When you play an especially high quality game, you know immediately. Oftentimes, it’s not even obvious to you why you’re responding so positively, but the little things you’ve subconsciously picked up on start becoming clear the more you play. Think of it like driving a luxury car–if you throw a BMW M3 in gear, you might not know the details of the engine or drive train or even the material of the steering wheel… but you can instantly tell that it just feels right. That’s sort of how Blue Attack! is. This space shooter is exceptional in every way, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.
In Blue Attack!, you control a space fighter on a continual mission to protect your carrier/mothership. Along the way, you can dispatch fighters to fly alongside you, snags weapons upgrades, and pick up defensive improvements. You have an overhead view of the battlefield, as well as a few health bars for yourself, the other fighters, the carrier and the enemies you’re in combat against. That’s all there is to it, but the game is pitch perfect in execution. The ships are simply shaped but beautifully rendered–translucent and glowing at the same time–and your weapons and the enemy ships are all varied enough to let you know what’s happening just by glancing at the screen. We liked the user interface a great deal, from the arrows showing you incoming ships and threats to the side bars that activate your special weapons.
Furthermore, you can customize everything in Blue Attack!, from the control style (we prefer the touch based system) to the weapon button layout in the game screen. The music is actually good, the sound effects are perfect, and the vibration is subtle and exactly what you need when you’re playing without the game music. The physics are great, from the exterior of enemy ships disintegrating to the bomb detonations. The game is intuitive in ways we didn’t even think of. For instance, your squadron can be formed up into multiple formations, from the classic V to single file and more. The upgrade system is complex but clear, and if you don’t feel like dealing with it, you don’t have to: you can set Blue Attack! to “auto upgrade,” which means the game will customize your settings for you. The menu screens and options are all wonderfully rendered, meaning that pausing the game, turning off the music, and entering your name are all actually pleasurable experiences.
Basically, Blue Attack! does pretty much everything right. But what good is that if the game itself isn’t enjoyable? Fortunately, the game experience here is top-notch. There’s a bit of a learning curve, to be sure, but once you get familiar with the controls and the game, things start picking up. Even when you think you’ve mastered the ship and your carrier defense, there are still scores to improve on, skills to refine, and baddies to blow up. We kept coming back for more, and we think you will too.
Here’s yet another feather in Blue Attack’s cap: this is a $1.99 game. This is one of the best action games on the App Store, and it costs next to nothing; we’d spend up to five times that much to get our hands on it. We’re ending this review, and urging you, in no uncertain terms, to buy this game.