Gary Eng Walk
September 20, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Created by the veterans who made Sonic the Hedgehog a hit and powered by a $10 million ad budget, NiGHTS actually delivers on the hype. Think Peter Pan on amphetamines, with enchanting 3-D scenery that makes Neverland look like Captain Hook’s brig. After a nightmarish wizard starts robbing children of their dream energy, you leap into the body of Nights — a jesterlike fellow who zooms, loops, and spins through the air at dizzying speeds — to collect the glowing fragments of your own stolen dreams. As you rack up points, you get to perform graceful acrobatic stunts that offer a more compelling sensation of soaring than most flight simulators. A

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