Version Reviewed: 1.1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini
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The name Air Assault says everything players need to know about iStriker 2, especially when thinking about the previous title, iStriker: Rescue & Combat. iStriker 2: Air Assault takes the shooter genre head-on unlike the original title, where landing amidst a battle to rescue allies (receive power-ups) was a major focal point in the gameplay. iStriker 2: Air Assault keeps players in the skies the entire time as they fight their way through six very pleasing levels. However, those who’ve experienced iStriker: Rescue & Combat will be in very familiar territory when playing iStriker 2.
iStriker 2: Air Assault is basically an enhanced version of the original. Besides having airborne gameplay,, it has an extended visual range so players can see further in front of them. Also, the graphics have received a touch-up over the previous version and look a bit better. However, even with the changes, all but one of the missions is nearly identical to the previous title. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the game plays more like a natural shooter without the process of needing to land to receive power-ups. It’s basically like a brand new experience over familiar ground and most people who enjoy shooters will have a great time going through this title.
The presentation of iStriker 2 is very good thanks to its satisfying shooter gameplay and the entertaining missions with a variety of enemy aircraft and difficult boss battles. Players will spend a lot of time replaying the game’s six missions while attempting to pull off high combos to create an impressive score to add to the online leaderboards. It’s important to shoot down and blow up everything in your path without getting hit to create a higher combo. If players can get a combo up in the 200 range or higher, then they’ll do very well at obtaining a good score in this game. A lot of 50+ combos won’t do nearly as much for them.
The only thing about the game that somewhat lacks is the music that goes along with the gameplay, though most will be too focused on playing the game to even think twice about it. This game will provide for a good challenge to most and has an enjoyable scoring system to obtain higher scores adding decent replay value. Those who played the original iStriker can look at this title as a $0.99 cent enhanced version for straight up shooter gameplay while those who haven’t played the previous can have a great new experience that’s easily worth playing.