Banzai Bug is a flight simulator with a twist – you don’t fly a plane, you fly a bug! Banzai Bug is a wise-cracking insect with an attitude that belies his small size. Banzai finds himself trapped in the exterminator’s house, and the only way to get out is to help the resident bugs in their quest to rid the home of the evil Biggies (humans). Banzai is a top-notch pilot and the only one that can destroy the Robobugs and collect the disgusting ingredients for the Stinkulator, the ultimate weapon to eradicate the Biggies.
The playing screen shows Banzai from a third-person view slightly behind him in flight. Grolier claims that this is a flight simulator that you can simply pick up and play – you don’t have to read a complex manual to figure out how to fly. This is true as long as you have a four-button joystick. The keyboard interface is very hard to use and not enjoyable at all.
There are three modes of flight for Banzai: Plane Mode, Helicopter Mode, and Look Around Mode. Plane Mode is regular flight mode and most similar to a normal flight simulator: you fly around shooting and strafing enemies. Helicopter Mode allows you to hover and move vertically for precise maneuvers. Look Around Mode allows you to look around without actually moving from your current location. Each of these modes is activated by a different button. This control method for flying was very easy to learn and in no time I was buzzing around, destroying Robobugs and harassing the Biggies.