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Unreleased Atari 2600 cart. published 41 years ago by CBS, Inc.

Listed in MAME

Wings screenshot

Wings © 1983 CBS, Incorporated.

An air combat simulation game.

Control is done by 2 joysticks.

The Left Joystick is used to control your plane. Pressing the fire button and pushing up will throttle up the engines, while pressing the fire button and pushing down will throttle down the engines.

The Right Joystick is used to access your weapons. Your weapon systems are only enabled after clearing the runway or reaching an altitude of 60 Feet. Pushing down will switch between machine guns and missiles, while pressing up will fire your weapons. Guns are weak, but have unlimited ammunition. Missiles on the other hand are very powerful, but you only get two. Use them wisely.


Unreleased prototype.

Wings was originally intended to be a 4K game, but it was decided that trying to cram a complete flight simulator into a tiny 4K cartridge was too difficult. Therefore Wings was shelved until the development of the RAM Plus chip (a 10.5K RAM chip) made it possible. It was originally assumed that Wings would use the Booster Grip controller for its complex controls, but when the prototype was finally found it was discovered that it supported not only the Booster Grip, but also a strange two joystick scheme instead. Apparently marketing wanted to add some clouds, but they never got implemented. Sadly CBS decided to pull the plug on Wings mere weeks before it was ready to be released when they closed down cartridge development on October 23rd 1983. The decision was made so late that promotional material (hats and scarves) and even a commercial had been made.


Programmer: Stuart Ross


Game's ROM.