AirAttack HD

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Military air combat shooter makes good use of iPad's tilt.

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Ease of Play

AirAttack's controls are intuitive and easy to pick up, taking advantage of the iPad's gyroscope. Since your plane fires automatically, you only need to worry about navigation and deciding when to drop bombs. The boss fights at the end of each level are very challenging, however, and could frustrate some players. 


The pilot of your plane never takes his finger off of the fire button and never runs out of bombs to drop. The objective is pretty straight-forward, destroy everything you can. You will shoot down planes, ships, bridges, and buildings.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that AirAttack HD is a throwback to arcade shoot-em-up games that were popular in the late 1980s and mid-90s. As the name implies, you do little other than destroy other planes, ships, bridges, and buildings. There is some Nazi imagery in the game, but you play the part of the Allies, destroying those buildings and fortresses. It's a game that requires good reflexes and lots of concentration -- and could cause players to become frustrated, as certain areas are particularly difficult. 

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Is it any good?

AIRATTACK HD is the best air combat shooter in the App store. Anyone who enjoyed Capcom's arcade standard 1942 (or any of its follow-ups) will instantly recognize its style and appreciate the similarities. Its eight missions will keep people entertained for a long time -- and are different enough from each other to prevent any feelings of repetition. While sections are a bit overly difficult, the game lets you pick up from your last checkpoint, so there's never a real penalty for losing. Developer Art in Games also put together a stirring orchestral soundtrack to add to the immersion. The lack of an online leader board is a bit disappointing, but it's a minor complaint for a game this well made. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: July 29, 2010
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Publisher: Art in Games
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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