Review Sky Force Reloaded
Still one of the best shoot'em ups on Android
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 15 Jun 2016, tested on HTC One M8
Gorgeous graphics, beautiful levels, engaging enemies
Lengthy progression, must replay levels multiple times
Having played the original Sky Force, I was excited to see what kind of improvements the developers made in Sky Force Reloaded for Android. But, to my dismay, when I jumped in, I felt like I was having deja vu. Everything that I was seeing and experiencing was straight out of the first game, almost verbatim.
Story wise, this game picks up a bit after the first one ended and now there is a new threat that needs to be dealt with. That’s all fine and dandy, but I can barely recall what happened in the first game. When it comes to top-down shooters, the story isn’t really top of mind. Playing through the game, it seemed like the developers were more interested in creating story than anything else.
The gameplay is identical to the first game. You’ll tap and hold onto the screen in order to guide your ship. It fires automatically so you can more attention to obtaining some of the game’s objectives, such as picking up survivors, killing enemies and plenty of other things. When you either day or complete a mission, you’ll gain currency that can then be used to upgrade your ship. There are some new upgrades here, but not many.
The levels are all new, of course, so you’ll get to see and do new things in that aspect. And the game has always been absolutely gorgeous while the controls were top notch. But the game is still just as grindy as it was before when it comes to progression.
If you’re looking for more of the same with Sky Force Reloaded then you certainly won’t be disappointed - this game is everything its predecessor was and slightly more. The problem for me is that it’s only slightly more.