Developer: Liberty Technologia Sp. z o.o.
Price: $1.99 Download on the App Store
The iPhone and iPad have opened up an entire new world for gaming over the past few years and as their processing power and graphics have improved so have the games being developed for them. One such game that shows off stellar graphics that really pop off the screen is Jet Raiders, a flying adventure through detailed and beautifully crafted levels.
Top-down shooters are a joy to me. I've always been a huge fan of of flying, shooting and blowing up things so naturally, I'm already a big fan of Jet Raiders and I don't think I'll be alone on this one.
You can always tell when the developers put a lot of time and effort into the game when all those little details such as shadows changing with light, the way objects explode or the ease of maneuverability make your gaming experience that much better. And sure, it's just details, but in my opinion, there are a lot of games on the App Store that didn't pay attention to the details and they are subpar, no matter how much potential they had.
The point of Jet Raiders is, you guessed it, fly through the levels and blow things up such as boxes that are power-ups or a bogey on your six, wait, your 12, since everything is in front of you. Along the way you'll also have to pick up fuel to keep you going.
Jet Raiders includes a few different modes to play, including Classic, Infinity and Time Attack. My favorite was Classic since it's a combination of mission style play and sort of time attack since the point is to cross the finish line. Of course, Time Attack brings a bit of thrill by testing your flying prowess when the adrenaline starts pumping and those final seconds are ticking down showing your rapid rate of fuel consumption.
As for controls, Jet Raiders does a good job of implementing simple mechanics. Tilt your device for steering or use touch to move from side to side. I preferred tilt as it just seemed more natural. Oh, and quick tip, to do a barrel roll in Jet Raiders swipe quickly to the left or right and watch your raider do a little air dance.
Jet Raiders is a solid top-down shooter with amazing graphics that almost outshine the gameplay. Luckily, it's beautiful and fun to play and will have casual and hardcore gamers wanting to become flyboys.