Liberty Wings Soars with Potential, Crash Lands in Game Play

Price: $0.99     Score: 6/10     By A. PapachristosLiberty Wings - Digital Reality

When it comes to World War II games, the majority of apps in said category focus on putting you, the gamer, at the controls of a fighter plane.  You must strike down enemies and carry your comrades to victory in such fast-paced shooters, and Liberty Wings by Digital Reality is no different.  Liberty Wings takes average gamers and turns them into U.S. Navy air officers responsible for hunting for and taking down the entire German Atom Bomb Project.

Of course, users will want to begin by activating their pre-existing OpenFeint account or creating a brand new account so they may access Liberty Wings’ leaderboard and rank on the high scores list to compete with players all over.  Users will then reach the main menu, where they may begin playing and exploring all the game has to offer.  For instance, under Options, users will find the opportunity to play with infinite lives.  However, they will also come to learn that said unlimited life comes with an additional price tag of $.99.  And, if you want to experience every map the app has to offer, you will need to cough up another $1.99.

Once you begin a new game, you must first calibrate your plane’s direction with the path of the arrow in order to tap start.  Users may choose from Easy, Medium or Hard mode, but should proceed slowly as I noticed the application tends to freeze and quit when you jump from one page to the next too quickly.  You will then learn that your mission requires you to single-handedly fight the enemy.  Users may travel through 12 scenes, featuring four different key locations during the war.  Fight with your device held in portrait or landscape mode, with the ability to control your plane via tilt or finger when in portrait mode.

Though Liberty Wings holds so much potential, and proves to be fairly fun (while occasionally monotonous), the glitches detract so much from the actual game play.  Initially, it took me five tries to simply start the game, for the app consistently blacked out and quit every time I chose a level.  Then, once I finally began playing, Liberty Wings blacked out again, on multiple occasions, wiping out all my progress and leaving me to start anew each time.  I desperately want to like this game, for I enjoy the ease with which you can control your plane and shoot the enemy, but I simply can’t hand out a ringing endorsement for no one would ever willingly invest time and money into a game that doesn’t return the same courtesy.

Liberty Wings [iTunes Link] requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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