Let the fun fly with MiniSquadron!

by Tim McLain

Immelmann's and Cuban Eights anyone? Run, don’t walk to the Android marketplace to snag this loopy, luscious arcade shooter featuring 50 fabulous mini-planes and eight levels of crazy-fun combat.

Sporting wifi multi-player ability, and coming in under two bucks for the full version, MiniSquadron! successfully boils down the flight sim experience into a 2D side-scroller with flawless multi-touch controls. In fact, the easy control scheme will keep your plane flying right, and if you hit the sides, no worries – you automatically loop back into the playing field.

That said, there are some interesting tactics that will help you survive and thrive in the skies. Note that you can fly higher and higher; fly too high and you'll stall. Dive and pull up to recover. Notice, though, that pursuing enemies will do the same! Use this to your advantage and you'll be rising through the ranks and earning upgrades and points that much faster.

In fact, later levels offer tons of silly-fun laser beams, cluster bombs, missiles and more. These tend to cause considerable friendly fire among your AI foes, and adds some comic relief to the mayhem at times.

So blast everything in sight, enjoy the crash and burn destruction effects, and revel in each unlocked plane and gadget. There are many hours of gameplay waiting for you in this welcome addition to the Android marketplace collection of quality games, so what are you waiting for?