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!