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After Burner Climax review (iOS / Universal)

February 19, 2013

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10 word description: Arcade style follow-cam shooter. 20+ zones, 3 planes, Game Center.

Incoming!

Incoming!

10 word review: Beautiful, fast, mindless, quite exciting but also a bit silly.

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You will like this if you enjoy: Very pretty games with simple gameplay and the feeling that you’re frequently not in control of what’s going on.

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The good news: The graphics, fairly obviously, although the game moves so fast that you probably miss a lot of the pretty stuff. A nice variety of environments. Plenty of dazzling effects and explosions.

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The bad news: Not that I really care, but it’s stupidly fast, the levels are too short – over in a blink, you hardly ever know exactly what hit your plane and the whole experience feels extremely shallow. Touch controls are not quite up to the task when it comes to targeting lots of enemies and dodging a screen full of incoming missiles. The position of the speed control (top right) is just stupid, although I only played this on iPad. It could be ok on a smaller screen.

... but it does look very nice

… but it does look very nice

Arcadelife verdict: So say, for example, that someone edited all the flight combat scenes out of Top Gun, strung them together, sped the footage up by a factor of at least 3x and slapped some rousing arcade game music over it all. That would be fun, right? That would be coooool. For about 5 minutes, then you’d get a bit bored and probably also a headache or at least bleeding eyes. I probably don’t need to say much more.

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But I will, because I have a few minutes to spare. After Burner Climax aims fairly low and ultimately falls short of even its own modest targets. Blame touch screen controls, blame the process of squashing an arcade cabinet game into a £2 iOS version, blame the government. It’s still fun, but not for long, and I’ll stand by my claim that it’s too fast, even if that makes me too old.

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Arcadelife rating

Presentation – 9/10
Visuals – 9.5/10
Controls – 5/10
Content – 7/10
Fun – 6/10
Final rating – 6/10

QUITE GOOD

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

Sega / After Burner Climax website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPad (iOS 6.0.1)
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