AirAttack HD shoots its way onto your Android device

by Tim McLain

If you're new to the AirAttack family of games, then you're in for a real treat. Fans of old-school titles, like 1943, will feel right at home, piloting their plane via an overhead view, and auto-firing a hail of ordnance at incoming enemies, both on the ground and in the air.

AirAttack HD Part 1 (free) and Part 2 (approx. $2.00) combine everything you like about arcade shooters and WWII-era flight sims, and takes them to the next level on your smartphone. Rich graphics and the best soundtrack of any arcade game in my library, combine with super-simple controls to offer an addictive "use your WW II-era plane to destroy all things Nazi in the air and ground" gaming experience you won't find anywhere else.

Dodge your enemies and their bullets, and grab floating coins, stars and upgrades to kit out your arsenal. Don't forget to take out the ground targets, all while looking down on a top-to-bottom scrolling battlefield.

Part 1 will get you hooked, with the $2.00 to pick up Part 2 a total no-brainer. The game is easy to pick up and play, and very hard to put down. Taken together, the two apps offer eight missions, a full complement of 58 baddies to destroy and tons of upgrades and special weapons that auto-equip when you fly into them along the way.

My favorite part: The eight end-of-level bosses. These crazy airships and ground targets are merciless in their attacks. You'll need to employ your very best dodge-and-hide technique honed over the years of playing similar Japanese-designed shooters to survive and thrive. Be sure to try all four control schemes — relative, tilt, touch and joypad — to get the very best gaming experience tailored to your preferences.

Move the big initial install to your SD card, and prepare for an afternoon of aerial combat like you've never experienced on your Android device!

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