Monday, July 23, 2012

Foam Fighter puts WWII dogfights in your hand

7/23/2012

One of my favorite PC games from the early 1990s was Battle of Britain from LucasArts. It was the first combat flight simulator that used WWII fighter planes such as the British Spitfire and German Stuka dive bomber.

I was reminded of that game when I tried piloting the Foam Fighter from Appgear, even though Foam Fighter is designed for portable devices such as the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Androids. Instead of using a computer mouse of joystick, you pilot your fighter by holding and turning the portable device and pressing on the screen to fire at your opponent.

The game use realistic images of mountains, fields, water and landing strip. And it has a varied list of missions, including dog fights, bombing runs and escort duty. You can test your skills flying with either Allied or Axis colors in missions based in Britain, over Europe or in the Pacific and compete against computer-generated opponents or battle up to eight friends over local Wi-Fi.

Each Foam Fighter package comes with two models of fighter planes than can be attached to the backside of your device where it shows in the view from your camera. That makes it fun to chase your opponent through the dining room and into the kitchen.

Each version of Foam Fighters cost $9.99 at Wowwee.com. Once you buy the package, you can download the app for free.


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