Developer: Robocat&BLINDesign
Price: $0.99
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★½
Game Controls Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

101 Airborne is a topscroller action game with nice graphics and lots of content. The game is based in Vietnam during the Cold War and players pilot a Huey helicopter through the jungle full of enemies.

The controls for the game make sense, but take a little while to get used to. Tilting the device controls movement of the helicopter. Players use their two thumbs to controls aiming and firing. Aiming is controlled with one thumb and the helicopter fires when the other thumb is pressed down. Also, swiping up launches a missile. I found aiming to be a little difficult while tilting my iPhone to control the movement of the Huey helicopter, but it works well after getting used to it.

There are numerous types of enemies in the levels, including villagers that shoot bullet sand missiles, tanks, watchtowers, and jeeps. There are also boss fights. Sometimes after killing an enemy health will appear.

After completing a level, players get a nice detailed page with statistics. Players can see the number of enemies killed, percentage of bullets dodged, and other relevant statistics. If a level is failed, players can choose to replay that level, but only in exchange for some cash.

Players earn cash, which is the in-game currency. Players can purchase more cash with real money if needed and the cash is very important, since it can be used to replay a level or purchase upgrades for the helicopter, including new armor, guns, decals and rockets.

The 3D graphics in the game are very bright and vibrant. However, there are black bars on the side of the screen when it’s played on the iPhone 5. Also, there is a really well done sound track that compliments the game nicely.

The app integrates with game center and includes common features, like leaderboards and achievements.

On the whole 101 Airborne is a solid topscroller action game. Aiming takes a little while to get used to, but overall the controls are good. Also, the 3D graphics are superb and the soundtrack is very appropriate. There are plenty of upgrades and levels, so it is definitely a justified purchase if it sounds appealing.

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