1951 World War One for iPhone. A Dog Fighting Game that is no Dogs Dinner

1951 - World War One

1951 - World War One

1951 World War One Rating: ★★★★½

I’ve never been a huge fan of flying games. My first taste of the genre was The arcade classic Afterburner, however after many humiliating defeats in the local arcade I soon moved on from that. Then I had the idea of testing my skilled of being an airline pilot and purchased Microsoft Flight Simulator, needless to say the 100’s of aborted take off’s and crash landings soon had me to believe that flying commercial airlines should be a career choice that I should avoid.

And that brings us to the present day and the anticipation of playing 1951 World War One which sends you up into the skies as a World War One fighter pilot to dog fight it out against the Nazi’s.

The game is suitably styled in World War 2 style and appropriately patriotic music sets the scene and gets you in the mood to shoot down wave after wave of enemy planes.

You take your plane to the air in one of two modes. In Survival mode your task is simple, survive as long as you can while in Wave mode you face wave after wave of enemy aircraft with your aim to complete as many wave’s as possible. Before you start the game though you must pick one of three characters each with their own unique talents.

Whichever mood and character you choose you will start the game with your winged craft already in the air ready for the ensuing dog fight. There’s no in game help but there are a couple of pages of directions to help you control your plane. However the controls are pretty intuitive and you’ll soon find yourself maneuvering around the skies with ease.

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The steering of you plane is via the iPhones accelerometer while speed is controlled via the throttle that goes up and down the left hand side of the screen. In addition to these basic controls you can also barrel roll both left and right and perform a loop by swiping the screen in the appropriate way.

The ease of the controls enables you to get stuck into the game very quickly and before no time you’ll be in the thick of the action with planes attacking you from all angles. The game is action packed and there’s not much time to relax which is no bad thing.

The planes look great as they swoop through the sky, they may be small but the details are great especially when they get hit and explode into flames!

Success in the game doesn’t go unrewarded as the more planes you shoot down, more levels you complete and the longer you survive will earn you XP that will in turn allow you to get upgrades that will affect such things as the amount of damage you can inflict and damage you receive.

The game is a fun distraction from some of the more taxing titles in the App Store, it’s fun, realistic, action packed and with the OpenFeint integration provides enough challenges to keep you going for quite some time.

The only downside to the game is the lack of any multi player options, I imagine dog fighting via local multi player with your friends or even over the Internet would add even more value to 1951 World War One.


  • Frantic dog fighting action
  • Intuitive controls
  • Entertaining sound track


  • No multi player option

Note: Game reviewed on an iPhone 4

Price: $1.99 (App Store)
Category: Games
Released:Jul 29, 2010
Reviewed Version:1.0
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 20.7 MB
Seller:Treehouse Ltd
© 2010 Treehouse Ltd
Requirements:Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.


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