The Indian Air Force, which is listed as one of the largest Air Force on the planet, has announced the release of their new mobile game. The game called IAF: A Cut Above is now available on both iOS as well as Android.
The game is a combat simulator which lets you take control of various aircraft used by the Indian Air Force. It takes up 1.1GB if you happen to own an iOS device and a mere 330 MB if you plan to install it on Android.
The small size of the APK lets entry-level smartphone users experience the game. The graphics are also pretty good if you consider the overall size of the game. You can choose between three game modes Training, Single-player and Free Flight.
IAF: A Cut Above starts off with the training mode. Initially, the user is made familiar with all the basics of flying and manoeuvring an aircraft, identify targets from above, fire on static and dynamic targets and ends with landing the aircraft safely.
The protagonist of the game is a character named “Abhinandan” and is a clear tribute to the Indian Air Force’s pilot named Abhinandan Varthaman. Abhinandan was captured by Pakistan when his MiG 21 was shot down in a dogfight after the Balakot airstrike. The game also lets you change the name of the pilot in case players don’t want to use the default one.
Coming to the game, it has ten missions currently all of which differ in objectives. However, this is more than just a combat simulator since some of the missions focus on providing humanitarian relief and even takes on IAF’s role to provide relief in case of natural disasters.
The game completely relies on motion control for controlling the aircraft (like Asphalt 8), with separate on-screen buttons for throttle and firing missiles. Once a player completes the basic training, they are then allowed to play single-player missions with missions unlocking progressively.
The third game-mode, Free Flight, lets players take to the skies the aircraft of their choice and can only be played if the user decides to sign in to the app.
Talking about the gameplay, the game is more than just a flight simulator, unlike Tom Clancy’s H.A.W.X. or the popular Ace Combat, both of which solely focus on mid-air combat and nothing more. Graphically, the game is just okay with bare minimum details on anything but the aircraft itself. The ammo and missiles are virtually unlimited, meaning you can have blast and fire as much as you like.
The landscape is more or less the same throughout and offers little variety with some buildings popping in from time to time. All in all, the game is centred around making the players aware of the role of the Indian Air Force, be it actively participating in military operations or providing humanitarian aid.
If you are interested, be sure to give it a try since the game is free to play on both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. What do you think of IAF: A Cut Above? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!