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Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy review (iOS / Universal)

March 19, 2012

“Highway to the danger zone
Gonna take you right into the danger zone”

10 word description: Air combat game. Campaign & multiplayer modes. Customisable controls. Game Center.

Feeling the need for speed...

10 word review: Ultimate Top Gun fantasy on iOS – best flight game ever!

"This is what I call a target-rich environment."

You will like this if you enjoy: Action oriented flight games. Arcade style flight sims. Exciting, fun air combat.

Iceman: "You can be my wingman any time."
Maverick: "Bullshit! You can be mine."

The good news: Everything about it, plus it plays well on my clunky old 1st gen iPad. Graphics are quite outstanding, as are the sound effects and rousing rock soundtrack – very Top Gun. Campaign is varied and fun, multiplayer is just a blast. Customisable controls should make everyone happy and the whole game is polished and entertaining.

"Every time you go up in the air, you're unsafe. I don't like you because you're dangerous."

The bad news: 1st gen iPad performance isn’t perfect – big explosions and a lot of smoke can cause the framerate to drop quite noticeably for a few seconds. However – and this is a big however – this game is a bit of a “look how great my New iPad (3) is!” release and it’s a real surprise, and a pleasure, to be able to play it on a first gen iPad at all; I was expecting to see that it wouldn’t even launch on my device, but I was proved happily to be very wrong about that.

Goose: "No, Mav, this is not a good idea."
Maverick: "Sorry, Goose, but it's time to buzz a tower."

Arcadelife verdict: This game is excellent. I don’t like tilt controls and, guess what, I don’t have to use them if I don’t want to. With that potential obstacle to enjoyment well out of the way, I am getting such a kick out of this game! Graphically, it’s wonderful – and that’s only based on what I’m seeing on my 1st gen iPad and my 4th gen iPod Touch. It’s very much like all the fun elements of a military flight sim (without the 5000 page manual or tedium) plus the arcade rush of Afterburner, a lot of action and some dazzling scenery and effects.

The single player campaign missions are varied, pitting you against planes, helicopters, land vehicles and ships within the first couple of missions. Waypoints, enthusiastic gung-ho npc/commentator encouragement, multiple view options and responsive, reliable controls make the whole experience an exciting blast of fun.

Multiplayer is also great; just pick a mode, jump in and start flying around shooting people down. It’s all fast, furious and quite thrilling.

"That was some of the best flying I've seen to date - right up to the part where you got killed."

Ultimately it’s about as realistic as Top Gun, which wasn’t, but it also manages to nail the fist-pumping air combat spectacle enough to convince anyone that crashing into a mountain at 1200 mph is actually pretty darn cool.

"The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid."

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 10/10
Audio – 9/10
Controls – 9.5/10
Content – 9.5/10
Fun – 10/10
Final rating – 96/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.1
iTunes link

Air Supremacy Facebook link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 5.0.1)
iPad (OS 5.0.1)
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