V-Wing is one of the best “cavefliers” ever made. That's an action sub-genre that was very popular in Finland in the early 1990s, inspiring many authors to release shareware and freeware cavefliers of their own. You maneuver a small ship in tight caverns, blasting other ships to smithereens with a formidable arsenal while fighting gravity and being careful not to hit the terrain. |
The ships human players (including you) control are called V-Wings, while those controlled by the computer are called H-Wings. Your ship comes equipped with a standard gun and a secondary weapon which can be changed at the start of every fight. The standard gun has unlimited ammo, but the secondary weapon requires reloading once the ammo runs out. You can get more ammo and repair any damage your ship sustains on a special pad, which you of course must find first.
Although the shareware version includes only five weapons and two levels, the registered one offers many more of both, as well as settings that allow you to change just about every aspect of the game. The graphics are inferior to Tappo II, but the fluid action, huge levels, and well-designed levels more than make up for the lack of graphical detail. The game even includes a level editor you can use to design your own levels in which to blast friends. If you enjoy cavefliers or shoot 'em ups in general, V-Wing is definitely well worth your time. Two thumbs up for this underdog!
Reviewed by: Underdogs