I love shmups (shoot ‘em ups), though I’m not keen on that nickname. There have actually been some pretty sharp shooters on the iPhone, but I still hadn’t found that one yet that I could constantly refer back to, much like I used to do with Claygun when writing about Pocket PC shmups. The time has finally arrived, however, for a game to take that place of honor, and that game is AirAttack. No game is perfect, but this is certainly the most well rounded, enjoyable shmup experience I’ve had on my iPod Touch to date.
This week was almost a better one for iPad releases / ports than iPhone offerings, but there were still some solid looking titles on both fronts. For you tower defense fans comes one of the biggest science fiction licenses in the world – Star Wars: Battle For Hoth. I personally can think of some better uses for the property (where’s our iPhone version of Pod racing?), but I will admit that the thought of fighting AT-ATs is always intriguing. If you like scrolling shooters then you’re in for a treat, as one of my favorites in this genre has finally received a full version. Air Attack puts you in some serious 3D shmup combat, including taking on a pretty defensive castle. If you’re looking for a game with some unique play mechanics, check out Spider: Bryce Manor HD. The iPhone version was great, so I’d expect nothing less from the iPad port.