Sketch Flier HD is a retro style shooter released by Rockus Studios, LLC.
“Those airplane sketches you drew in class instead of paying attention have come alive. Fly your plane, shoot targets, collect gold, and buy bigger guns. What’s that? You drew unicorns dancing on rainbows in your notebook? Well, unicorns aren’t real.”
Sketch Flier HD is a retro style shooter much in the mode of Galaga and similar game with wave after wave of enemies sweeping around the screen.
The game has wave after wave of targets crossing and falling down the screen, they can be various colours, the colour tells you how many shots it will take to break, and it will change colour as you hit it. After several waves the level will end and you will have need to got the number of hits set by the level target, else it is game over.
As you progress through the game, it pauses at the end of each level so you can buy upgrades, but you can pause the game at any time to purchase as well. There are 9 upgrades in all and if you have reasonable collecting the coins you should be able to fully upgrade by the end of level 8.
Gameplay wise, the game plays smoothly and is nicely drawn. The attack waves change a little adding more targets and even boxes that are hard to break.
The main problem I have with the game is there is no feeling of danger, as nothing in the game can harm you, If can sit in the middle of an attack way on top of all the targets just firing into it. Coins will automatically drag into you and your hit counter just clocks up. The first time I played the game I tried to play like a traditional shooter avoiding the targets and did not do to well, on the second play I worked out the technique and got to level 8. The third time, I completed the game fully upgraded.
The game is controlled by tilting or tap (dragging the pilot with your finger), the plane automatically fires.
The graphics are functional with a hand drawn look. There is no sound or music.
On the upside:
- A fun shooter.
On the downside:
- Nothing in the game can hurt your ship, so no feeling of danger.
- No sound or music.
- Only 9 power ups and 9 levels.
- Very repetitive gameplay.
- I finished level 9 the second time around by letting go of the Touchpad, and it won on its own.
Overall, this is a good shooter, but also sadly disappointing. To finish a shooter on the third attempt and be totally powered up just left me feeling the game was far to limited. This game really needed more upgrades and at least something that was a danger to the plane, rather than a hit total. You may find some enjoyment from this game, but it will be short lived at best. At the £1.59 price tag I find this game very hard to recommend.
Size: 7.5 MB
Price (at time of review): £1.59