Rocking Pocket Games has just posted YouTube videos for their upcoming 2D scrolling shooter called Blue Skies Air Force Academy. The $9.99 game is said to be coming "soon" on the App Store and offers iPhone gamers a top-down arcade shooter.

Features listed include:

  • Top down 2D scrolling action using the accelerometer to steer
  • Destroy incoming helicopters, tanks, planes, blimps, and mines to collect cash and research new weapons to use against your enemies.
  • 30 Levels of explosive action
  • Developed Exclusively for iPhone/iPod Touch
  • The posted video shows a very promising game:

    Additional videos showing similar action can be found on their website.

    [via FingerGaming]

    • kevlar

      Wow, this looks awesome!

    • kevlar

      Wow, this looks awesome!

    • Daeke

      I hate this kind of scrolling shooters because they usually doesn't care about the level design. All you have to do is find an enemy, shoot him, find the next one, shoot him and so on.
      Too bad this one doesn't seem to be an exception.

      I would love to see a real shoot'em up for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

    • Daeke

      I hate this kind of scrolling shooters because they usually doesn't care about the level design. All you have to do is find an enemy, shoot him, find the next one, shoot him and so on.
      Too bad this one doesn't seem to be an exception.

      I would love to see a real shoot'em up for the iPhone/iPod Touch.

    • Nagromme

      Looks cool--I used to like a similar game and I can see myself passing some time for $10 if it lives up to the promise.

      Something is amiss with that shadow though! The 3D hover effect would be much better if the shadow stayed consistent with the light source instead of being glued to the chopper as you rotate.

    • Nagromme

      Looks cool--I used to like a similar game and I can see myself passing some time for $10 if it lives up to the promise.

      Something is amiss with that shadow though! The 3D hover effect would be much better if the shadow stayed consistent with the light source instead of being glued to the chopper as you rotate.

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    • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

      Looks nice. Raid on Bungeling Bay fans, rejoice.

    • http://www.blakespot.com blakespot

      Looks nice. Raid on Bungeling Bay fans, rejoice.

    • Matt

      Looks a lot like the Stike series on the PS1 (Soviet Strike, Nuclear Strike). Unfortunately it doesn't look like it has the depth of the those games. I seriously can't wait for a non-casual game for the iPhone. In order for it to truly start taking on the DS and PSP it needs real RPGs and action titles, not just puzzles and minigames.

    • Matt

      Looks a lot like the Stike series on the PS1 (Soviet Strike, Nuclear Strike). Unfortunately it doesn't look like it has the depth of the those games. I seriously can't wait for a non-casual game for the iPhone. In order for it to truly start taking on the DS and PSP it needs real RPGs and action titles, not just puzzles and minigames.

    • jason

      looks great but unfortunately I am not a big fan of the accelerometer steering. I hope that developers start putting in an option to steer via onscreen buttons.
      i get sick while constantly tilting the screen to steer...

    • jason

      looks great but unfortunately I am not a big fan of the accelerometer steering. I hope that developers start putting in an option to steer via onscreen buttons.
      i get sick while constantly tilting the screen to steer...

    • Ryan

      I'm not sure I'm sold on the controls. We'll have to wait and see though...

    • Ryan

      I'm not sure I'm sold on the controls. We'll have to wait and see though...

    • Bloc Party

      "I seriously can’t wait for a non-casual game for the iPhone. In order for it to truly start taking on the DS and PSP it needs real RPGs and action titles, not just puzzles and minigames."

      Preach on brother!! Couldn't agree more.

    • Bloc Party

      "I seriously can’t wait for a non-casual game for the iPhone. In order for it to truly start taking on the DS and PSP it needs real RPGs and action titles, not just puzzles and minigames."

      Preach on brother!! Couldn't agree more.

    • tosui

      Looks like a 1942 old-school shooter, which in my book is serious fun! Not sure if it'll be worth $9.99. Maybe more like a $4.99, but I say that without trying it. If the controls are well done, it would justify the $$.

    • tosui

      Looks like a 1942 old-school shooter, which in my book is serious fun! Not sure if it'll be worth $9.99. Maybe more like a $4.99, but I say that without trying it. If the controls are well done, it would justify the $$.

