Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

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If you grew up in the 80s, then chances are you saw Top Gun and sought to model yourself on Tom Cruise’s all-American fighter pilot hero Maverick. I certainly did and wanted desperately to ride a motorbike, serenade girls in bars, play beach volleyball in homoerotic slow motion and dogfight like a maniac over disputed international waters. Sadly, to date I have not managed to achieve all of these goals. In fact, to be perfectly honest, I have managed precisely none.

Until now. Air Supremacy puts you in the cockpit of some of the most advanced fighter jets on the planet, screaming through the skies, battling high-tech foes. The game is a shot of pure adrenaline, and actually feels impressively accurate (you know, if my imagination of what dogfighting it like is anything to go by).

Aspects of Air Supremacy are a bit of a mess. The dialogue can be a bit ropey and the comic book plot scenes seem out of place with the realistic visuals of the game itself.

Everything about the look of the game is beautiful though, from your afterburners flecking the screen with ash as you break through the sound barrier, to the way missiles stream trails of smoke as they careen towards the enemy.

The handling of the game is great too, with four different control options. I opted for the fixed control pad, which offers the least assistance and spent much of my first half hour crashing, stalling and swearing. But now it feels like second nature. The game has plenty of different modes, with comprehensive online multiplayer, as well as the straightforward campaign and quick sorties.

If you always wanted to be Top Gun but didn’t like heights, suffered from motion sickness or had pacifist parents, then Sky Gamblers may be for you.

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Publisher: Namco Networks America Inc Games
Platform: iOS
Age: 12+
Price: £2.99

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