Up In The Sky. It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s RC Heli 2 for iPhone and iPad 2
RC Heli 2 is a flight simulation game for the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 that has tons of features. The game has a great control system that gives you multiple options on how to control the multiple helicopters at your disposal. Multiple maps and game modes keep this game fresh and add replay value. This game takes some getting used to for the controls but proves to be a feature rich simulation.
The game gives you multiple options for almost everything you do. The control system allows you to use two on screen controls that simulate an RC Heli’s controller as well as the option to use the accelerometer for control. These two options are pretty sweet. I found the buttons to be more precise and overall easier to use but the accelerometer is a great way to get into the game and add a little fun to it. Don’t get me wrong, the game is fun either way but the buttons were the best way to control the heli more precisely. This comes in especially when you are playing “Air Race”.
RC Heli 2 [$1.99, App Store] sports three different game modes. Free Flight, Air Race and Combat mode all bring a different style of gameplay. Free Flight is a must have to get the controls of the game down. It helps you get familiar with the map and allows you to get the little nuances of the control system down.
Air Race is a much more competitive game mode. It requires more control and a sense of urgency. You’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat trying to get to the next checkpoint. Each checkpoint you reach adds a little more time to your clock. It took me a little to figure out that the safe route is the best route for the most part, when I tried to get creative, I usually ran into stuff. That is not good as your helicopter has a health meter that is lowered by running into objects. If you get into a hurry this can become a problem so be careful.
Along with the different game modes and control options, you have multiple helicopters that you can choose from right out of the gate. You start with three options, the beginner 3CH heli, 3CH Pro Beginner helicopter and the 4CH Pro Heli. The first is a larger and easier to control so it makes a great starter helicopter. The pro is smaller, lighter and faster. This obviously makes controlling it a little more complicated at the beginning. Don’t get discouraged at first when trying to control the pro helicopter, it gets easier and easier. The 4CH Pro Heli is a nice, steady bird that is a little more complicated to fly but a nice introduction to the 4CH helis. The additional helicopters are available via in-app purchase. Pricing ranges from $0.99 to $3.99 for the different helis. There is also a combat pack that you can purchase for $1.99 that includes 6 combat missions and 2 combat helicopters. It is cool that these helicopters exist but a little disappointing that more of these aren’t available in the initial game.
The overall presentation of this game is pretty good for a simulation game. The visual aspects are great. The graphics are great but the environment doesn’t change enough for my taste. That is a problem for all but I do like to see the scenery change a bit. The audio is excellent, sound effects are great and the music is good as well. I was very pleased with the overall presentation of RC Heli 2 and if you are a fan of aviation games and especially flight simulation games, then this might just be the game for you.
- Good Controls
- Good Graphics
- Good Audio
- One Environment
- Wish more of the in-app purchases came with the original game
Released: Apr 21, 2011
1.0 (iOS 4.0 Tested)
Size: 33.4 MB
© 2011 Frozen Pepper, Ethervision and iDev2
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later