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  • genre shooter / action / sci-fi
  • download size 20 MB
    1Mbit
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 63 user ratings.
  • release date August 27, 1993
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8)
  • languages English
  • developer / publisher Origin Systems / Electronic Arts
  • game modes single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • manual

What's cool about it:

  • Take on the challenge of the Gauntlet, a daunting dogfight marathon with 15 progressively difficult levels of attacking ships.
  • Fly with some of the most famous wingmen of the Wing Commander universe: Hobbes, Angel, and Maniac.
  • A robust mission builder gives you the power to create your own missions that will challenge your skill as a pilot.

Overview:

We want YOU!

The Kilrathi are relentless in their assaults against the Confederation and we need more pilots. Not just any pilots, however, but the best of the best. You'll train in our top of the line CyberNet combat simulator. It's not just the art of combat that you'll be learning but also how to pilot every craft the Confederation has to offer. Join us at the TCSN Academy and reach for the stars!

Wing Commander: Academy lets you experience first-hand the rigorous training of a Confederation pilot. Create your own missions with every scenario imaginable or jump into the fray with an infinite amount of randomly generated missions. Learn how to handle a slew of Confederation fighters and take your chances in the Gauntlet, a grueling 15 level marathon that will test your mettle against increasingly challenging opponents.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard

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User reviews:

Weak WC title

Posted on 2013-08-27 15:09:51 byjbarnson's avatarjbarnson:

I remember writing this review in my head the day after I got this game back in '93. Which would be, like, twenty years ago tomorrow or something. This game was simply the WC 2 combat engine with a mission editor. Unfortunately, the mission editor wasn't very exciting, either. In a time when shareware editors allowed you to create some very complex and fascinating scenarios forread more X-Wing, this felt like a quick-and-dirty cash grab, thrown together in a month by a couple of interns.
And this is coming from a guy who just about worshiped the Wing Commander series.
Still, for the time, it was fun if you just wanted to try out some match-ups that you never actually got to see in the main game and expansions. I just don't see much of a point for it today, unless you are a completionist.

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A nice little game, but don't expect it to keep you entertained for more than an afternoon

Posted on 2013-08-27 09:40:36 bywwwolf's avatarwwwolf:

I remember picking up Wing Commander Academy years ago. I was, and still am, in love with the series. That said, I don't quite understand the thought process that led to the creation of this game.
Don't get me wrong, it has the great WCII game engine, and all the ships, weapons, and combat that entails, but there is no plot. Zero, zilch, none.
The game consists of you layingread more out a very basic waypoint map, then fighting your way through it. That's all. The addition of the gauntlet mode is nice, but hardly enough to carry the game.
It's not a bad game, but feels more like an expansion pack to WCII than a stand alone product.
If you're looking for a minor diversion for an afternoon, or just to complete your Wing Commander collection, by all means grab it. Otherwise I'd start with one of the main Wing Commander Games (also on GOG) instead.

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Less 'Academy' and more 'Simulator'

Posted on 2013-08-27 11:18:07 byMarbleMunkey's avatarMarbleMunkey:

I used to play the heck out of all the Wing Commander games. Of this generation of Wing Commander games (WC2, Armada, Privateer) this is by far the weakest, but it did have it's charm. It's setup like a flight simulator: You specify what you will encounter, and then fly the mission. If you are intimately familiar with the ships you fight in WC2 or Armada, you may find this interestingread more from the 'what if I ran into ...' factor, but otherwise, you're probably better off replaying WC2.

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Wing Commander games on GOG.com:

Wing Commander ®: Privateer ™ $5.99 in cart OWNED
Wing Commander™ 1+2 $5.99 in cart OWNED
Wing Commander™ 3 Heart of the Tiger™ $5.99 in cart OWNED
Wing Commander™ 4: The Price of Freedom $5.99 in cart OWNED
Wing Commander: Academy $5.99 in cart OWNED
Wing Commander: Armada $5.99 in cart OWNED
Privateer 2: The Darkening $5.99 in cart OWNED
Wing Commander 5: Prophecy Gold Edition $5.99 in cart OWNED
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