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Video GameSky Force Reloaded (Series) Review
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Posted: 9 weeks ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Sky Force Reloaded is a fast arcade-style shooting game where you defeat enemies, earn money and upgrade your ship. As you shoot down huge opponents and dodge barrages of attacks, you save civilians and upgrade your ship with unique upgrades that make you strong enough to take on the next stage. It stands out for its unique combination of frantic shoot-em-up levels with role-playing elements as you personalise your plane.

You play a lone pilot who ventures into enemy territory to take on the vast armies of ships that await you and rescue the civilians left stranded below. In each of the fifteen levels, you move about the screen as it continually moves forward and must shoot the enemy planes and dodge their attacks as they come into view. You collect stars by destroying enemies, rescuing civilians, and taking on specific level challenges. These can be used to upgrade the different systems on your ship, .

While it's a simple concept, you can quickly find yourself swamped by the sheer number of simultaneous attacks and enemies facing you. Repeated runs at each level enable you to gather enough stars to upgrade your ship to improve your chances. This adds an unusual role-play aspect to the quick action shooting and offers more strategic complexity than is common in these shoot-em-up games.

The result is a unique challenge that pits you against seemingly insurmountable adversity, forcing you to experiment and hone your skill as you play in a unique gameplay loop of replaying the levels, upgrading your ship, and texting your strength against the next threat.

There have been a number of games in the Sky Force series, all offering a similar gameplay experience:
  • Sky Force (2004) Android, iOS, Symbian, Pocket PC.
  • Sky Force Reloaded (2006) Android, iOS, Symbian, Pocket PC, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation 3 Mini (called Sky Force on PlayStation systems).
  • Sky Force 2014 (2014) Android, iOS.
  • Sky Force Anniversary (2015) PC, Mac, Apple TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U.
  • Sky Force Reloaded (2017) - Different to the earlier game with the same name. PC, Mac, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Tesla cars.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 01/01/2004, updated in 2018

Price: 30% off

Platforms: Android, Apple TV, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii U, Xbox One and iOS

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1-2

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Role-Play, Shooting and Strategy

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: I Dreams Games (@IDreamsGames)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 14 hours and 20 hours to complete. Although there are only fifteen levels, you need to beat each one multip;e times in order to upgrade your plane enough to beat the next level, so it does take quite some time to beat.
 

Play StylePlay Style

You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. You can play co-operatively with a friend, both using your own plane to take on more difficult levels and bosses.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Sky Force Reloaded is rated PEGI 7 for Violence. The game features real world vehicles; helicopters, airplanes, boats, etc. that can be shot down. These vehicles explode into a fiery ball and leave power-ups or stars for you to collect. It’s clear that these vehicles are controlled by humans, but these are never seen. The game also contains an array of fantasy vehicles. Mechanised spider-like tanks, futuristic turrets etc. These can be shot multiple times, just like the regular units, before they explode. These units are classified as fantasy characters.

Skill Rating

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to quickly dodge vast clouds of bullets and other projectiles rapidly as they appear, and must have the perseverance and patience to continue playing the same levels until you're strong enough to move on to the next.

CostsCosts

Sky Force Reloaded usually costs £6.99 to £8.99. 

Sky Force Anniversary

Sky Force Reloaded

There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Sky Force Reloaded Accessibility Report documents 16 accessibility features:
This report is based on the latest game, Sky Force Reloaded (2017). Previous games may differ in the accessibility options available.

You often need to very quickly react to incoming attacks and enemies, and moving your ship precisely is essential. Because the screen is always moving, you can fail to rescue civilians if you don't do it before they leave the screen, so the game is not low pressure. While there are difficulty settings for each level, you start on the easiest difficulty and unlock the harder ones, but even on the easiest difficulty you need to spend time upgrading your ship before you can beat them, and in order to beat the game you need to beat some of the levels on a harder difficulty as well.

Much of the text throughout the game, including subtitles, is small and low in contrast. A voice does tell you when you find a ship upgrade in the stage, which is in addition to a visual cue.

Because the screen is always moving forward and all you do is shoot enemies, navigation isn't a part of the game. many of the backgrounds can be distracting, and there are screen-shake effects and flashes occasionally. Much of the game is also low contrast, and some enemies and objects can be difficult to distinguish because of this and also due to their small size. Aside from on helicopter rotor blades, there is no motion blur.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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