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Publisher: Freeverse    Genre: Arcade
Min OS X: Any Version    CPU: G3 @ 333 MHz    RAM: 55 MB    Hard Disk: 70 MB

January 16, 2002 | Patrick Leyden

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Sound & Music
If there is single element of this game that points to its 80s arcade shooter roots, it is its library of sounds effects. From the weapons fire to the roar of the roar of engines of your and your enemyís engines, WingNuts sounds like it should be an arcade. Any gamer who has spent hours plowing through classic shooters, in an arcade setting or by using MacMAME will appreciate the sonic heritage of WingNuts.

The music of WingNuts is extremely high quality. It has a certain whimsical quality that perfectly complements the gameís story and visual flair. Like the sound effects in the game, the music has been influenced by genre titles but stands on its own as a very polished video game score. The last of the important aural elements of WingNuts are the pieces of dialogue that are spontaneously played throughout the game. As you play through the game, both Baron von Schtopwatch and members of your own WingNuts team will talk to you. These will either be helpful and encouraging comments from your fellow WingNuts or berating and distracting quips from the Baron himself. Either way, these snippets of dialogue (and accompanying pictures) are often hilarious. WingNuts would simply not be complete without them.

To label WingNuts as simply a nostalgic trip down the video game memory lane would do a great disservice to this title and its developers. The design of game has clearly been by shooters such as Time Pilot and 1941, but it is not a clone of these games; WingNuts adds its own wit and flair to a genre that is often sorely lacking in personality.

This is the kind of game that you play when you have too much to do or nothing to do at all. WingNuts offers shooter action but not the violence of todayís first-person shooters. The fact that the game is played from an overhead, 2D perspective makes it all the more refreshing. WingNuts isnít video game kitsch; itís retro-cool. Anyone should pick up this game and be able to enjoy it for as long as they choose to play.

Publisher: Freeverse
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