of Play
The game can be a bit tricky if you're not familiar with past Pilotwings games (or aerial arcade games as a whole), but a decent tutorial, free flight mode, and increasingly difficult missions help players ease into the game mechanics.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pilotwings Resort is an aerial flight game with no inappropriate content for young gamers. But parents need to remember that Nintendo is warning parents not to allow
kids age six and under to view the graphics in 3D because that viewing
"may cause vision damage." The Nintendo 3DS offers parents the ability
to lock out the use of 3D graphics in the system's Parental Controls. However, with this game, the 3D images make navigating the challenges easier, so the game is best played by kids ages 7 and up.
Is It Any Good?
Pilotwings Resort is good, but you must like flying games. The analog stick -- the first time on a portable Nintendo system --
feels great to control much of the action. For example, you might have
to fly through 10 rings within a specified time. Or shoot at balloons in
the sky, on bridges, and through tunnels. Unlike past Pilotwings games, the game can be played in 3D, without
needing glasses, and you do get a remarkable sense of depth while
soaring the skies. But after playing the game after a short while, it felt like there was
little reason to keep going. Sure, you can unlock more parts of the
island, take on more difficult missions or look for goodies in Free Play
mode, but there was little incentive to do so. Perhaps if Pilotwings
Resort offered a wireless multiplayer mode or an augmented reality
feature (imagine flying planes against a real backdrop, like your
backyard or family room), the game would have more replayability.
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