Ace Combat Xi Skies of Incursion within striking distance of App Store debut

Flight combat fans get ready, Namco’s port of the critically acclaimed Ace Combat: Skies of Deception is approaching at mach speed and headed for an explosive landing (?) in App Store territory this winter. Appbank have taken a look at a development version whose pristine graphics according to some, eclipse the PSP version. It will sport accelerometer/touch controls, loads of explosions, and anime.

Screenies and newly released video after the gap:

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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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Wings 2: Flight Simulator Experience in Review – Not Really Flying…

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When I heard about Wings 2: Flight Simulator Experience and saw some of the screenshots on iTunes, I had high expectations; the graphics were amazing!! It was like the screenshots were taken from a PSP or a PS2 even; just by showing me the graphics on a webpage it could never convince me that Wings 2 was a mobile phone grade application. I then immediately wanted to test it out, to see how great the program was.
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