Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders Review
- Plenty of control optimizations and tweaks to make life as easy or nuanced as you like.
- Varied scenarios set in beautifully rendered locations; from rolling hills to storm covered oceans, it highlights the joy of flying.
- Arcade gameplay messes with the overwhelming sense of realism; a minor qualm at best.
Storm Raiders brings the Sky Gamblers series back to the classic era of dogfights, pairing gorgeous visuals and rock-solid controls to create the perfect arcade singleplayer or multiplayer flight sim experience.
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Storm Raiders by Atypical Games and Revo Solutions has been given a huge visual overhaul, giving the Sky Gamblers series exactly what it needed to remain the best in show. Considering previous titles had almost perfected flight simulator gameplay for the iOS platform, pairing the game up with famous locations, rendered in gorgeous detail and polished with high resolution textures makes this a must-have all on is own.
However, leaving the review there would skip over important details, not the least of which is the huge selection of options when it comes to game types. In singleplayer alone you can select from the comprehensive campaign mode; dogflight missions; or survival mode. This is further bulked up by AI driven offline multiplayer modes that mirror the online selection of Last Man Standing; Free for all; Free flight; Team Deathmatch; Capture the flag; and Defend the Base.
Finding a game couldn't be easier either, with local Wifi, Online, and Game Center options available for pairing players.
Of course all of this juicy content would be for naught if the controls weren't up to scratch - thankfully Storm Raiders has you covered on that front too. Most players will want to stick with the accelerometer modes, a tilt-based control system that's razor sharp in its movement detection. To minimize touch-screen use, the game utilizes a unique 'virtual stick' system with the simulator mode to moderate acceleration and deceleration, along with the yaw. Other control options include the use of control pads, as well as 'casual' variations that assist the players by providing 'automatic stabilization' options.
Ultimately, the rich selection of features in Storm Raiders comes about as a result of the success of its previous iterations, but the addition of high quality graphics lends a sense of realism and jaw-dropping engagement otherwise missing from Rise Of Glory. There's an unmistakable Arcade-like feel to the gameplay that may put pure simulator enthusiasts on edge, but the immediacy of the action and simplicity of controlling your plane (and wingmen alike) will keep most other players hanging around for hours.
A great addition to an already great series, and definitely worth checking out.
DescriptionLaunched as Editor's choice on the AppStore!
Slide To Play - 4 out of 4
AppSpy - 5 out of 5
PocketGamer - Gold Award
Digitally Downloaded - 4.5 out of 5
iReviewT - 10 out of 10
PocketGamer - "Gorgeous to look at and with a control system to suit every taste"
Digitally Downloaded - "a true home console experience to iOS"
Slide To Play - "hits the sweet spot between arcade and sim"
AppSpy - "pairing gorgeous visuals and rock-solid controls"
THIS IS THE ULTIMATE WWII AIR COMBAT GAME! You’ll participate in visceral dogfights, protect
cities and fleets, bomb enemy structures and even fly through tunnels. Everything is set up in accurately
recreated real life locations like Pearl Harbor, Coast of Dover, Midway, Germany and France.
AMAZING QUALITY AND IT’S ONLY ON iOS!
Unparalleled visuals, special effects and audio including: specular masks, bump mapping, atmospheric
scattering, volumetric clouds with realistic lighting, sun glare, day & night transitions, God rays, high
definition textures, 4x anisotropic filtering, High Dynamic Range (HDR) rendering, radial blur, heat haze,
refractive raindrops and more!
Take off and land on landing strips and carriers. You will fly in fully recreated cities with realistic
weather, accurate atmospheric scattering with aerial perspective and highly detailed planes with
HUGE HISTORIC FLEET
Fly highly detailed WWII top aces planes. Watch the progressive damage affecting planes and finally
being shredded into pieces.
HUGE COLLECTION OF ONLINE MODES
Invite your friends to play online! Choose between cooperative and competitive modes: Survival, Last
Man Standing, Free Flight, Free for All, Team Match, Capture the Flag and the new Assault. Use Game
Center head to head with Voice Chat for the ultimate duel experience.
GAME CENTER, AirPlay and iCloud
Since this all takes place on Apple devices, iCloud support has been integrated so players can save
and share progress across devices while AirPlay allows them to use an Apple TV to play the game on a
large display. Climb the Game Center leaderboards, challenge friends and unlock all achievements.
Play Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders on iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad, iPad 2, 3 rd
gen iPad and the new iPad, iPod touch 3, iPod touch 4 and iPod touch 5 for one low price.
Online play requires a Wi-Fi or 3G/4G internet connection.
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What's New in Version 1.2.0NEW PLANES available: Horten Ho 229, Yakovlev Yak-9, Aichi D3A
NEW FEATURE: Weapon Hangar. You can access the Weapons Hangar by pressing the Weapons Info in the Main Menu. You will be able to customize your weapons for all planes.
Added ACROBATIC SMOKE for pilots who want to show off their flying skills in style.
We listened to our community feedback and implemented many of the requests you guys made.