While Hipster Whale’s smash-hit debut Crossy Road was inspired by Frogger, follow-up Shooty Skies is another blast from the past. Based on the classic shoot-’em-up genre, it adds its own unique style and humour to the established formula.
Guaranteed to raise a smile, it sees you shooting down blocky 3D enemies including arcade cabinets and ghetto blasters, while avoiding projectiles such as retro joysticks. Control is as simple as sliding a single finger around the screen to move your biplane, which fires an endless stream of bullets unless you lift your finger to charge the special rocket attack – which proves handy against tougher enemies and bosses, as do collected power ups. With the screen often packed full of foes and bullets, the action can become chaotic and confusing, but oddly never that frustrating.
Upon dying, you’re given the option to continue by spending collected coins or watching a video ad. Coins can also be spent on temporary (two-hour) weapons. A large roster of cute pilot characters – each with their own backdrop, adding to the visual variety – can also be unlocked or simply bought via IAPs.
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