Developer: Namco Networks America Inc. Games
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy is a hot new title that brings dogfights to an entire new level. Where most flight games miss, this one from Namco Bandai comes through in a big way. Sure, the story is a bit wonky and some of the off in the background visuals are nothing to write home about, but I for one am not big on storyline and when in the thick of it I'm focusing on the stunning graphics right in front of me. Plus, I just want action and this surpasses expectations and that, my friend, is something to write home about.
Air combat has always been a fantasy of mine. From the old dogfight movies to the new generation of flicks with CGI and truly unbelievable stunts, there is just something about it that is romantic, in a tough way. This is where Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy shines. The air-to-air combat is super intense and it amazes me that so much can be going on and somehow the game engine doesn't skip a beat. It truly brings a console like experience that I don't expect from mobile devices.
Visually, the in-air graphics are ridiculously well done and each fighter jet is a piece of art to the last detail. Even the surroundings are up there in quality... everything from clouds to realistic lighting and sun glare to day and night transitions. The game also boasts high definitely textures, improved anisotropic filtering, HDR rendering, radial blur, jet engine heat haze, refractive raindrops and lots more that makes you feel like you're actually there.
The campaign mode is nice, but where I spent most of my time was with the single-player options including Dogfight Missions, Survival, Free for All, Team Deathmatch, Capture the Flag and Defend the Base. The game server is quick, allows you to jump right in and always seems to have a lot of available games so there's no long waits for gamers to join.
Is Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy worth the $4.99 price tag? The short answer is yes, most definitely. The air combat genre was in need of a high quality fighting experience that not only provided intense combat, but also came through with a visually stunning experience and this game was no letdown. Veteran dogfighters will absolutely love the amount of control they have while newcomers will enjoy autopilot to get used to this genre before taking the training wheels off for the real thing.