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Game Guys review: Kid Adventures Sky Captain for the Wii

10:29 PM, Jun 29, 2010   |    comments
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  • "Kid Adventures Sky Captain" for the Nintendo Wii.
  • "Kid Adventures Sky Captain" for the Nintendo Wii.
    
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Up we go into the wild blue yonder with D3 Publisher's game Kid Adventures Sky Captain for the Nintendo Wii.  In Sky Captain you play as a pilot of a small airplane and fly around three differently-themed islands doing everything from simple sightseeing to performing tasks on the island.  There is, of course, another pilot on the island but he'll stay out of your way during the majority of the game.

Tasks range from the mundane such as taking still photos to the more exciting such as saving the town's clock tower from a raging fire.  There is also a Pilotwings-style element where you fly through rings, attempting to get the best time possible.  Each time you complete a task or perform a stunt with your airplane you earn experience points.  These points unlock new planes for you to fly as you progress to the rank of Sky Captain.

Kid Adventures Sky Captain looks painfully like a child's Wii game, though there are a couple of surprises.  The water effects are pleasant and underwater objects such as these reefs can be seen from the air.  The game's cloud effects are also nice and wispy.  The nicest thing is that the game doesn't seem to suffer from any frame-rate issues, even as you quickly fly through areas.

The game controls much like a Wii racing game, holding the Wii Remote like a steering wheel.  Tilting steers and rotating slightly changes your altitude.  It takes a little bit to get used to it, so expect to crash -- even after you've gotten things figured out.  The rest of the controls are very simple, such as pressing 'B' while turning to do a barrel-roll or pressing 'A' to take a photograph.  For the most part, that's all there is to it.

Kid Adventures Sky Captain (as the name hints at) is a game for kids but adults shouldn't be surprised if they enjoy this title as well.  It's not a very long game -- only a handful of hours at best if played right through -- but it's a fun game and all of the game's missions can be re-done for a better score at any time.  And that only increases its replay value.

Final Game Guys grade: B

- Game Guy Barry White bcwhite@news10.net

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