Wind­jam­mers

PS4, PS Vita, DotEmu; cert: 3

The Observer - The New Review - - RELEASES - Will Free­man

Orig­i­nally re­leased for the Neo Geo ar­cade sys­tem in 1994, Wind­jam­mers is fully de­serv­ing of its cult sta­tus. But for all its cred­i­bil­ity among ar­cade afi­ciona­dos, the game is in essence a spin on Pong, al­beit one fes­tooned with me­chan­i­cal and aes­thetic trap­pings. Those ex­tras, how­ever, present a truly mag­nif­i­cent game, es­pe­cially for mul­ti­player and, now, on­line.

Fun­da­men­tally, it is fris­bee ten­nis, with two ri­vals launch­ing a fly­ing disc at one another while de­fend­ing goals. Run along­side the Neo Geo orig­i­nal, the port ac­cu­racy is su­perb. Some on­line matches fail to launch, a prob­lem fix­able with an up­date, and one that barely de­tracts from a near per­fect ar­cade game.

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