Most top-down shooters on the iPhone have been defined by one word so far: suck. They’re boring, bland, generic, etc. etc. The only top-down shooter I’ve ever enjoyed on a mobile phone was on an old Sony Ericsson a couple of years ago, and I played that game until my battery died. While I can’t remember the name of the game, it was one of the first and best top-down shooter I have ever played.
So why hasn’t it been successful on the iPhone? I know there have been many such as iFighter, Sky Force Reloaded, and Siberian Strike; but I’ve never enjoyed any of them as much as I have Assault Squadron. Wowza, this is one shooter that should definitely be on your wish list.
The build I received was still well into the beta stage, but still, I had a lot of fun with it. The included controls were touch, and while I had some slight problems with them, I still enjoyed the game very much. There weren’t tilt controls included in the options, but of course, the game is still a ways off from being submitted.
One of the most impressive features or things that I noticed about Assault Squadron were the voiceovers. The voiceovers sounded professional, clean-cut, and extremely… intense. You can hear some guy talking over a walkie talkie (or whatever they have in the future), and I was more than impressed with the professional voiceovers.
Along with that, Assault Squadron is extremely polished. There are dozens of impressive cutscenes along with wonderful 2.5D graphics. I couldn’t help but think to myself, “What a good looking, professional looking game.”
Only one word can describe Assault Squadron: impressive. Of all the top-down shooters that I’ve played on the iPhone, this one seems to be one of the best. I had a blast with it, and with tons of content, boss battles, and an interesting weapon upgrade system; I can see this becoming a home run.
But it’s not all about top-down shooting. While I enjoyed the top-down aspect much more, there are levels in which you must take the side view of all ships, or in other words, a side-scrolling shooter. At first, I thought the developers were trying a bit too hard to make the game different from the rest, then I realized that it’s not too bad after all.
Even with the beta build I played, I was more than impressed. Look for this bomb to drop into the App Store late this month or early April. And when I mean look, I mean it. It can also be assumed that Assault Squadron will implement Chillingo’s Crystal social platform.