Who’s That Flying?! Review
- Publisher: Capcom Interactive, Inc.
- Genre: Entertainment
- Released: 28 Apr, 2011
- Size: 112.0 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Simple to learn gameplay with challenging gameplay.
- Unlockable endless and challenge modes for additional replay value.
- Smooth, detailed illustrated graphics.
- Control sensitivity hard to balance; a lot of fine-tweaking needed to feel comfortable.
- Game difficulty ramps up significantly after the second city.
Who's That Flying?! treads on a fine line between frustration and fun, providing the same tight challenge you get from a bullet-hell shooter without the need for eye-bleeding graphics or hundreds of on-screen enemies.
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Perhaps I'm a glutton for punishment or maybe there's something bizarrely attractive about its simple, clean presentation, but Who's That Flying?! by Mediatonic and Beeline Interactive is proving harder to put down than I first expected. Considering its difficulty level you'd naturally assume that time would only dull the experience, giving you more reasons to not load it up, but with each attempt you'll manage to claw your way to victory as Earth's super-powered defender.
Being a super-hero, it's somewhat difficult for you to die (in fact you're essentially invincible), though the citizens of the cities you're protecting certainly a little squishier and slowly deplete should you allow any of the minions that make up each attack wave to get past you. This is generally easy enough as you swipe or use virtual stick controls to zip around the screen, blasting these weaker minions in a single shot and unleashing super-powered attacks after racking up a large combo, however there is a hitch. Larger uglier enemies regularly act as blockades, absorbing shots and preventing you from killing the tiny minions while also stunning your character temporarily with a variety of attacks ranging from ramming you, shocking you and even coating you in goop.
At first there's not much to worry about as you can blunder your way through most levels by freely attacking everything on screen, but the game quickly ramps up and you'll need to time your attacks carefully to punish larger enemies while wiping out minions wholesale. Boss creatures add a much-needed change of pace at the end of each series of stages and are so large that the game actually zooms out to accommodate them.
These sorts of visual touches along with the friendly cartoonish illustrated style make the game easy to approach as you never feel lost as to what to do and it's simple enough to keep track of enemies (it's killing them that becomes a major concern). Should you manage to complete a city you'll unlock an Endless-mode variant for added replay value, though it's the challenge mode that will keep you coming back for more (just don't expect it to be a cake-walk).
Who's That Flying?! is charmingly cute, easy to learn and deliciously devious and utterly dastardly in its difficulty, putting it slightly out of range for the casual gamer, but a genuine boon for gamers who think they have the right stuff; worth checking out if you enjoy SHMUP titles.
DescriptionWho's That Flying?! is enjoyable, funny, and cute. - IGN
I highly suggest you check this out... - Touch Arcade
Who’s That Flying?! is one of those games that’s almost perfect for the iPhone. - Slide to Play
As the mysterious and powerful "Guardian of Earth" your steely eye and HYPER-POWERED LASER ARM have kept the citizens of Earth safe for generations (as well as proving a hit with the ladies).
With all your awesome TALENT and FLAIR, surely it would be IMPOSSIBLE for a devastating invasion of Doom Beasts to descend on your cities and cause havoc without your knowledge? (Even if you were MAYBE showboating for a magazine photo-shoot at the time...)
Now, you must not only defend your cities from the ravenous hordes of Doom Beasts - you must defend yourself against accusations of gross incompetence from the Galactic Council of Justice! And this is all BEFORE you can even start to get to the bottom of just who OR what is really behind the attacks...
• Story mode featuring 15 levels over 5 unique stages
• 5 gigantic boss battles
• 4 Infinite Mode Stages
• 24 Challenge Mode Stages
• 14 Bonus Magazine articles to unlock
• 12 Glittering Awards to discover
• OpenFeint Intergration
• Retina Graphics
Check out other awesome games from Capcom including Mega Man® II, Resident Evil®, Smurfs' Village, Capcom Arcade, Zombie Café™, Street Fighter® IV, Dead Rising, Devil May Cry refrain, and more.
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