The thrill of rushing through the air at many hundreds of miles per hour is just one of the reasons that Air Combat OL: Team Match is worth at least a few minutes of anyone’s time. This is an ideal game for jet game fans, not only because of the rich selection of over fifty prototype-loyal aircraft, but because of the challenge of facing off against other skilled players. There are several modes to experience here too, including VS mode and a career mode that has you progressing and rising through the technology tree of a variety of aircraft. This is a review covering details about the gameplay, as well as reporting on what are some of the most impressive graphics you’ll see in any mobile jet game today.
Fractal Combat X isn’t a game vying for the flight-sim spotlight. In fact, were “Flight Sim” to have featured anywhere in the brief when OYK Games were developing the game, it would have failed to meet this brief in spectacular fashion. However, this is the greatest strength of Fractal Combat X, a fighter pilot game so unashamedly silly and packed full of aerial-combat action that it’s difficult not to fall a tiny bit in love with its unbelievably fast pace and silly storyline involving aliens and gorgeous fractal landscapes. There are dozens of missions to enjoy, plenty of ever-changing landscapes to navigate, and a lot of arcade-style shooting to be done. Whether you’re a fan of this game ultimately depends on whether or not you’re a stickler for realism.
You may gather from the slightly flashy title that FoxOne’s gameplay is a little, let’s say jazzier than your average staid combat flight simulator. There’s no question that, in exchange for instant enjoyableness, one must sacrifice a certain degree of realism in the flight models. However, said degree of realism has, by the very limitations of mobile-based flight sims, already been jettisoned from the start. What FoxOne does with this extra leeway then, is to provide a well-balanced, action-centric flight simulator with nuances and nifty extras that many flight sims fail to provide. Expect realistic touch/motion controls and a high-fidelity flight simulator on the one hand, but as this review suggests, the developers aren’t exactly shy about framing the impressive realism within a more entertaining context of missions and even a storyline to boot.
SkyFox’s decision to release an Advanced Edition of the original (and well-received) FoxOne is surprisingly as far from an attempt at cashing in on an established franchise as one can get. The Advanced Edition manages to maintain the razor-sharp marriage between flight simulator and arcade-level enjoyment, whilst its developers ensured that this matrimony has had some serious improvements to the wedding gift list. Among these user-feedback-inspired improvements are additional modes of gameplay, shiny new aircraft, additional stages to enjoy, and two new visual perspectives. Such a merry program of nuptials makes for a substantially enjoyable mobile-based combat-flight-simulator experience, and its literal, figurative ups and downs are reviewed in detail here.
If you’ve played the original FoxOne then you know that it is an app that maintains quite the delicate balance between flight-sim realism and arcade-style features and upgrades. Aimed at existing fans of the series, FoxOne Special Missions serves as an augmentation to the already-popular FoxOne Saga. It’s a paid-for app that’s bursting with content from the outset. Expect a few refinements in gameplay, but the main difference between this app and its predecessors are the amount of content it provides. FoxOne Special Missions boasts a variety of new landscapes, additional paint schemes for your aircraft, and also new enemies to contend with across a variety of new stages.
When Rortos released Air Fighters Pro, it was essentially letting loose its app into the incredibly hostile skies of the mobile flight-sim world. Thankfully, after getting settled in to a few hours in its various cockpits, I’d be inclined to agree with the developers’ description of this being one of the most advanced flight simulators available for mobile. While other games, such as the FoxOne series, are aimed at the more casual player, Air Fighters Pro is a decidedly more realistic affair, offering a variety of different aircraft, some extremely well-executed controls, and quite uniquely, access to over 500 real-life airports situated across the world.
Air Navy Fighters is a combat flight simulator app that isn’t shy about giving its players some nicely detailed and realistic jet plane models to get their hands on. With planes such as the F/A 18 Super Hornet and the F-14 Tomcat, players can expect to get many hours of combat-flight bliss from the paid-for version of this app, which is noticeably less bug-laden than the advert-saturated “Lite” version. Each of the planes available in the app have a variety of missions that allow you to test each jet fighter to its limits, and let’s not forget the scenario builder, free-flight mode, and of course the glue that holds everything together: the advanced RORTOS flight engine that informs the highly realistic physics and flight models.
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Don’t purchase Gunship III if you’re looking for a quick-pick-up flight game with arcade-level combat. This is an app that’s serious about its combat flight simulation, offering players the opportunity to wrap their hands around a (virtual) joystick as you pilot a helicopter or fighter jet in the skies of the Vietnam war. Gunship III’s predecessors have been successful in carving out a niche of realistic combat-flight simulator games for mobile, and Gunship III’s sublime, high-fidelity cockpit models, realistic graphics, and unique Vietnamese setting make it one of the worthiest jet games to review since Digital Combat Simulator.
Phanotek’s original Gunship III allowed mobile thrill-seekers to experience the well-balanced yet realism-heavy flight-simulation of the series for themselves. Its action consists of flying a variety of missions in reasonably high-fidelity flight models of some of the helicopters and planes that flew during the Vietnam war. Now Phanotek’s Gunship III Vietnam War series has been taken one step further with this expansion pack. This expansion allows one to enjoy the gameplay of the original Gunship III Vietnam war whilst introducing some of the real-life aircraft flown by the Vietnamese forces. This review covers the core gameplay as well as the new airplane content, whilst also deliberating on the merits of dropping the £3.05 cost of the app itself.
Phanotek aren’t strangers to producing high-quality jet games, as their combat flight simulator series Gunship III has demonstrated over the years. The original Gunship III has seen many expansions, with the latest augmentation coming to the Vietnam series in the form of Gunship III U.S. Navy. Players will enjoy the usual high-fidelity aircraft and 3D cockpit models of Gunship III, only this expansion allows players to step into the cockpits of U.S. aircraft like the F-4B Phantom II. In addition to these new planes, players can also enjoy some seriously challenging landings made on the aircraft carriers of the U.S. Navy, and this review covers everything a prospective player needs to know about these landings, as well as the game in general.
Though one wouldn’t likely choose to enter into Phanotek’s combat flight simulator series Gunship III by going straight for an expansion pack like Gunship III Strike Package, this add-on to the series certainly has something to offer long-term fans. This Strike Package includes gameplay that is largely business as usual for the series: a reasonably realistic combat-flight simulator with tilt or touch controls, various missions to indulge in, and authentic models (both inside and out) of historical aircraft that actually flew in the Vietnam War. This expansion pack adds in extra aircraft: The F-5E, for example, as well as the F-105D, and the F-111A. The emphasis in this expansion is on quick striking and assault, and there are also additional promises of including the F-105G in the near future, too.