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World of Aircraft

For: iPhone   Also on: iPad

Reach for the skies

Product: World of Aircraft | Publisher: Come2You | Format: iPhone | Genre: Action, Multiplayer | Players: 1-8 | Networking: wireless (network) | Version: Europe | App version: 1.0.1
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Every now and then you come across a video game which so gleefully mangles the English language that it's almost impossible not to love it. World of Aircraft is one such title.

Its lengthy tutorial mode boasts an almost flagrant disregard for correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar - but it takes this disregard to such an impossible extreme that you can't help but love it.

Of course, its contempt for English is just a small part of World of Aircraft's appeal. When you're not guffawing at spelling errors you'll be flying a range of WW2 planes around some strikingly attractive locations, spitting bullets at rivals and doing your level best to avoid flak.

Death from above

World of Aircraft features both single-player and online modes, with the latter being the main focus of the game.

Success in both offline and online missions earns you coins with which you can upgrade your plane or unlock new models. However, you'll also need gems - and they only come via in-app purchases.

IAPs explained
Gold comes from victory in combat, but to earn gems you have no choice but to spend real-world cash.

200 gems are £1.49 / $1.99, while 15,000 gems are £69.99 / $99.99. You can use gems to make upgrading your plane easier, but they're by no means essential to progress.
Built using Unity 3D, World of Aircraft looks incredibly attractive. Plane models are distinctive and detailed, and the environments look almost photo-realistic.

When the bullets begin to fly things become even more visually alluring, with hits causing smoke to billow from punctured fuselages and explosions triggering massive fireballs.

World of Aircraft wisely keeps the interface as simple as possible, with the left side of the screen controlling your direction and the right dealing with speed boosts and weapons.

In addition to your basic machine gun, some planes come equipped with shotguns (excellent at close range) and sniper rifles (perfect for that distant kill).

Birds of prey

Although the combat engine is solid and the visuals are fantastic, the key problem with World of Aircraft is an apparent lack of interest from other players.

We struggled to find any available deathmatch sessions, and even a player vs player match was hard to come by. Connectivity issues also blighted the experience, often meaning that when we did eventually locate an opponent we were rudely dropped back to the menu screen and forced to begin the matchmaking process anew.

If World of Aircraft can built its userbase, tidy up its use of the English language, and bolster its online reliability, it could become a title worthy of recommendation.

At present, it's too spotty to warrant close inspection - although those lush graphics will surely go a long way to tempting prospective players.
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Damien McFerran | 29 May 2013
Striking to behold and pleasant to control, World of Aircraft just needs a few tweaks - and some more player support - to make it soar a little higher
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