Game of the Month, May 2012: Air Mail

Nary a month goes by without a number of great iOS games being released, and May was no different. New entries in terrific series of first-person shooters, fighting games, platformers, and strategy games all hit this month, and received wide acclaim and Must Have scores. But a new flying game from N-fusion Interactive earned our Game of the Month award for May. It’s called Air Mail, and it’s an absolute delight.

Air Mail puts you in the shoes of a child who gets a job piloting an airplane to deliver mail. All is well and good until war breaks out, and everyone has to start doing their part to aid the war effort. Here’s where Air Mail separates itself from most other flying games: instead of participating in the actual battles, you help the resistance by going on missions that have you doing things like sabotaging enemy planes and stealing ammo.

The production values are first-rate, with lots of stunning landscapes to navigate and stirring music to drive you onward. They’ve really nailed the controls as well, offering three different options that let you fly using tilt, an onscreen d-pad, or an advanced set-up that allows for trick moves like barrel rolls. And when you’ve finished the story mode, you can do compete in a high-score mode, or simply cruise the levels at your leisure in explore mode. It all adds up to a gaming experience that we’d recommend to anyone.

Our runner-up for Game of the Month is LostWinds 2: Winter of the Melodias, an excellent port of a WiiWare platformer of the same name. In this game, you run, jump, and solve puzzles, all while using your ability to control the wind with the swipe of a finger. LostWinds 2 looks fantastic, controls well, and all but bursts at the seams with charm. Pick this one up if you like to kick back and enjoy a good platformer.

So congratulations to N-fusion and Frontier Developments for making two of the best games in the month of May! Also be sure to check out the other Must Have games released last month: Bejeweled HD, Gene Effect, Robbery Bob, N.O.V.A. 3, Escape from Age of Monsters, The King of Fighters-i 2012, and Imperium Galactica 2.