Aera finally takes flight

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Aera, which caught our eyes 7 Sept has flown the coop to some pretty good reviews at the App Store and is waiting in the wings for another good review. Connor, here at TMA will be doing a formal review soon, but in the meantime, he has leaked some preliminary impressions:

If F.A.S.T. seems intimidating and you want a fun, casual flight / air combat sim, Aera could be what you’re looking for. The controls take a bit of getting used to, but once you get them down, you’re off. Aera is a 2D flight sim, so don’t expect Microsoft flight simulator realism. Get ready for a fun, operational flight sim.

iChromo, Aera, $2.99, 7.3 MB
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Aera expected to land in the App Store soon

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iChromo, developers of Aera, has sent us word that their upcoming “casual 2.5D flight simulator” has been submitted to the App Store and could land as early as this week. Designed exclusively for the iPhone/iPod Touch, Aera is a unique “flight sim” that will have players flying their planes in a linear path through beautifully rendered 3D environments.

The gameplay mechanics are a mix of side-scroller and flight simulator. You play in a real 3D environment and control the throttle and pitch of your plane, plus a couple more “Special” moves. It might sound too simple, but it’s not – advanced physics simulation allow you to perform very complex tricks and movements. With practice you will be able to master more and more fun maneuvers. This will allow you to use different tactics to complete each game mission. Also, with advancing through the game you will get faster and more powerful airplanes, better weapons, and you will face more challenging AI opponents.

While there are plenty of puzzlers, tower defenses and shooters (to name just a few) dominating the App Store gaming scene, we have yet to really see an a steady diet of fun flight sim titles for the iDevice. If the gameplay trailer of Aera is of any indication though, fans of the genre should be in for quite a treat when it’s released in the coming week(s). Gameplay video and more screenies after the break!

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3D Hunting™ Alaskan Hunt in Review – Finally A Chance To Release Your Inner Hunter

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Hunting games have always been one of my top 5 genres for arcade games. When I started noticing developers were making versions of hunting games for the iDevice, I began searching title after title to find something to satisfy my inner hunter. Thanks to Hands-On Mobile (publishers of the popular shooter Prey Invasion) I finally found what I was looking for.

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Tyrian in Review – Old school shooter gets back in touch

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Tyrian for iPod/iPhone is a revival of the 1994 cult classic shooter by Eclipse Productions. The game is based upon an open source version of the original called OpenTyrian. I should mention before getting into specifics that due to licensing differences, you will have to download some data files in addition to the app itself. This is perhaps due to the game’s use of files under a GPL license. The whole process only took about a minute on my wifi connection, so it shouldn’t take too long for most. So how does this classic shooter translate on the iDevice? Read on!

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Taxi Jam in Review – Think You Have What it Takes?

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In the busy streets of large cities such as New York, Paris, and Shanghai, many people rely on the transportation system to get around. When you miss that bus or subway, or if you’re just in a hurry, one of your other options is to take a taxi. Of course, on busy streets a taxi may not be the most efficient method of travel, but at least it comes to you and hopefully, you won’t have to wait too long.

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Galaxy on Fire in Review – In space no one hears you scream…

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…which is quite convenient since it’s highly unpopular to annoy your neighbours. This is especially true when they are a bunch if unfriendly aliens with big spaceships and the criminal energy of a entire drug cartel. Now, take into consideration that you just left the military and have only a handful of friends and a tiny spacecraft to defend yourself; you will see why it’s a wise move not to upset the neighbours. That is Galaxy on Fire in a nutshell.

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Lunar Module 3D in Review – Great way to remember Project Apollo’s 40th Anniversary!!

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It’s just such a coincidence that I received Lunar Module 3D during the week that Apollo XI landed on the Moon forty years ago. I have been reading, hearing and watching news and movie clips on this event for a number of weeks leading to the actual anniversary of the landing. What better way to celebrate than to digitally re-create what Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin did in this historic event.

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Forget GTA – Gangstar Cometh

While not exactly a GTA-clone, Gangstar is similarly stationed – a violent game involving crime, money, and lots of blood. The above video is courtesy of a TouchArcade preview the iPhone ‘port’ of the game. I use quotation marks because, as you will see, this ain’t exactly 2006′s Gangstar.

Unlike its direct competitors at the App Store: Payback and Car Jack Streets, Gangstar is a fully 360 degree free-camera 3D game which makes great use of the iDevices 3D processor.

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Artificial Life’s iSoccer Backstreet Promo Code Giveaway!

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For fans of the real football aka ‘soccer’, there is nothing more exciting than watching the Netherlands getting eaten by Sweden in the Euro Cup (??) or Celtic get their bums handed to them again – nothing. But then, that ain’t real football. That is spectator seating, bench barking, fat fanning, etc.. Real football happens on the streets, in the alleys and on pitches around the world – much like a new game (hint hint, wink wink, nudge nudge – say no more).

iSoccer Backstreet, a new game by Artificial Life, the geniuses behind iDroidsMania, comes at a great introductory price of 199 pennies, but its developers in benevolent wisdom, are giving away 20 promo codes. Check it out.

Artificial Life, iSoccer Backstreet, 1.99$, 53.0 MB
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Stand O’ Food in Review – You Can Makez Hamburger!

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Stand O’ Food is a restaurant based strategy game from renowned mobile game development studio G5 Entertainment. The premise of the game is fairly straight forward. You are a cook in a restaurant and it’s your job to fill the orders of each of your customers in a timely fashion. Although the idea of the game is simple, completing the task at hand may not be as easy.

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