Remember that WWII themed 1984 classic from Capcom, 1942, where you fly a plane, dodge enemy fire and blast your way through enemy fighters and bosses? Pocket Dogfights, by Zerobytes, is an impressive combination of retro-inspired gaming and state-of-the-art mobile technology.
Like many scrolling action titles from the 80s and beyond, Pocket Dogfights is a challenging game of skill and opportunity. You pilot what looks like a Spitfire and must survive wave after wave of hostile aircraft.
Each wave is punctuated by facing off against a cumbersome plane of massive proportions that can spray a barrage of shells from the front and let rip with a stream of bullets from their tail guns.
This mobile application makes excellent use of the touchscreen. Swipe the display to change direction and repeatedly tap to fire your twin machineguns.
These controls do take some getting used to and can make aerial combat frustrating. However, tense dogfighting is the name of the game and only makes the experience more enjoyable.
Your plane can be destroyed after several hits so you must be cautious when engaging the enemy. Instead of flying directly into trouble try and manage a balancing act of cat and mouse to lure baddies into your kill zone. The freedom to bank in any direction is awesome.
You have a small radar on your heads-up display, which is perfect for forward planning. When you gun down a foe they explode. If you are lucky a spinning upgrade box will be left behind for the taking.
Some of these upgrades include repair, boost and limited, but powerful, ammunition. Boost can be a blessing and a curse because there is a higher chance of colliding with an on object in the sky which will result in game over.
The music is fitting and the visuals are stunning. Those beautiful green paddocks in addition to all of the other features adds an aesthetic touch to a well polished and top quality production.
Support local game development and compete for the highest score among your friends. Pocket Dogfights is an addictive diversion, which is available now on Android (via Google Play) and iOS.