When it comes to games on Mac or iPhone, I have my favorites. More of the latter than the former. Games on the iPhone are lavish and fun, while games on the Mac seem to take a little more effort to master. That’s the bane of mouse, keyboard, and trackpad.
Alright, what game is fun to use on the Mac that also has an iPhone counterpart? Storm Raiders. Physics aside, this is the most fun I’ve had with a Mac game in years.
Storm Raiders is a World War II air combat game. Think fast flying planes, intricate dog fights against the enemy in an attempt to protect Pearl Harbor or the Coast of Dover in the U.K. The visual effects are just stunning. Take off and land on aircraft carriers or landing strips. The planes are highly detailed and you can actually see progressive damage affecting a plane while in flight.
Storm Raiders lets you fly fighters through accurate atmospheric scattering, complete with an interactive cockpit. There’s also an option to play online with friends. Choose cooperative and competitive modes to build your own squadron or go it alone, Red Barron style.
The action is remarkably fun and the graphics above stunning. Choose a P51 Mustang, or Japanese Zero or a P-38 Lighting. Just don’t expect Storm Raiders’ planes to fly the way real fighters fly. It’s not a flight simulator so planes don’t really fly like real planes. Storm Raiders is more arcade shoot ’em up than anything, but it’s one Mac action game which works well with the keyboard.
Here’s one more grumble. While Storm Raiders is only 99-cents, that’s what I’d call the entry fee. Additional planes, weapons, paint, and even acrobatic maneuvers will cost an additional 99-cents to $1.99. Each.
That in app gotcha brings the price of air combat fun up a bit, but it’s likely to be the most fun you’ll have flying WWII vintage aircraft on a budget.