flying simulation

Dune: Ornithopter Assault [GBA – Cancelled]

Frank Herbert’s Dune: Ornithopter Assault is a cancelled flying / shooter game made by Soft Brigade that was going to be published on the Gameboy Advance by Cryo Interactive. Development of the game started in 2001, but in summer 2002 the project was shelved, even if it was basically finished (all the missions are completable), before submission to Nintendo due to Cryo’s financial difficulties.

This is the game’s fact-sheet published at the time in the official website, now offline:

Trained by Gurney Alleck, the most efficient and honoured officer of the House of Atreides, you are going to become a specialist in piloting and fighting ornithopters. Involved in all-out war for the spice, you must surpass all of your flying skill to survive the fall of the House of Atreides and help Paul and the Fremen in their fight for Arrakis.

  • Spectacular 3D Universe on Advanced Game Boy, seen from the cockpit of the ornithopter.
  • More than 20 different missions with various objectives simple recounting, escort duties, guarding, destroying troops and buildings, capturing vehicles, collecting spice and water, etc.
  • 5 solo and multiple player modes (using 2 cable linked Advanced Game Boy) with various levels of difficulty solo mission, campaign, joint campaign and deathmatch.
  • The first adaptation of Dune, the most famous of all science fiction universes, on hand held console.

Thankfully, a rom of Ornithopter Assault was leaked online and preserved. The game can be played on GBA emulators.




Fly By Wire (RC Stunt Copter) [Prototype – PC / PSX]

Fly By Wire was the codename of the helicopter simulation game by Shiny Entertainment that would be released under the name RC Stunt Copter. In the images below you can see an early prototype of the project.

Scan from PlayMag issue 17.


Radio Flyer [SNES – Cancelled]

Radio Flyer is a cancelled flying game that was in development by Ocean in 1992 for the Super Nintendo. It seems that the project was based on the film with the same name from Columbia Pictures, in which 2 young brothers escape their chaotic family life with dreams of flying. Inspired by a local legend, they attempt to build a working airplane from their ordinary red wagon.

Celine was able to find a couple fo screenshot from the game in Console Mania #13 (an italian magazine), PlayerOne #23 and EGM #25. Looking at those we can speculate that Radio Flyer could have been somehow similar to Pilot Wings SNES. The project was canned for unknown reasons but as Evan G from SNES Central has wrote, it could be because the movie was a flop / sucked.

Thanks to Celine for the contribution!



Airport Inc. 64 [N64 – Cancelled]


Despite the high quality of strategy games released for the Nintendo 64 (Ogre Battle 64, Star Craft), not many games in that genre were released for the system. It’s probably for this reason that many fans were happy to hear about the development of this managerial simulator for the Nintendo 64: Airport Inc.

As can easily be determined from the title, this Telstar game was going to simulate an airport over all fields, from internal structures to air traffic coordination. The ultimate goal for the player would have been to avoid displeasing the customers and keeping their expenses balanced in order to maintain an optimal financial situation.

The graphics engine would have taken full advantage of the Nintendo 64’s capabilities, offering, as in Sim City 2000, a perfect 3D representation of the airport’s life. The game (i)was(/i) ultimately released for the PC in 2001, but the N64 version of Airport Inc. was ultimately destined to oblivion. Doubts still subsist as to the effectiveness of even the primary development on Nintendo’s little black console.

Please note: It is our understanding that these screenshots are from the N64 version, but as even the initial development is uncertain, it is possible that these images are actually from a beta of the PC version, as both would have look similar to the point of being exactly the same.

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Nonostante la qualità dei giochi strategici su N64 sia piuttosto alta (Ogre Battle, Star Craft), il genere non è certo fra più rappresentativi della console Nintendo. E’ molto probabile quindi che gli appassionati abbiano seguito con grande attenzione l’annuncio per 64 di questo simulatore gestionale, Airport Inc.

Come si può facilmente intuire dal titolo, il gioco Telstar era incentrato sullo sviluppo di un aeroporto in tutti i suoi settori, dall’organizzazione interna della struttura alla coordinazione del traffico aereo. I giocatori avrebbero dovuto fare attenzione a non scontentare (o non farli perire in un disastro aereo) i propri clienti, equilibrando le spese per mantenere una situazione finanziaria ottimale.

Il motore grafico avrebbe dovuto sfruttare le capacità del Nintendo 64, offrendo, come in Sim City 2000, una perfetta rappresentazione tridimensionale del nostro piccolo dominio. Il gioco è uscito per PC nel 2001, ma purtroppo la versione di Airport Inc. per 64 era destinata all’oblio e non vide mai la luce. Addirittura sussistono dubbi sull’effettivo inizio dello sviluppo sulla console nera di Nintendo.

Forse gli screenshots di questa pagina si riferiscono ad una versione preliminare per computer, ma è probabile che l’aspetto della versione console sarebbe stato identico a questo, senza nemmeno l’aggiunta di features esclusive. [/spoiler]

[Original description in Italian by Yota, Translation by Take It Slow]