Modern Air Combat App

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by JohnDG, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    Looking for modern air combat app: (F-15, F-18) with HUD, 3D flying, long and short range weapons, missions, etc. An (old) example is Sid Meier's "F-15 Strike Eagle."

    Hunting around the app store, either the games are written for the iPhone, or there are very few good ratings.

  2. macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2007
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 1, 2010
    I bit the bullet and downloaded Mini-Jetfight, which is a universal iOS app that was ported over from a WindowsMobile version:

    * Graphics are OK;
    * Plays well so far (I quickly changed to landscape to get the pitch and yaw controls to the side, which requires an app reboot. That is: you need to go into the multi-task bar and delete the running app from memory). This takes advantage of the size of the iPad screen;
    * I also quickly realized that I do not know how to fly a plane, being to used to joystick games: here you need to work the flaps and rudder.

    I ran into a couple of minor bugs:
    * When enemy planes are firing cannons, after awhile the cannon firing sound goes into a loop. The "Enemy Firing Cannons" message does stop and start correctly as required.
    * HUD display disappears mid-flight. I have to toggle the (V)iew off/on to get it to reappear.

    I would also like to see an "objective," such as a bombing run, etc., other than winning the dogfight against the multiple opponents (not yet, even on "rookie" mode - need more practice controlling the plane.)

    All in all, OK at this point given the alternatives.

  4. macrumors newbie

    Jul 4, 2006
    I just came across Tom Clancy's HAWX... but it may be made for the iphone rather than the ipad. It looks like a fun game, i have yet to try it.
    Also, theres a very weak dogfighting mode on Xplane. Xplane itself is fun though, not so much the dogfighting part.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2005
    Houston, Texas
    I tried the HAWX demo and I didn't like it. The controls just felt awkward to me.

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