TOP GUN Review
- Publisher: Paramount Digital Entertainment
- Genre: Adventure
- Released: 5 May, 2009
- Size: 154.2 MB
- Price: $1.99
- Great soundtrack featuring a number of classic tracks from the film.
- The in game graphics and visuals are very well done.
- The control system is finicky; the game is still playable but it’s not as smooth as you’d expect.
- The hand drawn cut-scenes look quite bad.
- The constant throwbacks to the movies get a bit cheesy after a while. Eg. During first conversation to ‘Iceman’, “You’re dangerous!”
Top Gun offers players an enjoyable, if not at times cheesy, throwback to the 1986 film of the same name, thankfully without a sweaty, shirtless volleyball mini-game.
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Top Gun is an arcade style flight shooter taking place after the events of the 1986 fighter pilot feature film of the same name. You are a new recruit under training from Maverick and Iceman who are now teachers at the Top Gun Academy. You must go on various missions in order to rise up the ranks and complete your training.
Players control their plane by tilting the iPhone to move and tapping the fire buttons to attack enemy planes. You will also need to navigate and avoid enemy missiles and attacks by flying away from the ‘Danger Zone’ on-screen displays. The controls are simple enough but the tilt sensitivity may give you some issues when playing.
The in game visuals are very well done but the same cannot be said for the crude hand drawn cut-scenes. The soundtrack is fantastic, employing a number of tracks from the film itself, and although they’re covers, they’ll still send a tingle down your spine. The game features the one main story mode but players will spend ages trying to unlock all the game achievements.
Top Gun is, for the most part, a cash in on the film 23 years later but damned if it isn’t enjoyable. The control sensitivity may be your only major bother here but won’t detract from gameplay too much. Overall, the mix of fast paced gameplay, great soundtrack and at times, groanable throwbacks to the film make the game surprisingly fun to play through. And at the current price, is reasonable for a ride into the DANGER ZONE!
Description"#2 iPhone Game of 2009....superb game design...brought out the loving feeling in us." Top10.co.uk
"...flying through a couple of levels of the slick new iPhone game is certain to take your breath away." - PocketGamer.co.uk
"The controls are responsive and natural..." - IGN Wireless
"I loved it. I think it’s a very fresh take on dog fighting in planes." – iPhoneGamesNetwork.com
"We spent some time with the title and found the game to be very impressive. The 3D animation is glass smooth and the accelerometer controls are highly responsive and feel 'just right.' Anyone who enjoys a quality non-simulation flying game is in for a treat." – TouchArcade.com
Defend the skies in the most authentic first person jet shooter game on the iPhone and iPod Touch! Attempt to become one of the few to survive the “Highway to the Danger Zone”! Shoot down enemy jets, dodge incoming air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, navigate dangerous environments and obliterate the enemy's air power.
You are a new recruit under the guidance and training of Maverick and Iceman, now teachers at the Top Gun Academy. A new, hostile Communist threat has begun encroaching upon our Naval space, and it is up to you to fend off these unfriendly bogies in your supersonic fighter jet.
•Strap Yourself In – And scream through the skies in either a fighter jet or a stealth bomber.
•Torch Your Enemy With Heavy Firepower – Fire target-locking missiles or strafe enemy positions and aircraft with Vulcan cannons.
•Avoid The Danger Zone – Incoming air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles as well as aerial and ground-based obstacles create multiple "Danger Zones" that must be avoided.
•Progress Through 10 In-Depth Missions – In a variety of environments, including oceans, deserts, canyons and city centers.
•Earn Medals and Achievements – While progressing through each mission.
•Blast To The Beat – Fly and battle to “Danger Zone” and other hard-hitting tracks.
•Customizable Handles – Create any moniker: Maverick, Iceman, Goose, Merlin, etc.
•Classified Files Inside – featuring unlockable content and Easter eggs.
Relive the excitement and adrenaline from the hit motion picture and be sure to own or rent the film at:
What's New in Version 1.3The changes in this version are:
1. Full iOS 4 Multitasking Support
2. iOS 4 improvements and stability
3. Adds Plus+ Functionality for Leaderboards, Awards and more!
4. Incentive for players to look at Top Gun 2 via an in-game link because it will unlock a new jet and Afterburner feature in Top Gun 1
5. Performance improvements and bug fixes.