Apr 27, 2015
Close Air Support is a an interesting plane action game that begs to be checked out.
The game flows fairly easily; it is presented in 2D form, and essentially incorporates side-scrolling as the main means of visual movement. The protagonist plane starts off from the left, and the idea is to destroy as many ground vehicles as possible. Easier said than done, because there is a limited amount of ammo, and some of those vehicles are armored, and cheeky enough to fire back.
At the onset, the original plane defines the word “basic” with regard to looks; we’re talking about what look like a crop dusting biplane. It does have the expected retinue of weapons, and using the virtual joystick to the bottom right, it’s possible to guide the perpetually forward flying craft up or down. The bank of weapon on the right control missiles and dropped bombs, and there is also an unlimited range of bullets. Each of these munition type has an efficacy ratings (bullets least, dropped mega bombs most), so a bit of strategy with regard as to when to use what is needed to progress far.
The direction button is useful in creating diving runs, and also to avoid the enemy fire that becomes a real hazard the further one goes. There is only so much damage the player’ craft can take, so, it eventually becomes a game of cat and mouse, diving and ascending. The concept of opportunity costs/risk reward is paramount: does one fly high in relative safety, or cruise low, get the hits but risk incurring lethal damage?
Successful destruction yields gold coins, and these coins can be used to upgrade craft and attributes. Real cash can be used — and I like the unlock tiers provided by the developer — but real cash does not necessarily have to be utilized.
It is a lot of the same; the game does not deviate much from its opening challenge in terms of varying elements, the simplicity which makes it so easy to get into almost hamstrings it a bit. Still, for those that know what it’s about, it can be an enjoyable, time-killing romp that doesn’t make one feel bad for unlocking the whole thing.