MiniCopter: Adventure Flight Review
MiniCopter: Adventure Flight box art
System: Wii Review Rating Legend
Dev: Sonic Powered 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Aksys Games 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Apr. 8, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

As an RC helicopter, you won't have an unending battery supply. In fact, your batteries will die out quicker than a road trip with a half-charged PSP. Different helicopters will have differing amounts of battery life, but all will need to recharge often. This can be accomplished by landing on a helipad and staying grounded for anywhere between two to five seconds. There aren't many things more annoying than having to stop what you are doing every fifty seconds to make a mad dash to the nearest helipad to avoid failing a mission. That is, except for having only one helipad in most levels.

MiniCopter: Adventure Flight screenshot

These lone helipads can be located so far away that you can't even make it there to land after being warned of your low battery issue. While this doesn't happen often since most of the environments are quite small, I did have this happen in the wide open Park level of the game. This is inexcusable. Honestly, why aren't there more helipads if you are forced to constantly "refuel" while playing? Instead, you get to keep making trips from wherever you may be back to the helipad just to burn some of your energy getting back to where you were in the first place.

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The missions in Adventure Flight are also very uninspired. You are given six missions in seven different environments, but they are all basically the same. Mission One of each location has you landing on multiple helipads, the only differences being in the amount of helipads and the background you are doing it in. The same goes with the rest of the game's missions, such as finding coins and stars, shooting targets, picking up objects, and, of course, flying through rings. These objectives seem interesting at first, but after a few rinse and repeats, you find yourself questioning why you need to do these things over again. The best answer I can come up with is that you shouldn't. There is also a multiplayer mode thrown in, but it is clearly an afterthought, having you flying through rings against another player (as opposed to flying through rings by yourself).

Just flying around in MiniCopter can be mildly amusing, but the limited missions and interactivity, stale environments, and frustrating recharging mechanic will inevitably leave you disappointed with your experience. For a budget title, the game does look decent and has a slightly higher production value than expected. Unfortunately, this isn't enough to save MiniCopter: Adventure Flight from being anything but another Wii budget title that doesn't quite merit even its reduced price point. I can think of worse ways of spending thirty dollars, but anyone looking to make those dollars stretch should look elsewhere for a more engaging and valuable experience.

By Adam Brown
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.7
Graphics
MiniCopter won't win any beauty contests, but it is a decent looking for a budget title.
2.6
Control
None of the controls really succeed or fail in any particular aspect. The only major problem I had was how difficult it was to precisely control your altitude.
2.4
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The sound effects are fairly bland, but the music sounds like an amusing mix of a children's show theme song and thumping club music.
2.4

Play Value
There are quite a few missions and even a multiplayer mode included. Unfortunately, you'll still basically be doing the same three (flying, shooting, and carrying) uninteresting things again and again.

2.5
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Customizable Controls- Use the Wii Remote tilt or pointer controls or play with a classic controller!
  • Mission-Based Gameplay- Engage in 42 missions in 7 different environments, like a child's bedroom, hospital room, and more!
  • Customize Your RC Helicopter- Outfit your helicopter with a variety of body kits and parts that can alter the performance of your heli and improve your scores in mission mode!.
  • Two-Player Split-Screen Mode- Battle against a friend in a race for the rings to see who's the best helicopter pilot!
  • Become an Ace Pilot!- Hone your flying skills to receive the highest amount of points possible in every stage! Only the best will receive gold stars all-around!


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