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DOGFIGHT [UNIVERSAL IOS] – REVIEW (80%)

30 Jul

Dogfight is an AirFix combat flight combat game released by Sabec Limited.

Take to the skies in a range of classic Airfix model planes. You can fly a 3D house in everything from vintage WW1 fighters to modern superjets.

The basic ideas of the game is you select for one of several AirFix planes and then fly around a 3D house environment, completing missions, dodging flak from the ground and engaging in deadly dogfights with enemy pilots.

The game you select from one of the two planes available (Spitfire or Jump Jet) and then you can try the tutorial which I found a little long (10 minutes) and had a target under the table that seemed to have a collision bug that I need to replay the tutorial twice to complete it.

At the end of each mission you are award stars and can unlock more planes (it looks like 11 planes will be available). At the moment there are only five missions, but more are promised in future updates.

The gameplay is fun and thing play very well. You need to remember that this is an arcade style combat based flying game and not a flight sim, after all you are flying Airfix planes around a house. The missions are game and have some replayability.

The game is controlled (default) by a virtual joystick with an engine button that is used to launch and to give some extra speed in game. You will also have other buttons appear depending on weapons and the mission. You can alternatively use tilt controls if you wish.

The graphics and sound are good. The 3D house looks good, if a little low res. There are a few odd things around the house, like the strangely slopped window in the downstairs hallway. 

On the upside:

  • Fun to play
  • Some interesting missions.

On the downside:

  • Collision detection is not perfect at times.
  • A few bugs (ran out of film on the recon mission, and still managed to photo 111% of a base.)
  • Occasional video stutter on older devices.
  • Longevity will be an issue until expanded in future updates.

Overall, I found this a fun little game. It is great fun flying the planes around the house and it is fun trying missions with the different classic planes you unlock. There are a few bugs and issues with the game, but these could all be ironed out in future releases and none of them seemed to stop me enjoying the game. I would have loved to have seen a multiplayer dogfight via bluetooth or Wi-Fi, I think that was my only real disappointment. 

Rating: 80%

Size: 81.3 MB

Price (at time of review): £0.69

Link: Dogfight – Sabec Limited

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