I watch this movie and if you want hyper realism then you probably should look elsewhere. For a low budget independant film the CGI isn’t bad but it isn’t great either. It is about on par with the old Dogfights tv series. Put that aside though and you have a pretty descent story about a B-17 Bomber crew flying sorties out of North Africa in 1943. I think it’s worth watching but don’t get your expectations too high.
iBomber is a surprisingly fun and addictive arcade style game for the iPhone. While it could in no way be considered a simulation of aerial combat it is still quite enjoyable and should appeal to most World War II aviation enthusiasts.
The game is basically a sandbox style shooter, meaning that the entire level takes place in a rectangular map with black walls preventing your egress from the gaming area. Your viewpoint is through the bomb site of an unknown type of American bomber (the menu screen suggests a B-17 Flying Fortress) in the Pacific Theater of Operations. You fly a series of missions against Japanese targets ranging from bunkers to battleships. You have an unlimited supply of 500 lb. iron bombs and occasionally you can acquire limited amounts of specialized bombs and health packs from bombed targets. The specialty bombs include multi-bombs, rocket bombs and bunker busters, each having a its own strength and weaknesses. The health packs are needed to repair the damage you receive from anti-aircraft artillery and the defensive fire of various enemy bombers. The aircraft fly at static heights and often orbit carriers and other surface installations and ships.
Game play is simple as are the controls. You only control your direction and speed with your height being fixed. Left and right turns are accomplished but turning the iPhone left or right while throttle control is achieved by tilting the unit up to slow the aircraft down. This last feature limits playability in anything except an upright manner. Playing while laying down is not recommended as throttle control is limited at that orientation. That is a minor issue however and most people would not find it to be an issue.
If you enjoy a World War II themed combat games, don’t mind the arcade style action, and are looking for a quick, fun game then iBomber is for you. I thoroughly enjoyed this game and though it is a bit pricey at $2.99 I felt it to be worth it. There is a free trial version if you want to try before you buy.
Company: Cobra Mobile
Platform: iPhone, available through iTunes
Rating: 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon or fantasy violence
Price: $2.99 as of 2/10/10, Free lite version
The DVD that captures the essence of this year’s Classic Fighters Omaka 2009 Airshow is superb!
This year the DVD has been produced by an all new team who have brought together all the essential elements of the biennial three-day event into a neatly packaged 82 minute film. The movie has a fast paced feeling, with a really modern style, which draws the viewer into the subject and puts you right on the spot in the audience at the airshow.
In fact the audience is something of a feature of the film, and I spotted many familiar forum faces there among the photographers, flyers and airshow goers on the field.