screenshot-20090320-194634Paramount released the Freeverse-developed aerial shooter Top Gun [App Store] for the iPhone and iPod Touch tonight. The game is, of course, based on the 1986 movie starring Tom Cruise.

You take the role of an Navy training recruit in the Top Gun flying ace program. In the game, movie main characters Maverick and Iceman are instructors who lead the trainee through various flying scenarios, offering cutscene advice in a manner similar to the company's Days of Thunder.

Defend the skies in the most authentic first person jet shooter game on the iPhone and iPod Touch! Attempt to become one of the few to survive the “Highway to the Danger Zone”! Shoot down enemy jets, dodge incoming air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles, navigate dangerous environments and obliterate the enemy's air power.

Features listed by the developer include:

  • Strap Yourself In – And scream through the skies in either an F-22 Raptor or a B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber.
  • Torch Your Enemy With Heavy Firepower – Fire target-locking missiles or strafe enemy positions and aircraft with Vulcan cannons.
  • Avoid The Danger Zone – Incoming air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles as well as aerial and ground-based obstacles create multiple "Danger Zones" that must be avoided.
  • Progress Through 10 In-Depth Missions – In a variety of environments, including oceans, deserts, canyons and city centers.
  • Earn Medals and Achievements – While progressing through each mission.
  • Blast To The Beat – Fly and battle to “Danger Zone” and other hard-hitting tracks.
  • Classified Files Inside – featuring unlockable content and Easter eggs.

This video was shot during GDC and shows Freeverse talking through the features and gameplay:

App Store Link: Top Gun, $1.99

  • rich_952000

    To the best of my understanding, this doesn't seem to be "on rails" as is the case with Days of Thunder?

  • rich_952000

    To the best of my understanding, this doesn't seem to be "on rails" as is the case with Days of Thunder?

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    Meg Ryan not included.

    • foodle

      Fail ...

    • TKO

      No Kelly McGillis either? Damn, so why was I buying this again? :D

  • http://heiseheise.com Zach

    Meg Ryan not included.

    • foodle

      Fail ...

    • TKO

      No Kelly McGillis either? Damn, so why was I buying this again? :D

  • http://monteboyd.com/sloperider/ Monte Boyd

    Looks like a blast! Doesn't look like it's on rails from the video. Definitely want to pick this up.

  • http://monteboyd.com/sloperider/ Monte Boyd

    Looks like a blast! Doesn't look like it's on rails from the video. Definitely want to pick this up.

  • arn

    brief in game video.

    they managed to get licensing rights for "Danger Zone" the song
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=sSkfV7hdIFI

    arn

  • arn

    brief in game video.

    they managed to get licensing rights for "Danger Zone" the song
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=sSkfV7hdIFI

    arn

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    To me it looks like on rails....clearly. And it has to be.
    But implementing the Danger Zone song is fantastic!

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Rocco

    To me it looks like on rails....clearly. And it has to be.
    But implementing the Danger Zone song is fantastic!

  • TimothyB

    Does it seem odd that the enemy jets are firing missiles backwards? It would be nice to have the jets fire from behind you, and you still get the danger zones, then you see the missile fly off ahead as it misses you. And the way the missiles come out, very odd, how it just floats there. And the enemy jets don't roll with their movements like your jet.

    Though, for a low price, it looks like it can be a fun shooter with the game mechanic of evading those "dodging zones" when you get past the shortcomings. I suppose you could want a real flight simulator, but it's a $2 game for a phone, so it is what it is.

  • TimothyB

    Does it seem odd that the enemy jets are firing missiles backwards? It would be nice to have the jets fire from behind you, and you still get the danger zones, then you see the missile fly off ahead as it misses you. And the way the missiles come out, very odd, how it just floats there. And the enemy jets don't roll with their movements like your jet.

    Though, for a low price, it looks like it can be a fun shooter with the game mechanic of evading those "dodging zones" when you get past the shortcomings. I suppose you could want a real flight simulator, but it's a $2 game for a phone, so it is what it is.

  • Ataru Hori

    Most impressive, very smooth & a constant framerate. The only downside I can see is the unimpressive static cut-scenes between gameplay, the artwork is under par compared to the rest of the game...

  • Ataru Hori

    Most impressive, very smooth & a constant framerate. The only downside I can see is the unimpressive static cut-scenes between gameplay, the artwork is under par compared to the rest of the game...

  • thebleeptruth

    Definitely buying this after my exam this friday. Low price with high quality graphics and gameplay. I love the style they incorporated in this game. It suits the iPhone/iPod perfectly instead of forcing a traditional flight sim game for a gaming device and then ending up with clunky controls. Honestly the iPhone/iPod needs more of these type of games where its somewhat automated and you end up just "managing" (don't know how to describe it) or aiding the movement. It's pretty creative. This type of gameplay/control scheme can not only be applied in this genre but in many other games. Moreover the graphics would look better and smoother rather than have a choppy game where you have full control of a fast-paced action game. For 1.99 only? Wow!

    • thebleeptruth

      I just hope the action picks up fast, with lots of challenging dodging and shooting. One drawback of this kind of gameplay is that if it's too easy, it would really really get boring right away.

