Fighter2010 is an app that lets you take to the skies in short bursts of fun. Zizsoft Limited‘s app has two different modes that provide different challenges for fun on the go. Fighter2010 is all action and (with a little back story) immediately puts you in the seat of a fighter jet in a heated battle.
The story goes that Atlantis has risen from the ocean at the end of 2009. While it’s re-emergence has been peaceful, the emperor has supposedly committed suicide. As a knight of the kingdom, it’s your job to ask questions and ensure that the it is not a cover up for a coup d’etat. While this story might be found in the app’s description or in the credits section of the app – it strangely has no presence in the gameplay at all.
The first of two game modes has you choose from three different fighter jets and gives you an arsenal of 1 bomb, which runs right through the enemies in it’s path, 3 M3 missiles, which fire three missiles at a time (helpful for clearing many enemies at once), and an unlimited supply of M1 missiles.
Each level requires a specific amount of enemies to be destroyed and you’ll use tilt controls to evade enemies that you don’t take down. If you suffer too many hits your plane will be destroyed. However, the real challenge here is scoring as high as possible while staying alive.
The other game type is a survival mode that challenges you to evade what look like stealth bombers that fly quickly towards you. This also plays on the arcade scoring system where you aim to score as much as possible while trying to minimize collisions.
While the tilt controls are responsive, the range of motion is too broad such that when you try to raise the vertical pitch of your fighter plane, you’ll have to tilt the phone away from you, even to the point where you can’t see the screen anymore. Fighter2010’s crisp graphics and fast frame rate also make the game look great on your iPhone.
Fighter2010 has you in air-to-air combat on a rail, kind of like Star Fox on the 64. If you’ve played those games you’ll know what to expect as far as gameplay goes, but that doesn’t mean you’ll want to sit down and play for hours at a time. Fighter2010 is more appropriate in quick bursts on the bus or the commute to work, especially if you like to try to improve upon your score each time you play.
Fighter2010 is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod Touch (2nd Generation). It requires the iPhone OS 2.0 or later.