Iron Wings by Naps Team out of Italy is a WW2 shooter following the story of 2 pilots, Jack and Amelia, as they fight against Nazi fighters and complete other miscellaneous objectives. While I do myself like a good flying game unfortunately Iron Wings needs a lot of love to make it playable. Just for starters the game seems to take forever to load. Considering the size of the download something doesn’t seem right when you have to wait a minute plus at the “loading screen”.
If anything they could have had more than 4 images that get cycled through while you wait so that it doesn’t seem as long. Once in you’re thrown into the story of Jack (I assume) as he’s starting out doing training missions over New York City. Unfortunately the game probably could have done without the attempt at showing the characters talk. The voices are awful with what sounds like young men attempting to sound like old men and often it seemed that the mouths did not match up to the words. I ended up just reading the subtitles.
Once you get past the “story” and into the actual flying the game gets somewhat enjoyable, until you reach the preemptive end of the “map” and get turned around. Or you try to fly into the building and the game stops you and turns you around automatically. But you can fly into a weather balloon with no problem and explode in a firey ball of death. Seems realistic.
Next come some side missions where your plane is equipped with some “new technology” allowing you to listen in to radio frequencies to get the missions. This is a pretty bland way to give you your side missions, but I guess just having waypoints would have been too easy. An interesting part of the game is being able to buy the planes you want to fly, so you won’t get stuck in a Sopwith Camel although that might be fun. Best part of the story is getting out of the story and the repeated cut-scenes to the main menu where you can free fly or enter the arcade mode.
Free Fly lost me pretty quick when I wanted to fly around New York and couldn’t make it over Central Park without being turned around. Arcade mode though had some potential. There are different planes flying around that give you different things like double points, fuel and repairs. This can get fun if you have some friends that are also playing the game and if you’re a leaderboard junkie. The problem here is I doubt many of your friends will purchase it because starting at $23.99 you’re probably paying $20 too much! If WW2 flying games are something that you’re into go out and watch LOTS and LOTS of videos, find someone streaming the game and wait a week or two before shelling money out for Iron Wings.