A Plane in Storm review (iOS / Universal)

August 23, 2012

“Riders on the storm…”

10 word description: 2D scrolling plane flight. Avoid hazards, collect stars/coins. Game Center.

10 word review: Decent ‘endless style’ game. Unlockable skills make a significant difference.

Watch out for that house …

You will like this if you enjoy: Endless games with simple controls.

The good news: For a free game (there’s also a premium version) it isn’t completely ruined by adverts and IAPs, although they do make appearance. Gameplay is fun, fairly tricky until you get at least one of the skill power-ups. Graphics, although quite tiny, suit the “escaping a huge storm” theme.

The bad news: It’s simple and repetitive, but the same could be said for the majority of endless style games. In its defence, at least it has a second mode that isn’t endless, although it is otherwise quite indistinguishable from the endless mode! Adverts on the game screen, unless you play without a network connection.

Arcadelife verdict: I kept putting this game to one side as it didn’t look too promising but, after giving it a chance, it turned out to be a lot better than I expected. The clouds and obstacles initially feel like a wall of virtual impossibility, which is why the first skill is so useful – it moves the clouds away from your plane – and makes such a massive difference to the length of your flights. There are IAPs, of course, but you won’t need them. Overall, not a particularly stunning game but also not a complete waste of time; fans of endless games will definitely find it enjoyable.

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 7.5/10
Audio – 6/10
Controls – 8.5/10
Content – 7/10
Fun – 7.5/10
Final rating – 72/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0
iTunes link

Avko Labs website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (iOS 5.1.1)

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