Atypical Games made a name for itself with Sky Gamblers, a series of combat flight sims with an emphasis on sharp visuals and energetic dogfighting. Its latest outing, Battle Supremacy, trades B-15 bombers for Panzer III tanks — and speed for lumbering, destructive power. Sluggishness makes the campaign seem slow and plodding, but it turns Battle Supremacy's multiplayer skirmishes into tense, purposeful chess matches.
If Cold War is any indication, the Sky Gamblers series may have reached maximum altitude with last year's stellar Storm Raiders. Sure, there's still plenty of high-flying dogfighting action to be found in this latest entry, but there's a legitimate question as to whether this fourth outing on iOS is running on fumes after so many entries in a relatively compact span of time. Thankfully, Cold War does bring some fresh ideas to the table, and the online multiplayer still provides the best aerial combat on the App Store. But the core campaign experience of Cold War is a bland and tired-looking stroll through what is an otherwise fascinating portion of American history.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. A couple of slick action affairs headline the week's offering – tactical shooter Breach & Clear, and aerial dogfighting sequel Sky Gamblers: Cold War – though other intriguing options like same-screen iPad multiplayer curio Gentlemen! and "bullet hell" shooter Sine Mora are available, alongside new Pac-Man, Bloons, and Archie games.
Namco heads back into the wild blue yonder with Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy, its second foray into the realm of iOS flight simulation games. If you're the proud owner of a new iPad, the game is easily one of the most impressive options available, thanks to its impressive high-resolution visuals and slick animations. A confusing campaign story and useless accelerometer controls are unfortunate, but Air Supremacy offers enough goofy fun to make it worth your while.
If it seems quiet across the internet today, that’s because thousands of us are now holding the new iPad in our hot little hands, and we’re probably too busy jumping between Retina Display-enabled apps to do much else. By all accounts, today’s launch is another success for Apple, who appears to have beefed up inventory of the new iPad as many retail outlets still have stock remaining. You know what that means: Skim through today’s recap and then get to the store and buy one! Without further ado, here’s what’s making news for this Friday, March 16, 2012.