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Each aircraft can sustain a limited amount of damage. The cross icon on the top right corner of the screen displays damage status for the aircraft. Damage is sustained when an aircraft is hit with a weapon or encounters an obstacle. Some obstacles, such as walls, will immediately destroy the aircraft. Although Air Wings is not a forgiving game, it’s also not difficult, at least in training mode.
Air Wings offers two modes of gameplay — tutorial and multiplayer. Tutorial mode provides access to one level in the free version. Additional levels are available with an in-app purchase. Players can practice maneuvering and fighting with other aircraft, however, they don’t fight back. The developer could definitely improve on tutorial mode by offering more challenging automated opponents. That said, tutorial mode is intended to train users so they can be competent in multiplayer mode.
Online aerial combat is at the core of Air Wings. Players can be randomly matched with either one or three opponents. I have to admit, multiplayer mode is very difficult. Online opponents tend to be experienced. Although I have won a few rounds, I’m usually destroyed by superior opponents. It’s best to practice a lot in tutorial mode before you even think of getting into online multiplayer combat. Tutorial mode is also a good warm up if you haven’t played Air Wings in a long time. The only bad thing about multiplayer mode is that there’s just not a lot of opponents. Despite the sheer awesomeness of this game, there’s not enough people playing it.
Air Wings Settings
Air Wings offers basic settings to configure gaming and environment options. Users can control music playback, 3D TV compatibility, player photos and names, training tips, control orientation and control sensitivity.
Air Wings is Free
Air Wings is a free game, with in-app purchases. You can actually get a lot of enjoyment out of Air Wings for free, including multiplayer gaming. That said, the in-app purchases are tempting. After a few hours of playing Air Wings, I opted for the “everything” bundle. This offers every aircraft and level for only $5.99.
After more than a year, this has proven to be a wise investment. Air Wings has provided countless hours of entertainment. I find that multiplayer games tend to offer limitless enjoyment. After all, there’s no end or solution.
In researching this article, I perused Pangea Software’s website and learned more about the company and their games. It turns out that they make a few more great games for Apple TV, but nothing quite like Air Wings. I ended up buying Otto Matic, Nucleus and Bugdom 2, however, they simply aren’t as fun as Air Wings. There’s just something about the synergy between the Siri Remote and the gameplay that’s so appealing. The controls are responsive and the graphics are so realistic, I sometimes forget that I am playing a game. Their other games probably work better on an iPhone, iPad or with a game controller. I enjoy them on Apple TV with the Siri Remote. It’s just that they’re not as good as Air Wings, but they’re still loads of fun.
I highly recommend Air Wings. There’s nothing to lose. It’s free!