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SkySmash 1918 Review

By Damian Chiappara, on September 29, 2009


SkySmash 1918
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PROS

  • The game’s controls are simple and easy to use.
  • The 2D top down visuals look great and are incredibly detailed.
  • Old British sayings like “Jolly Good” and “Splendid” pop up after destroying a series of enemy planes or tanks.

CONS

  • Only 9 levels to play through leave the game as a short experience.

VERDICT

If you’re looking for a fun vintage twist on some top down shooter gameplay then SkySmash 1918 is a worthwhile purchase at its current price.


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If you're a fan of the old Galaga style vertical shooter, then you'll love SkySmash 1918. What sets this game apart other games of this genre is the era; set in 1918, it encompasses WWI and it's frantic airborne dogfights. You play as an English fighter pilot and must shoot down a myriad of enemy planes, anti-air guns,and other vehicles in an effort to end the war.

Players control their planes movement by dragging their finger around the screen to fly and dodge incoming projectiles. Shooting is automatic so you will need to focus on movement in order to destroy enemy vehicles. Players can also collect weapons upgrades and other bonuses scattered around the battlefield in order to cope with the increasing enemy attacks.

The visuals are standout in this game and are presented in great detail, despite being in 2D. Players are unable to use their iPod during gameplay but the Hogan's Heroes style music adds to the overall atmosphere. The game is single player only and has one main game mode with no leaderboard options.

SkySmash 1918 is a great throwback to the old arcade, vertical shooting games. The gameplay is addictive and while there are only 9 levels to play through, the replay value is high. This is a challenging and enjoyable title and additions like the use of old English sayings mid battle are a real blast. Pip Pip, Cheerio!

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