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Review: Sky Fighter

Posted by on November 2nd, 2010 | 3 Comments | Tags: , ,

Developer: Tik Games
Publisher: Creat Studios
Release Date: September 22 2010
Availability:
Price: €9.99 | £7.99 | $9.99
Demo: No
Players: 1-8 (Local only)
Rating: Everyone

What I Liked:
Charming presentation
Simple, fun gameplay
Variety of modes and ways to play

What I Disliked:
Very little depth
Incredibly hard at points. Make sure you turn the difficulty down

Sky Fighter feels like a game from a time long since passed. Creat Studios’ 11th PSN title brings with is a charming set of ideas, and tight core gameplay, making Sky Fighter the most fun I’ve had with an air combat game for quite some time.

The game takes place in an “alternate universe”, where a mysterious empire wants to take over the world. You are of course tasked with saving said world, and making it back to base in time for tea and biscuits. Sky Fighter’s controls are elegant, without becoming overwhelming, and the core game itself is solid, and at times unforgiving. You’ll know that you messed up when you take a nosedive into the ground, and you’ll feel sheer joy when you down 10 fighters in a row in an impressive feat of aerial acrobatics.  The fact that the entire game plays out on a 2D backdrop helps too, as it is extremely easy to perform complex manoeuvres when you only have 2 dimensions to worry about.

Sky Fighter gives you a respectable amount of content to play with too, with a decent number of missions, air combat drills, and an 8-player dogfight mode, which will certainly keep a number of players busy for quite some time. It is worth mentioning that the game contains a variety of difficulty levels, but I found myself dropping down to the easiest one, as it was the only one that provided what I would class as a fun experience (i.e. not being shot out of the sky every few minutes), so bear that in mind. You’ll certainly get a challenge from the other difficulty options though, so be sure of that, if you’re up for a challenge.

However, if there is one area where Sky Fighter truly soars, it’s the presentation. With an assortment of melodies that sound like they were ripped from a World War 2 propaganda film, and bright, clean graphics, Sky Fighter really is a joy to behold.

If I were to sum up Sky Fighter is 3 words, they would be “Good, Honest Fun.” The game knows exactly what it wants to be, and succeeds admirably in doing so. If you’re up for a challenge, and love your aerial combat, then you can’t go wrong with Sky Fighter.

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