Air Master 3D Review
- Custom control options.
- Customisable levels.
- Obscured visuals.
- Limited repetitive sound effects.
Even after you manage to learn how to fly your craft with ease you're still going to have to deal with the poor visuals, odd AI behaviour and the inevitability of needing to replay a level over and over to get it right. Air Master 3D is less of a game and more of a personal challenge to enjoy.
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Flight sims on the iPhone have been a somewhat risky proposition because they live or die by their ability to control an aircraft fluidly while still being able to let a gamer see what's happening. Air Master 3D by Alex Nankervis doesn't manage to make the cut as a flight sim shoot-em-up for this reason even if there is a nugget of gold hidden within.
Players will find themselves tilting their craft around their island zone, though despite some thorough customisation options for these controls you'll often find yourself either tipping the screen out of view or flying around uncontrollably. A lot of finesse required to get comfortable with the controls, though the accelerator and fire zones are easy and responsive to taps.
There's not a lot to get excited about with the graphics in Air Master 3D as the game uses rudimentary texture shading which does nothing to hide the basic models used on each map. The special effects are actually quite spectacular to behold, though it's unlikely you'll see them very often as targets are highlighted permanently, leaving the screen awash in green moving triangles.
For every positive aspect of Air Master there's an equal or even greater negative to behold; the arcade feel of the game matches well with the rudimentary graphics of the game, though the inability to see what's happening either by obscured visuals or tilting too far make this hard to recommend. This one's definitely only for fans of the genre hard pressed for new games.
I can honestly say I do not remember the last time I had so much fun with an iPhone game. Reminiscent of the classic Descent series, AirMaster 3D hits a home run... AirMaster 3D has the best executed use of the accelerometer and on-screen controls I have encountered on the iPhone... On the whole, AirMaster 3D brings back the classic good vs. evil, green vs. red that is in the heart of any true gamer - ThePortableGamer.com
Air Master 3D is quite a little gem hidden among the App Store clutter ... clever features and nearly flawless controls - AppSmile.com
Air Master 3D is a fine addition to the Sci Fi Flying genre. It’s one of the first games that really gave me a good sense of flying and the shooting worked perfectly. I feel like a kid all over again - appVersity.com
Great game - Dog fights can get fast paced but are still easy to keep up with - Endlessly
Great - Simple controls immersive gameplay. In seconds in was totally engrossed. - Askme233
You are the last Air Master, humanity's only hope against an unstoppable alien threat! Make your way to the alien homeworld, destroying everything in your path across five planets.
-True 3D flight
-Tilt and rotate to fly your plane with the accelerometer
-Touch the screen to shoot and control your speed
-Procedural levels make each game different
-HUD with artificial horizon and enemy tracking
-Custom level mode lets you easily set up battles beyond the included levels
Air Master 3D combines arcade action with the iPhone's tilt controls and a 3D battlefield, resulting in a fun and fast-paced flight combat game!
What's New in Version 1.9-Added asteroids space level
-Added skies to all levels
-Detect tilt out of range and prompt to calibrate controls
-Volume slider added to options menu