In this article, I give you my quick review of the Airheart: Tales of Broken Wings video game. I am talking about a game that makes us fishing and piloting airplanes.
A match made in heaven but the look intrigued me. I’m a sucker for pretty visuals and Airhart tales of broken wings have a ton of those. Might have something to do with the setting.
You play as Amelia, a young woman you might know if you played the studio’s previous game cloud chaser. Ten years later, she’s living in Granero, a flying city hundreds of meters above a desert. Hardly something you’d see in the real world.
The city is in good company. A myriad of tiny islands floats above the settlement. Navigating the airspace between those rocks takes a master pilot and, wouldn’t you know it, Amelia fits that description 100%. That is if you control her well enough.
The twin-stick gameplay certainly takes a bit getting used to. On my first flight, the pro-plane had a couple of close encounters with a cliff or two. But, I blame the darn fish. They have no idea about traffic rules and they are everywhere.
But, I guess I should be grateful for that. After all, those slippery buggers are the source of oil in this world and without oil, the plane would have to stay in the hangar.
No oil no flying, no catching fish no oil, the circle of life, or something like that. It’s at least the life Amelia is living trying to scrape together money from selling the fish oil to improve her a plane following her dream to one day climbed the highest heights of the cloud ocean to catch the legendary sky whale.
If only that pesky animal would live closer to Amelia’s flat she could just leave her workshop for a couple of minutes and visit the mythical beast.
Her father always told her about but we can have that of course life has to be difficult. That’s why there are also pirates, air pirates to be exact. Those super nice guys turn your peaceful fishing trips into an honest-to-god bullet hell and don’t even get me started on the boss fights.
Once you take the air drafts to higher levels the presence of pirates will not only increase, they bring out their big guns and I mean that in the truest sense of the word. The music picks up and suddenly there’s this big airship firing broadsides at you. If you want to advance you have to take this big boy down. It’s not an easy task but it’s an adrenaline rush to finally see the Giant go down in flames.
You pick up the debris catch a couple more fish and then it’s straight back to gran area to ready yourself for the next trip higher and higher and higher.
Before I wrap this up as you might have guessed the game is indeed inspired by the legendary pilot Amelia Earhart who was the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean not only is the protagonist her namesake but her last name shares a striking phonetic resemblance with the game’s title. And the cherry on top, the Swiss developers at Blin flew released their game on Amelia Earhart’s birthday a cool game for a pretty cool lady.