Sky Combat Review
- Polished gameplay; multiple control schemes and vehicles to use.
- Alternative endless mode and single-mission mode available; replay value for high-score hunters.
- Slick visuals; adds depth and realism to the environments.
- Unforgiving difficulty on boat and tank levels; touching buildings/shoreline is an instant death (despite ramming vehicles larger than them).
- Multiple tiny buttons for additional abilities can be frustrating; not always responsive or handy to use.
Sky Combat is a great change of pace from the usual over the top SHMUPs of late and while it doesn't have a whole lot of content, what is provided is polished and almost perfected.
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With so many shoot'em-ups (SHMUP) taking the fantasy/over-the-top bullet-hell approach of late, it's great to see a title like Sky Combat from Alien Worm and Chillingo pulling things back to a slightly more realistic level. That isn't to say Sky Combat is strictly about realism, but it treads a delicate balance that forces players to react quickly and efficiently without needing to worry about memorizing various bullet patterns.
Over the course of the short campaign you'll not only control a helicopter, but also a tank and a gun-boat (yes, I know, not exactly 'Sky Combat'). Various tilt and touch options are available, including swipe-gesture and virtual-sticks along with on-screen buttons for abilities that can be repositioned to your liking. Better still, universal 'flick' controls allow players to activate these abilities (such as dodging bullets temporarily), reducing the need to search for search for the tiny buttons on the screen.
Each level is simply gorgeous, with polished graphics that look fantastic on fourth generation devices. The level of polish is not only extended to basic things like enemies as special effects, but also to background elements to create realistic looking environments that react to vehicles driving through the terrain.
It doesn't take long to complete the campaign, however with three difficulties and the prospect of attempting to get 100% of the kills available in each level, it will keep even the most dedicated of gamers busy for a while.
Sky Combat may not pack the same crazy over-the-top madness of other recent SHMUP releases, but its refined gameplay and visuals put it head and shoulders over the vast majority of titles currently available. Definitely worth checking out.
DescriptionWhy choose between classic gameplay and cutting edge graphics when you can have both?
Sky Combat is a beautifully crafted vertical shooter; superb water and explosion effects make this game a true visual stunner. Fight your way through the levels, facing over 30 different enemies and eight challenging bosses using three different craft: an AH-64 Apache helicopter, a speedy combat boat and an armored Humvee. Upgrade your missiles and bombs and use special power-ups – the result is some seriously action packed gameplay!
"The gameplay is tight, the graphics are crisp and you won’t run out of content..." Tim Chaten - App Advice
"Sky Combat is another excellent game from Chillingo that will make your finger soar very quickly from its addicting gameplay" Derek Walter - 148Apps
PLAY. THEN PLAY AGAIN.
The stages in Sky Combat are huge and there with eight challenging and powerful bosses to destroy, you won’t be short of entertainment. Three difficulty tiers makes for great replay value as you try to defeat the game on the hardest settings. Dodge missiles, hails of bullets, tank fire and turrets on your mission to complete this tough and time-consuming game!
Incredible particle effects and super detailed landscapes and vehicles ensure that this is one of the most impressive looking games in the App Store. Sky Combat has water effects that have never been seen in a 2D shooter before and explosions that will blow you away! You will need to steer your craft over deep gorges and tall mountains, over rough battle scarred terrain and down meandering canals destroying everything in your path.
STRAFE AND SHOOT
Use the intuitive and innovative control scheme to dodge incoming fire and lay some ordinance down on your enemies. Use Touch, Relative Touch, Tilt, and Virtual joystick to maneuver around the screen, dodging incoming fire, in the vehicle of your choice. Whatever your control preference, there is a control scheme to suit. It’s not all about evasion though; fire a hail of bullets, homing missiles or drop devastating bombs on your enemies. Upgrade your weapons to cause maximum damage!
CRYSTAL LEADERBOARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS
Players can earn achievements and compare scores with online leaderboards through Crystal! Will you be the top gun among your friends?
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