Each major set of levels includes 10 total stages and in order to unlock additional ones you’ll need to complete the majority of those you’ve unlocked with gold medal ranks. I really appreciate that this wasn’t made an all or nothing proposition since, as I’d said, mastering each style can be tricky and with you only needing to complete the majority of stages with gold it keeps your target goals to allow you to progress onto another tier more fair. While it all seems pretty simple in the beginning you will be challenged, and in most cases the margin for error in earning your gold medal is pretty narrow since a single missed gate will generally sink you. Even with the pressure of trying to improve and refine my runs the island setting and music, combined with the feeling of flight, really make this a mellow experience that’s quite soothing overall and added to the enjoyment greatly. If you’ve got some friends around up to 4 people can play split-screen, though for the most part I got the most enjoyment out of taking on the stage challenges and pushing myself to get better times and scores to unlock more content. Though everything is roughly set in the same space you will get to see more and more of the island as you progress so at least the setting doesn’t generally get stale. While there are times when the presentation isn’t visually the best, with the details getting sparse or a bit last-gen when you slow down and pay close attention, at a distance and moving along it does look quite nice. If you’ve been aching to soar in the skies Pilot Sports has done a commendable job of capturing the essence of the classic Pilotwings series and has brought it to the Switch. Each of the methods of flight you’ll get to enjoy have their own distinct feel and though the controls are relatively simple in principle you’ll still find earning your gold medals to get tricky, especially as you advance to the later stages. While it may be lacking in polish visually and doesn’t do anything groundbreaking it’s still a generally serene and enjoyable experience that can likely be enjoyed by just about anyone.
Justin Nation, Score:
Nindie Choice! [8.0]