By Eric Pankoke on Fri, 09/26/2014
Air Supply – SOS (Save Our Sheep) ($1.99) is a great game, and it does what any Air Supply game does best; it provides you with plenty of stuff to unlock. There are also boss fights, a mini game, and perks. Life is all about perks, right?
For the first time in Quantum Sheep history this game actually contains sheep, and your job is to save them by loading them onto space ships. It only takes six sheep to complete a wave, but of course all the bad guys will try to make sure you don’t rescue nearly that many. Thankfully you’ll always have some sort of weapon at your disposal to dispatch the enemies, and you’ll also have slowdown, shield, and mega bomb powerups to help you in your quest. Of course, stars are used to unlock new characters, while killing aliens unlocks different colors and air both keeps you alive and unlocks new music.
After every 10 waves you’ll unlock a new planet and also have to fight a boss. You’ll then have the option to pilot the spaceship through an asteroid field and take out some UFOs before you get to the next planet. This portion is entirely optional and only adds to your total score. There are a bunch of other nifty odds and ends that get thrown into each level, so there's no way you’ll ever be bored. One really neat addition to the Air Supply line of games is the idea of a perk, which is basically a bonus, like starting the game with a certain score or having your air run out more slowly. You get a left perk and a right perk, each of which come from a different set of choices, and you only get to pick these when you start a new game, so you’ll have to choose wisely.
To move around in both the main and mini game you have left and right arrows. You also have a shoot button, but in the main game this button also acts as the “ascend” button. So when you’re not shooting, you’re also falling. It takes some getting used to, but Flappy Bird fanatics should love it. There is Game Center integration, though unfortunately it’s not quite working at the moment. Rest assured that when it is, the 45 achievements the game has to offer will certainly keep you busy.
If you’re familiar with the Air Supply franchise, the graphics will make you feel right at home, and if not, then shame on you. There’s just enough modern flair added to some basic visual design to make the whole thing work without feeling antiquated. It’s what I like to call modern retro wonderful, and it actually makes a two-color scheme palatable for the most part (there are a couple of colors I’m not particularly fond of). Apparently, you can even unlock a multi-color scheme, which I’m really looking forward to. The sound effects are probably my least favorite part of the whole package, but they fit with everything else, so I learned to live with it. The soundtrack is of the 8-bit chiptune variety, and while not every tune is my favorite, I’m impressed with the selection overall.
If I haven’t made it obvious enough yet, I really like this game. Sure it’s not perfect, but as far as casual games go, it ranks near the top. The audio and visual elements maintain the retro quality that the Air Supply franchise holds dear; the action is fast, furious, and plentiful; and most importantly, there’s a ton of stuff to unlock. Air Supply – SOS is a sure bet for some quick gaming goodness, but don’t be surprised if you find it hard to put down.
Overall Score: 4.5 stars out of 5