Version Reviewed: 1.0
Graphics / Sound [rating:5/5]
Game Controls [rating:4/5]
iPhone Integration [rating:5/5]
User Interface [rating:5/5]
Replay Value [rating:5/5]
This is a fun game! I rarely get excited about games because normally I play them for a little bit, get my jollies, then stop playing. This is especially true on the iPhone because the small UI can be such a detractor for long-term play. This said, iBomber stands above the crowd with its great interface, ease of use, challenging levels, and inspiring soundtrack.
iBomber doesn’t mess around with a story line—it just throws you right into the game bombing the bad guys. It’s friggin amazing how quickly you get to start bombing stuff and watching the fires blaze. While it’s easy to play, the challenge is thick. The most challenging aspect of this is that you really have to time the dropping of your bombs and make sure you have your lead time right for your speed and angle. This is especially challenging when you’re bombing moving ships. But you can kiss reality goodbye with this challenge through the availability of infinite bombs. At this point, not only do you get the satisfaction of hitting a target with aiming, but also the satisfaction of raining destruction and mayhem upon your weary animated foe.
Gameplay is quick and you’re not burdened by briefings, storylines, or any other tragic nonsense. Just unapologetic bombing and the infliction of suffering and sorrow upon an unfortunate enemy. The enemies shoot back, but because you’re in a stalwart American bomber with a hot pin-up girl painted on the nose you might as well change your name to Timex, because you’re going to take a lickin’ but keep on tickin. And if you get shot down, which you will sooner or later, you get to watch from a first-person vantage point the plane spinning and falling to the ground out of control. I’ve heard that if you die in an iPhone game you die in real life. Fortunately for us, the game fades out before your plane crashes into the ground.
Bombing ships is hard! They should just relinquish themselves as a defeated foe and sit DIW (dead-in-water) quietly accepting their fate to Davey Jone’s locker. But alas, they don’t, so just keep bombing them until they sink. There could be some lightening of the display in the sea as it does get dark and it can be difficult to see the cross hairs.
For a 1.0 version, this app is absolutely stunning and it only stands to get better. You will not be disappointed with what your $2.99 + tax gets you in this game. It’s loads of fun and you’ll find the time flying by. Be sure to let someone know where you are if you’re going to play alone.