    • sticktron

      I would hardly making a game on rails "creative". Its a simplification, an easier solution, and that's why we are seeing so many of these simple games, which I for one am getting tired of.

    • sticktron

      *call

  • thebleeptruth

    Definitely buying this after my exam this friday. Low price with high quality graphics and gameplay. I love the style they incorporated in this game. It suits the iPhone/iPod perfectly instead of forcing a traditional flight sim game for a gaming device and then ending up with clunky controls. Honestly the iPhone/iPod needs more of these type of games where its somewhat automated and you end up just "managing" (don't know how to describe it) or aiding the movement. It's pretty creative. This type of gameplay/control scheme can not only be applied in this genre but in many other games. Moreover the graphics would look better and smoother rather than have a choppy game where you have full control of a fast-paced action game. For 1.99 only? Wow!

    • thebleeptruth

      I just hope the action picks up fast, with lots of challenging dodging and shooting. One drawback of this kind of gameplay is that if it's too easy, it would really really get boring right away.

    • sticktron

      I would hardly making a game on rails "creative". Its a simplification, an easier solution, and that's why we are seeing so many of these simple games, which I for one am getting tired of.

    • sticktron

      *call

  • jon

    The guy in the video says that no one he knows has ever landed or completed a single mission from the old NES Top Gun. That is nuts. I did that no problem when I was thirteen.

  • jon

    The guy in the video says that no one he knows has ever landed or completed a single mission from the old NES Top Gun. That is nuts. I did that no problem when I was thirteen.

  • Mark

    Uh... the F-22 Raptor does not take off from a carrier. The F/A-18 Super Hornet replaced the F-14, but of course, it is not as cool as the F-22.

    Does the B-2 take off from a carrier in the game?

  • Mark

    Uh... the F-22 Raptor does not take off from a carrier. The F/A-18 Super Hornet replaced the F-14, but of course, it is not as cool as the F-22.

    Does the B-2 take off from a carrier in the game?

  • luca

    It is on rails, you can not steer the aircraft itself, you can only navigate it out of the danger zone.
    I you are looking for a real aircraft game, I would recommend looking somewhere else.

  • luca

    It is on rails, you can not steer the aircraft itself, you can only navigate it out of the danger zone.
    I you are looking for a real aircraft game, I would recommend looking somewhere else.

  • slappy

    Awesome looking game and the price is perfect.

  • slappy

    Awesome looking game and the price is perfect.

  • Phoenixfury

    This is pretty exciting to me because I really suck at real life sim games. With that said I love that Paramount & Freeverse stuck to the arcade rails model for this game. To me this is a mix of Afterburner & the NES Top Gun which I enjoyed both very much in the 80's. This game is a great value at $2!

  • Phoenixfury

    This is pretty exciting to me because I really suck at real life sim games. With that said I love that Paramount & Freeverse stuck to the arcade rails model for this game. To me this is a mix of Afterburner & the NES Top Gun which I enjoyed both very much in the 80's. This game is a great value at $2!

  • Finch

    Looks kind of silly. that dodging "danger zones" or something looks like it gets lame realy fast. I was hoping for something more like Afterburner Climax. I've played it in arcades in Vegas and its a total blast, same semi on rails shooter but without that lame dodge this box on the screen crap.

    video for Xbox 360 version, looks the same as arcade http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5nos5QVSa0&feature=related

  • Finch

    Looks kind of silly. that dodging "danger zones" or something looks like it gets lame realy fast. I was hoping for something more like Afterburner Climax. I've played it in arcades in Vegas and its a total blast, same semi on rails shooter but without that lame dodge this box on the screen crap.

    video for Xbox 360 version, looks the same as arcade http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5nos5QVSa0&feature=related

  • snicket

    seconded

    was hoping for a a bit more of an AfterBurner Climax or H.A.W.X style freedom
    What's worse - > It's all there already [just not taken to that level like say in Need for Speed Undercover]
    -easilly the most natural and responsive tilt controls I've come accross
    [pause menu recalibration is superb!] Just what I had in mind and hoped for

    for the introductory price of roughly 2€, I couldn't ask for more [perhaps even a little less > the movement and Kenny Loggins Highway through the dangerzone cover is all I need ! Oh and lets not forget the exploding pause menu :D (the story, the temp art & endless dodging i could do without)]

    Haven't finished it yet - so maybe in for some suprises ;)

  • snicket

    seconded

    was hoping for a a bit more of an AfterBurner Climax or H.A.W.X style freedom
    What's worse - > It's all there already [just not taken to that level like say in Need for Speed Undercover]
    -easilly the most natural and responsive tilt controls I've come accross
    [pause menu recalibration is superb!] Just what I had in mind and hoped for

    for the introductory price of roughly 2€, I couldn't ask for more [perhaps even a little less > the movement and Kenny Loggins Highway through the dangerzone cover is all I need ! Oh and lets not forget the exploding pause menu :D (the story, the temp art & endless dodging i could do without)]

    Haven't finished it yet - so maybe in for some suprises ;)

  • Stan

    Why is it listed here as $1.99 when the sales price on itunes is $3.99?

  • Stan

    Why is it listed here as $1.99 when the sales price on itunes is $3.99?