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Aera Review

By , on September 17, 2009


Aera
Download on the AppStore
2 out of 5

PROS

  • A large number of game modes to play through.
  • Wi-fi online multiplayer mode.

CONS

  • Controls have a huge learning curve and can be quite difficult to use.
  • The game contains no music, only sound effects.

VERDICT

Unfortunately, Aera’s impressive game content is let down by its difficult control scheme and is not worth the current price.


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Aera is a game that puts player into the cockpit of a small airplane as you progress through a number of levels. There isn’t much on offer in the way of story but the game does feature an impressive number of extra modes - such as races, token collection and dog fights with other planes.

The game is a temperamental beast when it comes to the control scheme. You will either have to invest a lot of time into learning how to use the tilt controls properly or put up with the frustration of trying to make the plane turn in the direction you want. Once you work them out its fine, but the controls have a long and difficult learning curve.

While the 3D graphics aren’t the smoothest available, they still look very well done. The sound is solid but is limited to sound effects only; fortunately players are free to use their iPod during gameplay. For the most part, the game is single player but there are Wi-fi multiplayer options for a competitive play.

Aera is a game that will evoke mixed emotions within players. On one hand, the game has a solid amount of content and some fun modes but on the other, the controls will severely limit your enjoyment of the game and make you curse the day you bought it. Unless you believe you can tame the wild and defiant controls, the game is not worth your time and money.

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