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Those eagerly awaiting the 2D Mini Squadron shooter we profiled back in September will be pleased to find the game has arrived. The developer described his motivation was to bring a "high quality, frenetic shoot-em-up to the iPhone, taking inspiration from old-skool games".

Mini Squadron offers an arcade style 2D shooter with a progressively difficult 8 levels with multiple stages in each. There are 50 progressively unlockable aircraft with different stats, handling and weapons to use throughout the game. Other features from the developer include:

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  • Over 50 planes to unlock and collect for your mini squadron.
  • 8 Levels of intense combat each containing multiple levels of enemies to shoot down
  • 7 different types of weapon to use including Homing Missile, Drop Bomb, Laser and BIG Laser!
  • Ducks, Seagulls, UFOs, Devil Planes, Propellor Planes, Squids - you can shoot all these things and more!
  • Simple yet fluid gameplay systems based on physics, you can stall if going too slow and also gain supersonic speed by diving fast towards the Earth for a competitve advantage.
  • More than 8 different pick-ups to boost your plane.
  • Local WiFi Multiplayer - challenge your friends to a one-on-one dogfight to the death!

Full review to come. First impressions are being reported in our forums.

App Store Link: MiniSquadron, $2.99

  • DGH94

    This is awesome! Love everything about it.
    The video looks as if it's running in slo-mo. It's WAYYYY faster in-game.

  • DGH94

    This is awesome! Love everything about it.
    The video looks as if it's running in slo-mo. It's WAYYYY faster in-game.

  • Mike

    Does it come with that awesome classical music too?

  • Mike

    Does it come with that awesome classical music too?

  • DGH94

    Yep, and kick butt sound effects. :D
    It's awesome in every way possible. :D

  • DGH94

    Yep, and kick butt sound effects. :D
    It's awesome in every way possible. :D

  • EatKodosDaily

    "More than 8 different pick-ups to boost your plane."

    So... 9? 10?

    • DGH94

      I'm thinking there is 10 if I'm not mistaken, but they are all really different. There is also 56 planes to unlock, and 8 levels with 12 stages each. Each stage lasts 2-3 minutes. :D
      So that's over 3 hours of gameplay just to finish the game, not including all the grinding required to unlock all the planes. :D

  • EatKodosDaily

    "More than 8 different pick-ups to boost your plane."

    So... 9? 10?

    • DGH94

      I'm thinking there is 10 if I'm not mistaken, but they are all really different. There is also 56 planes to unlock, and 8 levels with 12 stages each. Each stage lasts 2-3 minutes. :D
      So that's over 3 hours of gameplay just to finish the game, not including all the grinding required to unlock all the planes. :D

  • Anthony

    This reminds me a lot of my favorite old Intellivision game, the Biplane shooting in Triple Action. I'll be getting it and reliving the old days!

    • http://www.caweb.de charnold

      then you should also try out Biplane Duel :)

  • Anthony

    This reminds me a lot of my favorite old Intellivision game, the Biplane shooting in Triple Action. I'll be getting it and reliving the old days!

    • http://www.caweb.de charnold

      then you should also try out Biplane Duel :)

  • K

    Been playing this game for a few hours now, and I'm in love. Excellent game. Between it and Soosiz, I have my two favourite iPhone games so far.

  • K

    Been playing this game for a few hours now, and I'm in love. Excellent game. Between it and Soosiz, I have my two favourite iPhone games so far.

  • peter

    How is the control ? not usually a fan of virtual sticks (castle of magic) and how if the multiplayer ? it really does look good !

  • peter

    How is the control ? not usually a fan of virtual sticks (castle of magic) and how if the multiplayer ? it really does look good !

  • http://www.iphonelife.com/ Menneisyys

    Multiplayer demo video (also showing the differences between the 3G and the 3G S; fortunately, there aren’t any, speed-wise) uploaded to youtube.com/watch?v=wbmCl8HAcCs

    (Again, sorry for forcing you to copy/paste the address above – posting even YouTube direct [that is, clickable] links results in being put in a very long and slow moderation queue.)

    The usual stuff applies: only one person operates the two phones at the same time etc. That is, do NOT complain about your not seeing the full multiplayer potential. Instead, be happy with the very high technical quality of the video showing even the smallest animations and pixels in the oceans of typical low-quality, crappy ones. Please read my previous posts for more of my other remarks on my multiplayer demo videos.)

    • http://www.minisquadron.com Tak Fung

      That video is awesome Menneisyys!!

      • http://www.iphonelife.com/ Menneisyys

        Thanks :)

  • http://www.iphonelife.com/ Menneisyys

    Multiplayer demo video (also showing the differences between the 3G and the 3G S; fortunately, there aren’t any, speed-wise) uploaded to youtube.com/watch?v=wbmCl8HAcCs

    (Again, sorry for forcing you to copy/paste the address above – posting even YouTube direct [that is, clickable] links results in being put in a very long and slow moderation queue.)

    The usual stuff applies: only one person operates the two phones at the same time etc. That is, do NOT complain about your not seeing the full multiplayer potential. Instead, be happy with the very high technical quality of the video showing even the smallest animations and pixels in the oceans of typical low-quality, crappy ones. Please read my previous posts for more of my other remarks on my multiplayer demo videos.)

    • http://www.minisquadron.com Tak Fung

      That video is awesome Menneisyys!!

      • http://www.iphonelife.com/ Menneisyys

        Thanks :)

  • Ddyracer

    this game is awesome. been playing for a while now and the only concern i have is the game is too short. you could finish in maybe 5 hours. or less. but that's just levels. there's 50 planes to unlock and i only unlocked about 5 or 6. awesome game if your really bored. easily throws jet car stunts out of the water.

  • Ddyracer

    this game is awesome. been playing for a while now and the only concern i have is the game is too short. you could finish in maybe 5 hours. or less. but that's just levels. there's 50 planes to unlock and i only unlocked about 5 or 6. awesome game if your really bored. easily throws jet car stunts out of the water.

  • Sentientdead

    This is probably the one of the best games I have bought to date. Its cheap, its fun, and the controls and game play are perfect. Haven't been able to find any online players yet though. Spread the word!

    • http://www.iphonelife.com/ Menneisyys

      It only has local multiplayer, not online one. If you do need online multiplayer in a somewhat similar title, you need to go for the vastly inferior Air Force Online by CDE as is also pointed out in my latest update ( http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=652754&postcount=100 ) of the Multiplayer Bible.

      • Sentientdead

        Yah, I just realized it only has local multi-player. Oh well, I will just have to force some of my friends to buy it then. Still Awesome!

  • Sentientdead

    This is probably the one of the best games I have bought to date. Its cheap, its fun, and the controls and game play are perfect. Haven't been able to find any online players yet though. Spread the word!

    • http://www.iphonelife.com/ Menneisyys

      It only has local multiplayer, not online one. If you do need online multiplayer in a somewhat similar title, you need to go for the vastly inferior Air Force Online by CDE as is also pointed out in my latest update ( http://forums.toucharcade.com/showpost.php?p=652754&postcount=100 ) of the Multiplayer Bible.

      • Sentientdead

        Yah, I just realized it only has local multi-player. Oh well, I will just have to force some of my friends to buy it then. Still Awesome!

  • Brian

    lol get a real ipod

  • Brian

    lol get a real ipod