Angry Planes HD review (iPad)

May 18, 2012

“Bombers fight at zero feet, bombers fight at zero”

10 word description: ‘City Bomber’ type game, with squid. 90 levels; 3-star ratings.

10 word review: Insubstantial gameplay falls slightly short of the initially entertaining premise.

You will like this if you enjoy: ‘City Bomber’ type games. Jungle Crash Land, although that’s a different and arguably rather more entertaining game.

The good news: Attractive graphics, decent controls, plenty of levels, smooth difficulty curve, challenging 3-star ratings.

The bad news: Big missed opportunity alert: There are 6 playable planes available right from the start. Yes, the differences are only cosmetic, but it would have been much better if these had been unlocked via game progress or by some kind of in-game points system (not IAPs!) to increase the addiction/replay value. Shame. My main gripe, which could indeed be down to personal opinion, is that the bombing doesn’t feel significant or kinetic enough; the bombs don’t splash into the water, the visual explosions are weak, almost unnoticeable, and there are no sound effects for them. The bomb-dropping sound is like someone gently flicking a piece of paper. For a game about bombing, some extra effort should have been put into making the bombing a lot more impressive. And, of course, there’s the word ‘Angry’ in the title – don’t be naïve, this will probably either deter or mislead potential customers.

Arcadelife verdict: The core game is sound enough and there are plenty of planes and levels. Some more thought should have been put into how the 6 planes are acquired. A lot more thought should have been applied to the look and sound of the bombs and how they interact with the other game elements.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 7/10
Audio – 2/10
Controls – 8/10
Content – 7.5/10
Fun – 6/10
Final rating – 61/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.1
iTunes link

Angry Planes website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (iOS 5.1.1)

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