You are a pilot destined to deliver mail, while performing death-defying feats to maneuver between buildings and hazardous landscapes.
Gameplay: The core gameplay of Air Mail is simple: fly around various islands and towns picking up and delivering mail. The main game mode will keep increasing the difficulty and stunt work required to pull off your mission, while the exploration modes allows you to practice your stunts and learn more about the world you are inhabiting.
The controls are rather fluid, regardless which of the three options you use. There’s motion control in which you fl the plane by moving the iPod, thumb control in which you maneuver the plane using on screen buttons, and a hybrid control scheme that combines features from both of them. Either way you play, the experience is fantastic, however during later stages the game feels like it was meant to be played with the hybrid scheme, as some maneuvers are a bit complex to pull off otherwise.
Presentation: The graphics on this game are quite impressive, and the level designs are vibrant and lively. It’s honestly fun flying around and exploring the levels, seeing the detail put into the game. The music is also quite entertaining for a mobile game, which is rare to see, although it’s still nothing that I would put down money for a sound track on. There is a bit of an over-arching story to the game, but it’s honestly kind of dull, and only really serves as a reason to get your character from point a to point b.
Value: At the price tag of $5, Air Mail is one of the more pricier titles you can get, but it is easily worth the purchase. There is a surprising amount of stuff to collect and do in this game, and it honestly never gets dull. There is a bit of a difficulty curve after the second area in the game, but it’s not too harsh. Anyone should be able to pick up this game and enjoy it.
Final Thoughts: Air Mail is a fantastic romp that is well worth the money. The controls are precise and the gameplay is excellent. If a flight game similar to the style of Starfox then this is for you. If the game style isn’t your type then I’d style at least advise taking a look into it. With that said, I give Air Mail a B+. It could have used a little extra polish in the audio department, but all things considered, this is a great addition to any mobile gamers library.
Acquired: Review Code
Link to buy: iTunes
Release date: May 24, 2012