Developers Seed Interactive bring their mobile game know how to Nintendo Switch in Skies of Fury DX, a WW1 dogfighting, barrel-rolling fight in the skies. Prepare to be a victorious fighter pilot or be shot down in flames. Either way, we think you’re going to like it, so buckle up and enjoy the ride.
Skies of Fury DX wraps its self up in a bright comic-book style and along with its dramatic orchestrated soundtrack things get off to an exciting start. You play as either a British or German pilot in the historic battle Bloody April, 1917. The campaigns are split into 3 types; a standard dogfight, an escort type scenario and a timed course where you must pass through coloured rings. While the latter has nothing to do with any famous battle, it does come as a welcome break from all the gun firing and tests your aircraft control to the maximum too.
Rumbling in the skies, your WW1 plane shimmers in the contrasting sky clouds waiting for its enemy to enter the fray. In the distance the low hum of aircraft alert you, and before your next breath you’re in the thick of it. Skies of Fury does not waste any time in presenting ample opportunity to let rip with payloads of machine gun fire. The glow of your cross hair lets you know you’re on target and it’s a meaty, satisfying feeling shooting down enemy planes. Nice touches of smoke exiting the tail of the craft make it look all the more exhilarating. The feeling is amplified with the super slick manoeuvres you can pull with the twin stick controls. Swooping high, banking left and right or looping the loop, Skies of Fury delivers in the handling section to give you a perfect arcade feel aerial shooter. And once more, it’s heaps of fun.
What I also love is how Seed Interactive have gone away with the idea of radar, so there’s no displaying where the enemy aircraft are and in which direction they are heading. Instead you have a special targeting system. Here the camera pulls out to display where the nearest enemy is. It’s then up to you to head in the desired location and take down the plane. All this is done in slow motion, it’s a way cool feature and I’m surprised I’ve not seen this done before.
There is a great tactical feel to Skies of Fury. Cloud cover offers a hiding place if you’re taking too much damage and the D -Pad lets you perform some outlandish moves to shake off the chasing enemy. One thing though is that Skies of Fury does lack variety. The 3 different modes, while being fun, do limit things. Different missions would have been nice to mix things up a little. But saying that, what Skies of Fury does is excellent, so why waver off track. A vast selection of planes with different skins, loot boxes, multiplayer split screen battle modes and aircraft upgrades makes for a jam-packed Nintendo Switch title. If that’s not enough you also have 100 levels to shoot your way through.
Can we expect to see more dogfighting action from Seed Interactive? I really hope so. A WW2 backdrop would be a welcome continuation to the series and give Switch some much needed action in the skies. Trigger fingers crossed.
With perfect handling and relentless battles, Skies of Fury DX is a sure fire hit on Nintendo Switch.
Lizard Rating: 8.5/10