Release Date: 21st January 2015
Fractal Combat X, or FCX, may sound like a typical, cheap knock-off game that you would usually find on app stores. Thankfully, it is so much more than that. This game is a combat sim that offers both arcade style and simulation based controls. While the simulation mode is pretty simple (it just basically takes away the auto-levelling), it still offers a great degree of enjoyment for players.
The game is set in a slightly futuristic world with completely fictional planes. Most of the maneuvers can border on the unrealistic side of things and the way the game reacts to pitch and yaw is not as one would initially expect. Still, after a short while of getting used to the game's physics, it actually becomes pretty interesting to play. With plenty of planes and weapons to unlock, this game is bound to keep you busy for a good long time.
The visuals are FCX's strongest suit as the nicely detailed and textured planes take center stage in the action. The backgrounds and user interface all look pretty good too though the camera work does feel a little too unstable and it fails to show certain game aspects in better focus (like explosions).
Release Date: 11th December 2014
FoxOne is an action flight simulator where the entire world is your battlefield. Take part in a battle against terrorist powers, flying modern combat aircraft for a secret mercenary squadron. Get paid for your kills, to unlock and buy increasingly advanced aircraft, and rank yourself mission after mission against fierce enemies.
Release Date: 11/03/2015
Available on: iOS, Android
Release Date: 1st October 2014
Dominate the skies and master the worlds most advanced combat aircraft as you experience the best looking, most action packed jet fighting game - Air Combat: Online! Featuring modes such as Career with an Unrivalled collection of dogfight missions: Boss Challenge, Cannon Only, Duel and Free for All!
Release Date: 21st November 2014
The most advanced fighter plane combat and flight simulator on mobile. Realistic world maps and navigation, over 500 actual airports, 1,107 runways, aircraft carriers and real time weather conditions. Plan your tactical scenarios, test yourself in the world campaign, fight against other planes in the dog-fight. An adventure without limits.
Release Date: 11th November 2014
FoxOne: Special Missions features an entirely new campaign, new objectives, new enemies and new sceneries. All that while keeping the original gameplay that consolidated the first game as a success.
With 15 different fighter jets to fly and with each aircraft having its own unique and authentic looking 3D Cockpit this is definately a fighter aircraft game worth strapping in for.
Release Date: 10th December 2012
So far, any flying game with under Rortos has been proving itself to be a solid title and Air Navy Fighters is no exception. The game has a pretty extensive campaign mode that allows players to set their conditions and target objectives allowing you to play around with the game as if it were a combat sim. The visuals are well defined, providing each stage with its own unique touch with various environmental and lighting effects.
The combat is undoubtedly the most intriguing aspect of the game though expect to be faced with a pretty steep learning curve. The lack of a full tutorial will leave most players wondering how to properly operate the plane's wide assortment of controls, and most of these are that intuitive unless you have had experience with other flight sims (such as knowing to look for the landing gear controls after you have taken off). Once you get enemy ships and planes gunning for you, learning how to properly perform maneuvers while firing back becomes something that you need to do on the fly.
Release Date: 21st September 2013
As one would expect from a free-to-play online game, Metalstorm Online does have a certain paywall when you play it. The good news is, it is actually worth shelling out a little bit of cash for this game. The combat mechanics are solid, the controls are responsive, and the visuals are downright easy on the eyes. Of course, battles are a little bit one sided if you ever find yourself faced against other players packing premium heat, but you can also spend your time in different ways 'like sortie against CPU controlled opponents instead.
Metalstorm Online gets pretty visual at many points during combat, and it is always a nice sight to see your plane perform evasive maneuvers at a single command (a swipe will usually do). While online-only may not be everyone's cup of tea, if you truly enjoy jet fighter games, you will at least want to try this one out.
Release Date: 29th September 2014
This post-World War II air combat game takes players on a storyline that literally spans decades as you slowly take part in a variety of secret missions that tell the story of an untold war between the east and the west (basically, Soviet and America). The fun part is that thanks to the large span of time that the story covers, players get to fly a huge assortment of planes (the Lockheed P-80 is still a major favorite, as well as the Messerschmidt Me262).
The only thing this game lacks? the creative finishes that we see in its sequel, Storm Raiders. Of course, that's a criticism given in retrospect and at the time of its release, Sky Gamblers Cold War was already a great game on its own. Most of the comments and feedback about the game focus heavily on the controls which does take a while to get used to. The key is to get a really good sitting position before you run the calibration tool sadly, that means that if you are standing up while playing, this game will be pretty hard to play.