Liberty Wings Review
Liberty Wings is a shoot-em-up game that puts you in control of an American fighter plane during World War 2. The first part is centered around the Pacific campign and is split over 3 missions that have you defending against incoming attacks and hunting out and destroying the enemy invaiders.
Each mission starts with a text briefing infomring you know what the objective is. What's interesting about Liberty wings is the developers choice to include 3 different flight modes which gives the feeling of 3 different games in one.
The first level has you looking down on your fighter from a birds eye viewpoint. The level automatically scrolls from top to bottom while you guide your plane by tapping the screen, shooting down enemies and avoiding incoming fire. Think of it as R-Type but scrolling top to bottom.
Complete the first level and it's time to take the fight to the enemy where you can load up with bombs to pound the enemys fleet of ships. The same top down view applies but you have full control over the direction you're going by using a virtual D-pad in the bottom left of the screen.
You must complete the primary objective and if you've got an itchy trigger finger you can also choose to go after additional secondary and tertiary objectives. The inclusion of multiple objectives is a nice addition that should add some replay value to the game as you go try racking up your score.
The 3rd and last level of the campaign is my favorite. I'm not sure if it's my age showing but this reminded me of the classic shooter, Harrier Attack, which I played endlessly back in the days (computer of choice was the ZX Spectrum, if anyone cares)
The levels a side on view and has you taking off from an aircraft carrier to seek and destroy enemy submarines. Unlike Harrier attack, you can actually swing your plane around mid air and fly the other way, useful when the enimies sneaky and keeps diving beneath the waves.
The graphics and sound of Liberty Wings are good but nothing more, really. Before the arrival of the retina display I'd have maybe rated them higher but since we've been inundated with HD games they look slightly dated. Maybe the developers will update these for a future release.
One final thing to mention is the in game upgrades. The default campaign, although fun, is quite short. However there's an additional 3 campaigns that can be purchased at a cost of 59p each. You can also buy unlimited lives (each game has a default of 3 lives) for 59p.
Some people don't mind investing a small amount of cash if it's going to provide access to updates and extra levels. Others believe they shouldn't have to cough up more money for extra features. The money to buy extra lives seems slightly odd but buying extra campaigns seems fair, especially if they're as fun as the Pacific one.
To sum up Liberty Wings, the initial campaign is brief but good fun for anyone who likes shooters. If you remember games such as R-Type, Harrier Attack and other side scrolling shoot-em-ups, you should definitely check out Liberty Wings.