Top-down shooter fans may be interested to note the release of WWII-themed iFighter [App Store] for the iPhone and iPod touch. A free, lite version [App Store] was released six weeks back, features the paid app's full first level and has seen 1.8 million downloads since it appeared in the App Store.
iFighter follows the fairly standard top-down scrolling shooter formula and is visually somewhat reminiscent of 1942. The player takes the role of the Air Force's ace pilot in WWII with the mission of destroying secret Nazi weapon prototypes. The game takes place across four levels over the land and sea of Europe, each with a challenging end boss, playable at three different difficulty settings. Along the way, various power-ups can be collected to help in the fight, including Flash Bullet, Bomb, Sidekick (calls in two wingmen), and Health.
Three control methods -- onscreen joypad, swipe, and motion (accelerometer-based) -- are available, and onscreen movement in all directions is allowed, with left / right viewfield panning, following the aircraft's movement. Perpetual auto-fire is engaged in all modes but motion, where there's a tap-to-fire option.
See our gameplay video.
iFighter brings fairly intense, smoothly animated shooter action and is a solid value at its limited time introductory price of $0.99.