Late last year we reviewed MiniSquadron, a 2D, side-scrolling aerial combat game that we thoroughly enjoyed and was a hit with our readers. Developers MrFungFung have followed up their original title with a content-rich sequel, MiniSquadron Special Edition [AppStore].

Gameplay in the new MiniSquadron Special Edition is identical to that in the original game, so instead of reiterating what we originally reviewed, we'll just cover what has been added.

Primarily, the fee structure has changed. MiniSquadron Special Edition is now a free to download game, offering the first two levels for free and including the remaining 6 levels in the form of 3 separate level packs for $0.99 each. Each level contains waves of progressively harder enemies that you must defeat to continue. Essentially this adds to the same $2.99 price of the first game, but it should now be more accessible to those who never got around to giving the original MiniSquadron a try.

Content-wise, there are a whopping 50+ new aircraft to unlock, which also introduce the helicopter to your squadron ranks. As expected, the helicopter can hover and brings greater manoeuvrability and control. More than that though, it changes up the gameplay you're more than familiar with by now and gives a fresh perspective on how to tackle each of the 8 new levels. MiniSquadron Special Edition also features 2 new power-ups, Freeze and Rapid Fire (which can both be used against you, too) and are rather self-explanatory. Also included is a new fireball weapon-type that is unlocked for certain aircraft.

As in the previous version, the handcrafted levels are all individually themed (you can take your dogfighting into space to fly amongst aliens, or to the arctics to play with penguins) and really present a terrific backdrop to the frantic flying action. There is still a Classic mode (which offers waves of individual challenges per level) and a Survival mode to play through. MiniSquadron Special Edition also allows for Network play via WiFi.

We're a bit disappointed that our biggest wish for the first version hasn't been provided. There is no online multiplayer, and network play is restricted to 1 v 1 battles only-- overlooking the opportunity for this game to really shine by offering dogfighting between several players at once.

If you are a big fan of the first Minisquadron, then MiniSquadron Special Edition will be an obvious must-buy for you. The gameplay is identical despite the new additions, so essentially you're purchasing additional levels and a large number of new plane unlocks. We're sad that there is no expanded multiplayer functionality, as it would have offered something fresh for those that had their MiniSquadron fill in the original title.

This doesn't seem to have discouraged our forum readers though, who are already expressing their enthusiasm for the sequel on our forums.

App Store Link: MiniSquadron Special Edition, Free (With 3 In-App Level Packs for $0.99 each).

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  • JCat

    Never played the first one -- but just tried this out (on iPad actually) and it's fantastic even in 2X. Great graphics, mad addiction, excellent sound, and really good controls just for starters. This is the kind of game I don't mind paying for extra levels!

    • Biggles

      does 2X change the quality of it?

  • JCat

    Never played the first one -- but just tried this out (on iPad actually) and it's fantastic even in 2X. Great graphics, mad addiction, excellent sound, and really good controls just for starters. This is the kind of game I don't mind paying for extra levels!

    • Biggles

      does 2X change the quality of it?

  • Lord Gek

    My one whine is that you can click on a link from the game's main map to the ORIGINAL GAME's map but if you click on any territory it's just a way to purchase the original game, not actually a link to the original game if you already have it installed.

  • Lord Gek

    My one whine is that you can click on a link from the game's main map to the ORIGINAL GAME's map but if you click on any territory it's just a way to purchase the original game, not actually a link to the original game if you already have it installed.

  • The Theory

    Hmm, this just reminded me that I have the original minisquadron, but never actually got around to playing it before. After trying the first level I have to say that it is a very well put together game. Cool stuff.

  • The Theory

    Hmm, this just reminded me that I have the original minisquadron, but never actually got around to playing it before. After trying the first level I have to say that it is a very well put together game. Cool stuff.

  • iPhone User

    The thing I hate is how you really only get 2 levels for free. I, for one, would much rather a LITE be released and this be another paid game. I mean, you can't even unlock certain planes unless you obtain a certain score on paid maps.

    • MichaelE

      So you'd rather have a Lite version with 2 levels and a Full with all levels than here, the first 2 levels free and you pay to unlock the rest...?
      It's the same thing!!

  • iPhone User

    The thing I hate is how you really only get 2 levels for free. I, for one, would much rather a LITE be released and this be another paid game. I mean, you can't even unlock certain planes unless you obtain a certain score on paid maps.

    • MichaelE

      So you'd rather have a Lite version with 2 levels and a Full with all levels than here, the first 2 levels free and you pay to unlock the rest...?
      It's the same thing!!

  • Lavey

    Other In-App game...

  • Lavey

    Other In-App game...

  • IllusionNot

    I have the original and there has been no updates for more than three months now. This should have been released over the past months as free updates instead of holding it back and now charging them as in-app packs in a sequel. I'll pass this one.

    • MikeM

      Can you please tell me why the developer should provide you free updates for the rest of time? So for $2.99 you want free content forever - like you own a slave? You're an utter f**king idiot IllusionNot - the next time you go and buy a soft drink from a store - why don't you take an empty can and ask for refills, and see what the guy behind the till says to you

    • K

      Why? Why should the developer put more NEW content into his game for free? Why do you expect this? I can understand if he updates with bug fixes, but new content is not something you are somehow ENTITLED to....

      When I buy milk at the grocery shop, I don't demand refills for free.

