"Play the best Air Combat game in the App Store!"
Heh. With arrogant blurb like this, I'm afraid that Apache Air Strike is asking for a severe spanking to within an inch of its miserable life. And thankfully this repetitive, ugly and lacklustre app is bad enough to make my job really... really... easy.
Apache Air Strike is a scrolling shooter that tasks players with controlling a poorly-detailed helicopter as it faces off against a limited selection of airborne foes (58 variations of almost identical choppers, planes and boats).
These copy-pasted enemies attack in tiny waves; deploying an amateurish smattering of projectiles that only provide a challenge because your own weapon systems are limp and pathetic regardless of how many upgrades you collect.
I thought that Apaches were supposed to be the ultimate war machines. I thought wrong.
And then, just when you're reaching desperately for the home button, a bland boss shows up and either kills you outright or engages in a hopelessly dull war of attrition. Frankly, I'm amazed that a developer has been able to take high velocity aerial combat and make it so utterly, painfully uninteresting. It's actually an impressive achievement if you think about it.
The touch controls work fairly well, though they amplify hand movements by a factor of about 2:1. You'll get used to it if you play the damn thing long enough. Which I wouldn't recommend.
Oh, and don't bother getting this 'universal' app on the iPad. The recycled backdrops and low-resolution sprites are dated and ugly on the iPhone's smaller screen, let alone a tablet. I've seen countless free app-supported games that look better and are infinitely more fun to boot.
- Helicopters are awesome...
- ...but you'll probably hate them after playing this
- Awful graphics
- Repetitive, dull, bland gameplay
Summary: Apache Air Strike is not the "best air combat game in the App Store."
Developer: Al Khawarizimisoft
Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Price: £0.69 - App Store