Big Al from Pilotwings is the greatest video game character ever made, and there is no arguing that point.

Man, it was always great fun doing the parachuting thing, just falling out of the plane and slamming into the ground over and over and over again. Or was it just me and you’re about to tell me I have a problem?

This game could have easily just been a tech demo and we still would have bought it, but it was genuinely a good game underneath the Mode 7 whizzery too. The jetpack sections were brilliant! The last level where Big Al pleads with you to rescue his brother from the EVIL Syndicate and gives you a helicopter with missile launchers was amazing – a whole game in itself, really.

You know, you would have thought everyone would have been a bit more wary of an outfit calling itself the EVIL Syndicate. Just sayin’ is all.