After Burner Climax Review
- Provides enough optional 'helpers' to enhance the experience for a casual audience; players get to choose how brutal the challenge is.
- Plenty of alternative routes, missions, and even Score Attack to keep fans busy beyond the basic Arcade mode.
- Generally poorly suited to smaller screens; as it is, spotting planes can be hard... squinting to even make out the red triangles is problematic.
- Chaotic gameplay quickly wears out its welcome.
After Burner Climax is to gaming, what giant piles of random bits of candy are to desert; they both provide a short burst of joy and can be ever so sweet, but without more structure it quickly loses its flavor.
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I'll readily admit that I have next to no idea what I'm doing when I play After Burner. In just about every instance I've simply done the best I can and never sweated the details. After Burner Climax was designed to punish such 'casual' mindsets - it was, after all, an Arcade title - but the iOS release has a leniency to it that actually makes the chaos more of an amusing distraction than a brutal smokescreen for the unrelenting enemy.
Whether you jump in with the touch or tilt based controls, the feel of the game is decidedly twitchy. Swing back and forth and you'll perform a barrel-roll, avoiding some of the incoming fire and enemies pinning you down from behind; activate 'Climax' mode and you'll decimate the enemy in a shower of missiles.
Initially the game presents a very vanilla, straight-from-Arcade port of its game and for many that will be enough. It's challenging, it's high-impact and surviving until the end feels genuinely rewarding as you'll have survived massive hit-squads and death-defying tunnel chases to get there. However if you're like me you'll appreciate the 'cheats' that unlock as you progress through the game.
They're not actually cheats though, but increasing the amount of credits on offer; engaging auto-fire; making the aiming reticule larger; these are all things that amount to crippling the game's difficulty curve so you can at least hang in there until the end.
However, the game's chaotic nature eventually takes its toll and unless you're a deft hand at spotting pin-prick sized clusters of pixels that announce incoming planes, you'll eventually get tired of what's on offer.
That's not to say the game is ugly either - it does its best to bring the Arcade title to a mobile device, but the tiny screen does nothing to help when it comes to precise and intuitive aiming.
If After Burner has always been one of your favorites, there's nothing wrong with checking this title out - however if you need your games to be a bit more structured, you might want to look elsewhere.
DescriptionTake to the skies and experience blazing speeds in the World’s fastest fighter jets!
What the media is saying:
"One of the best action titles for iPhone and iPad" - Modojo.com
"its the best we've seen in the genre" - Gamezebo.com
"The production values are out of this world" - Toucharcade.com
After Burner Climax is fast and frantic arcade-style action, putting you in the cockpit of the world’s fastest fighter plane. Dodge planes, rockets and bullets while trying to target multiple on-screen enemy aircraft. Built for all skill levels, everyone will be able to take to the skies and blaze through a branching storyline of over 20 stages. Unlock achievements along the way to activate exclusive power ups using your experience and expertise.
THE WORLDS FASTEST FIGHTER JETS
-Select from the F-14D Super Tomcat by Northrop Grumman, the F-15E Strike Eagle or F/A-18E Super Hornet by Boeing.
-Personalize your plane with 4 different paint jobs including: standard paint, camouflage, special paint and low visibility
BARREL THROUGH 20+ SKYSCAPES
-Pilot through beautiful picture-esque escapes from volcanos to jungles to ice caps
-Discover secret levels through meeting hidden criteria
-Replay to satisfy your inner pilot as you master levels to unlock power ups and race to the top of leaderboards
BREAK THE SOUND BARRIER IN 3 MODES
-ARCADE MODE: Discover the thrill of EX OPTIONS as you unlock the power of your arsenal and other power-ups such as unlimited lives and continues, auto lock-on and persistent Climax Mode
-SCORE ATTACK MODE: Compete with other Jetsetters globally and fly to the top of over 60 Leaderboards and Achievements
-CLIMAX MODE: When your Climax Gauge is full, time will slow down and your lock-on cursor will expand. This is your chance to lock on to enemies en masse and take them all down at once!
-Retina Display on iPhone 4/4S/5 and iPad 3rd and 4th Gen
-iPad Mini Support