      • Michael E

        I'll admit that I'd prefer small content updates to be free, a level or two, a few planes. Sure I'd expect it to be free.
        However, MrFungFung has released
        8 new maps, all with new graphics.
        +50 new planes and a new game mechanic in the heli
        2 new power ups
        1 new weapon

        Compare to the original that had 8 maps, +50 planes...

        I can't see how anyone can be That greedy that they expect to get what is basicly as much content as the first game as a whole, for free.

        Soon we'll have people moaning about Final Fantasy 15-XX not being free patches because they bought One FF game.

    • Lars

      The sense of entitlement from people on this site will never cease to astonish me. It's like most of you are 15 year olds with no sense that people are creating games to make money, not solely to keep you entertained. (As if people like IllusionNot would even deserve that.)

      Besides there are almost no games that continually give out free content in updates, without having some sort of DLC available as well. Even Minigore.

      If you don't think this game is worth three dollars, you're not obliged to pay it, but keep your mouth shut about your ridiculous expectations.

    • Biggles

      THERE IS AN UPDATE FOR THE ORIGINAL RELEASED SOON!

  • IllusionNot

    I have the original and there has been no updates for more than three months now. This should have been released over the past months as free updates instead of holding it back and now charging them as in-app packs in a sequel. I'll pass this one.

    • MikeM

      Can you please tell me why the developer should provide you free updates for the rest of time? So for $2.99 you want free content forever - like you own a slave? You're an utter f**king idiot IllusionNot - the next time you go and buy a soft drink from a store - why don't you take an empty can and ask for refills, and see what the guy behind the till says to you

    • K

      Why? Why should the developer put more NEW content into his game for free? Why do you expect this? I can understand if he updates with bug fixes, but new content is not something you are somehow ENTITLED to....

      When I buy milk at the grocery shop, I don't demand refills for free.

      • Michael E

        I'll admit that I'd prefer small content updates to be free, a level or two, a few planes. Sure I'd expect it to be free.
        However, MrFungFung has released
        8 new maps, all with new graphics.
        +50 new planes and a new game mechanic in the heli
        2 new power ups
        1 new weapon

        Compare to the original that had 8 maps, +50 planes...

        I can't see how anyone can be That greedy that they expect to get what is basicly as much content as the first game as a whole, for free.

        Soon we'll have people moaning about Final Fantasy 15-XX not being free patches because they bought One FF game.

    • Lars

      The sense of entitlement from people on this site will never cease to astonish me. It's like most of you are 15 year olds with no sense that people are creating games to make money, not solely to keep you entertained. (As if people like IllusionNot would even deserve that.)

      Besides there are almost no games that continually give out free content in updates, without having some sort of DLC available as well. Even Minigore.

      If you don't think this game is worth three dollars, you're not obliged to pay it, but keep your mouth shut about your ridiculous expectations.

    • Biggles

      THERE IS AN UPDATE FOR THE ORIGINAL RELEASED SOON!

  • DeadCell

    Got the first one for free when it was on that original december free app a day site. I thought it would be great to get this new one and actually pay the devs for their great work, but when I try to purchase levels, it tells me "this is not a Test User account. Please try again".

    • Tak Fung

      Hey DeadCell? Can you tell me which country you are in please? Would you email me on mini.squadron.game [at] gmail com please? That sounds highly worrying...

      • Alan

        I'm in North America and I was getting this same error message on the Special Edition. To get around it I just bought the full edition.

      • Alan

        *America (USA).

      • Biggles

        Tak, it is really worrying, my best friend and his friend all had the same problem!

  • DeadCell

    Got the first one for free when it was on that original december free app a day site. I thought it would be great to get this new one and actually pay the devs for their great work, but when I try to purchase levels, it tells me "this is not a Test User account. Please try again".

    • Tak Fung

      Hey DeadCell? Can you tell me which country you are in please? Would you email me on mini.squadron.game [at] gmail com please? That sounds highly worrying...

      • Alan

        I'm in North America and I was getting this same error message on the Special Edition. To get around it I just bought the full edition.

      • Alan

        *America (USA).

      • Biggles

        Tak, it is really worrying, my best friend and his friend all had the same problem!

  • NotReally

    Sorry, I'll have to pass. I don't want to support that kind of Micro-In-App-Purchases. Give me the full game for $2 and I will buy it.

    • Lars

      You can buy the whole game. Just pay for three levels at once and you have the whole thing. It's really not that big a deal, it's not like this is one of those mafia games, Eliminate or that MM that keeps requiring you to pay.

      Or would doing that somehow violate some sort of rules or standards you just set for yourself right before you posted this?

  • NotReally

    Sorry, I'll have to pass. I don't want to support that kind of Micro-In-App-Purchases. Give me the full game for $2 and I will buy it.

    • Lars

      You can buy the whole game. Just pay for three levels at once and you have the whole thing. It's really not that big a deal, it's not like this is one of those mafia games, Eliminate or that MM that keeps requiring you to pay.

      Or would doing that somehow violate some sort of rules or standards you just set for yourself right before you posted this?

  • Cronos_qc

    What I loved about MiniSquadron was the music. Does it have classical music again?

    • Tak Fung

      Yes it does! Each level has its own classical music theme - if you're into that kinda thing :)

  • Cronos_qc

    What I loved about MiniSquadron was the music. Does it have classical music again?

    • Tak Fung

      Yes it does! Each level has its own classical music theme - if you're into that kinda thing :)