    • Gregz0r

      That Apache reminds me of the old Sega Megadrive(Genesis) game called Desert Strike(and it's subsequent sequels, Jungle and Soviet Strike), which was a cool 3D isometric game, which would be awesome on the iPhone!

    • Gregz0r

      That Apache reminds me of the old Sega Megadrive(Genesis) game called Desert Strike(and it's subsequent sequels, Jungle and Soviet Strike), which was a cool 3D isometric game, which would be awesome on the iPhone!

    • Gregz0r

      Desert Strike was made by EA, so, who knows? It could make an appearance. :P

    • Gregz0r

      Desert Strike was made by EA, so, who knows? It could make an appearance. :P

    • SteveJ

      "it needs real RPGs"

      What do you consider to be a "real RPG"? Vay is a real RPG. I'm not going to say that it is a great RPG, but it is a real one. It was for the Sega CD system originally. I think it's worth picking up, but do yourself a favor and immediately set it to "Hard" difficulty. On the "Normal" setting the game is ludicrously easy, to the point of boredom.

      " and action titles"
      Blue Skies would appear to a pretty "real" action title to me. I guess we'll find out for sure later on.

      In any case, I question the notion that in order to compete with the DS and PSP, the iPhone *has* to have anything more than casual games. I would like it to have more than that, and I think it will, but Nintendo has shown that the market for casual games is massive, indeed perhaps bigger then the "core gaming" market. Moreover, on an uber-portable platform like the iPhone and iPod Touch, casual games are even more the king IMHO. If Nintendo doesn't watch out they are going to lose a substantial share of their portable market to the iPhone.

      I have had a DS for some time and I have loved it, but since the 2.0 update to my iPod Touch I haven't played my DS much and I haven't bought any new DS games. I'm even less enthused about upcoming DS games. It's not that the DS games are worse (they certainly aren't), but I have my iPod Touch with me all the time and it contains all of my games without any cartridge swapping, nor cartridges to lose. Those are *huge* things for a portable platform. Oh, and not to mention that AppStore games are way cheaper than DS games.

    • SteveJ

      "it needs real RPGs"

      What do you consider to be a "real RPG"? Vay is a real RPG. I'm not going to say that it is a great RPG, but it is a real one. It was for the Sega CD system originally. I think it's worth picking up, but do yourself a favor and immediately set it to "Hard" difficulty. On the "Normal" setting the game is ludicrously easy, to the point of boredom.

      " and action titles"
      Blue Skies would appear to a pretty "real" action title to me. I guess we'll find out for sure later on.

      In any case, I question the notion that in order to compete with the DS and PSP, the iPhone *has* to have anything more than casual games. I would like it to have more than that, and I think it will, but Nintendo has shown that the market for casual games is massive, indeed perhaps bigger then the "core gaming" market. Moreover, on an uber-portable platform like the iPhone and iPod Touch, casual games are even more the king IMHO. If Nintendo doesn't watch out they are going to lose a substantial share of their portable market to the iPhone.

      I have had a DS for some time and I have loved it, but since the 2.0 update to my iPod Touch I haven't played my DS much and I haven't bought any new DS games. I'm even less enthused about upcoming DS games. It's not that the DS games are worse (they certainly aren't), but I have my iPod Touch with me all the time and it contains all of my games without any cartridge swapping, nor cartridges to lose. Those are *huge* things for a portable platform. Oh, and not to mention that AppStore games are way cheaper than DS games.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Does anyone remember Tigerheli? It was originally an arcade game and the Sega Genesis had a port of it. Great game. This game reminds me of that. Hopefully it will be 80% of what Tigerheli was.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Does anyone remember Tigerheli? It was originally an arcade game and the Sega Genesis had a port of it. Great game. This game reminds me of that. Hopefully it will be 80% of what Tigerheli was.

    • tosui

      It's in the store! http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=289256879&mt=8

      Let the reviews commence (and convince me if it's worth the $$?)

    • tosui

      It's in the store! http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=289256879&mt=8

      Let the reviews commence (and convince me if it's worth the $$?)