Back when I was a kid (many moons ago), we used to play a bunk bed-based, After Burner-inspired game, wherein the kid on top would dangle a Hoover extension, and – in order to successfully “refuel” – the kid below would have to catch said extension in his mouth. It’s a wonder we all have wives and girlfriends.
Anyway! After Burner Climax is kicking up somewhat of a storm on the App Store, and I’m glad to say there’s no obligation to stick anything in your mouth – Hoover extension or otherwise.
After Burner Climax is very much an on-the-rails arcade game. If you’re looking for precision flying, you’re in the wrong place, buddy.
With your left thumb, you control your chosen fighter jet (there are three available, with various skins), while your right thumb controls guns, missiles and speed.
Unleash Climax mode, and you’ll slow down time and expand the lock-on cursor, allowing you to take out enemies en masse.
There are a couple of modes in After Burner Climax, namely Arcade and Score Attack. In either case, you’re looking at roughly 10 minutes to blast your way through to the end.
The Arcade mode in particular offers abundant replay value with its EX Options. For example, shoot down a total of 50 enemies with the gun and you get the option to increase gun power. Clear 3 Emergency Orders (which usually entails shooting down a particular target) and you unlock auto-gun. There are 35 in total.
As for Score Attack, the touch controls aren't exactly conducive to carrying out super-precise movements, so I didn’t spend a great deal of time there.
Gripes? There were times in After Burner Climax when I felt I’d missed almost everything, only to learn that I’d hit 75%+ of enemies. It’s quite hard to tell what’s going on sometimes.
Indeed, a little research reveals that the 2006 After Burner Climax arcade unit was kitted out with massive speakers, while the unit itself used to spin around and stuff. Clearly, much of that experience is lost on the iOS version.
It’s also quite tough to pull off the barrel roll, and that goes for touch and accelerometer controls.
On the plus side, After Burner Climax zips along at an impressive rate, and there’s a suitably over the top J-Rock soundtrack.
On the whole, I didn’t enjoy After Burner Climax as much as I’d hoped, but even at £1.99, I’d still recommend checking it out. There’s something quite endearing about the balls-out arcadeness.
- Runs very well
- The soundtrack
- Lots of EX Options
- Unashamedly arcadey
- Quite hard to pull off the barrel roll
- Hard to tell what’s going on at times
Summary: After Burner Climax offers high-octane arcade thrills in abundance. A flight simulator this is not.
Price: £1.99 @ App Store
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 5.0 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.