Armageddon Squadron puts you in charge of a WWII plane tasked with seeing off wave upon wave of enemy planes and ground targets. It’s a dogfighting sim with a difference, though, thanks to the presence of a neat online multiplayer mode that firmly elevates it above the riff-raff and shouts ‘Tally-ho’ to its rivals. Sorry. It’s a plane game… We couldn’t resist.
You control your plane using the phone’s accelerometer, which you’re taught extremely proficiently by the game’s tutorial mode. One oddity is that you’re asked to press the triangle or square buttons to perform certain tasks. Obviously since you’re playing on a touchscreen, you have no such buttons and, before you all email in suggesting the game is referring to virtual buttons, it isn’t. So there. And why, pray, does it talk of buttons? Well, it’s because Armageddon Squadron has been optimised for Xperia Play. ‘Optimised’ being the key word, we touchscreen/no hardware gamers can still get our airborne kicks here.
In any case, if you studiously ignore its calls to hit said buttons, it’s fairly easy to figure out that you can achieve much the same effect by simply tapping on the in-game icons. Problem solved.
So once you’ve mastered the control method you’re thrown straight into action against enemy planes an ground targets. Cycling through rockets, machine guns and bombs you’ll find that the game’s auto-aim makes short work of airborne targets (a good thing considering how adept they are at hitting you) but leaves you to your own devices when it comes to bumping off ground targets. That said, you’re given a fairly wide area with which to hit objects on terra firma, which makes that a little easier.
Online play is a blast, obviously you’ll need to be in range of a wireless network to make it playable, but we managed to while away many an hour during which we got our Android butt handed to us on more than one occasion.
Graphically, Armageddon Squadron acquits itself perfectly well. It doesn’t exactly wow, but nor does it disappoint, it just goes about its business in an attractive but not overtly beautiful way.
The single player game itself is arguably a little short, but Armageddon Squadron represents a shift in gaming in general away from single player campaigns toward multiplayer longevity.
A big bag of rocket-firing, machine gun-blasting, bomb-dropping fun that’ll keep you coming back thanks to that online multiplayer feature.
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The Bottom Line
Despite favouring one specific phone model, Armageddon Squadron still delivers kicks aplenty for the rest of us, provided you’re lucky enough to be in possession of a well-specced phone. The multiplayer feature will keep you coming back time and time again.
Version reviewed 1.0.8
Requires Android 1.5 or higher