Release Date:Â March 15, 2012
Requirements:Â Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
LinkÂ to app
TiP Rating: 5/5 Stars
App Store Description:
FORGET EVERYTHING YOUâ€™VE PLAYED! THIS IS THE ULTIMATE AIR COMBAT GAME that’s taking the world by storm! Designed with the latest iOS technology and features, Air Supremacy is a never-before-seen 3D experience. With an extensive single player campaign and revolutionary multiplayer modes, the non-stop action will keep you at the edge of your seat!
Simply put: Sky Gamblers is the most incredible game I’ve ever played on iPad. Taking full advantage of the new tablet’s Retina display, it throws down the gauntlet, challenging every other game developer out there to match it.
I’ve never been a fan of flight simulation games. Sure, the best ones have always impressed me with their great graphics and lifelikeness, but playing them was a nightmare. I always found controlling the plane too difficult, and landing them filled me with dread. Not so with Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy. Thanks to the 4 different modes of control, it can be as easy or as difficult as you like. You have the option to steer using an onscreen joystick, the accelerometer or both (for advanced flyers). In the settings you can also choose to invert the Y axis – way too confusing for newbies like me, but, great nonetheless. There are also the usual options: changing sound levels, accelerometer sensitivity etc. All of which are situated in a very well polished menu system.
There are different game options for all kinds of players. There’s a quick match option for those with shorter attention spans and multiplayer for the indoor-loving socialites. Hit “play” and you have Tutorials, Campaign, Dogfight Missions, Survival, Free for All, Team Death Match, Capture the Flag and Defend the Base. A stunning array of modes, considering you’re only paying $5 for the privilege. To play, use the control methods mentioned above, plus a few more onscreen virtual buttons. And although there a few different icons, to accelerate, break, shoot, launch missiles and flares, they don’t get in the way.
To the main attraction: Graphics. In order to be considered an unmissable app for the new iPad, it’s got to look incredible, and it does. The visuals are second to none and – like the content – rivals console games. It’s not just the gameplay that looks great. The interstitial comic book style stories compete with actual bespoke digital comics, and show that the developers have put a lot of time and effort in to ensuring that every part of the app looks fantastic. It’s incredibly playable too. When you’ve chosen the method of play that suits you best, it takes a mission or two to get you hooked, but once you’re in, you’re in all the way. It sucks you in, and reignites those dreams you had as a kid that one day you’d be a fighter pilot. Stick your headphones in, and you’re sucked in even further. The sound effects and soundtrack have been designed perfectly to suit the game. The rocky music with heavy lead guitar and driving drum beat egg you on to start the next mission.
Simply put, this game is incredible. I’ve paid twice as much for games that are half as good. I’ve never been so impressed by anything on iPad before, the level of awe even surpasses that which I felt for the Infinity Blade series. Not having this game on your iPad, is tantamount to not having ketchup on your hotdog. It’s not obligatory, but it is completely necessary.