The latest in the iBomber series, iBomber Attack ($2.99), by Chillingo Ltd is a dual-stick shooter that will have you blasting your way with a tank. Nothing can beat driving a powerful, hulking tank around and blowing things up, right?
For those who didn't already know, iBomber was a game that came out in 2009. It was a fun game that allowed you to drop bombs upon your enemies. Then it went from attacking to defending in iBomber Defense, which was also a hit. And now we are back on the offensive, with iBomber Attack.
The first thing you need to know is the fact that this game features gorgeous, rich visuals. And if you have an iPhone 5, prepare to be blown away by the optimization. There is also militant music that will definitely put you in the mood to lay waste to your enemies, which is pretty much everything else on the screen. I love the graphics in the game, but I do notice that it takes a moment or two before levels load up — I kind of wish it was faster, but it’s not that big of a deal.
The game takes place in Europe, with a full on war taking place. However, it’s just you and your tank versus many opponents — you’re outnumbered. Fortunately, tanks can handle themselves for quite some time. You will have to go through 24 levels of firepower action, taking down whatever stands in your path. Each level will have a primary objective for you to complete, which you can see while the level loads up. There is also a secondary objective that is optional, but you will earn more rewards for completing it. Once you finish the goals, head towards the exit area on the map. If you are ever lost about what you have to do, just tap on the compass in the corner to bring up the level map and objective list.
As you defeat enemies, they will sometimes drop gold pieces that you should collect to buy upgrades and other items. Make sure to break crates and other things in the environment in order to get medical kits, money, ammo, and other power-ups. You also earn “Victory Points” after each successful mission, which can be used to upgrade your firepower and defense. You should invest these points into attributes wisely, because you only have so much of them.
Controls are what you’d expect from a dual-stick shooter: on the left will be the movement joystick, and the right one allows you to aim and fire. It’s extremely smooth to control your tank, so I had no problems at all. You will earn stars on levels depending on how well you do, and there are two difficulty levels: Easy and Not So Easy. Did I mention that you will get a better rank if you actually cause more destruction? So don’t be shy — blast away!
The game supports Game Center for achievements only, since there aren’t exactly any scores to get. Even though there are only 12 achievements, it will be difficult to get them all, so it’s something that will keep you playing the game for a while.
So far, I’ve been enjoying my time with iBomber Attack. The only thing I wish to see improved are the loading times. Even with my iPhone 5, I feel that it takes longer than it should. Hopefully this can be enhanced in the future.
If you are a fan of destruction, blowing things up, and dual-stick shooters, then I highly recommend checking out iBomber Attack. It sticks to the original formula of the classic, except it takes place on land instead of air. Want to try it out for yourself? Then you can grab it for $2.99 in the App Store for your iPhone and iPad.