So, as you can see, I'm quite excited about AirAttack HD. Now multiply it by 10, and you'll get to the level of my fascination about how polished everything is in this game. Created by Art In Games, AirAttack HD came to Android a few days ago without much fanfare, but didn't have any trouble reserving a spot in our weekly roundup.

However, it wasn't until an hour ago that I finally got to try it out, and let me tell you, every single little thing about this game is top notch. Cream of the crop. Perhaps it's the relatively low expectations that Android games have been setting in the past, but I am here to tell you that the bar has been raised and set firmly so high that I am prepared to call AirAttack HD the overall best Android game created to date.

That's right, I went there.

There is only one temporary blemish on an otherwise perfect package - only the Lite version has been released so far, with 2 missions, 16 different enemy types, 2 planes, and movie-quality music. Don't fret - the full version is coming in March, with 9 missions, 3 planes, and 64 types of enemies.

Even with what the Lite version had to offer, I was sold. Real-time 3D graphics, destructible buildings, numerous weapon and plane upgrades, and did I mention the music? The minute I started playing, I thought one of my Daft Punk Tron Legacy soundtrack songs came on. It's an immersive experience.

For control freaks (ha), there are, count them, 4 different methods of moving the plane around, which should satisfy just about everyone:

  • touch
  • relative touch
  • joypad
  • tilt

Alright, enough with this rant. Have a look at the screenshots and the video shot on an iOS device (it looks just as good, if not better on Android), and proceed to the download links ASAP:

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Grab your helmets, strap in, and get ready for the barrel rolls. And when you're done, come back and report in with your impressions.

AirAttack HD Lite

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • ari-free

    "but I am here to tell you that the bar has been raised and set firmly so high that I am prepared to call AirAttack HD the overall best Android game created to date."

    hmm wait til you see this :)


    • bk w/ bloody sauce


    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      This is nice, but it hasn't been released yet, has it? Also, I have a feeling that while the graphics are pretty great, the overall gameplay is going to be inferior to AirAttack's, but I may be wrong.

    • BlueScreenJunky

      Yeah but I haven't seen this game run on my Nexus One yet... What is impressive with Air Attack is that it runs (almost) flawlessly on my Nexus One with its crappy Adreno 200 GPU. I can't imagine what these guys would be able to do with a Tegra 2 device !

      Also, the gameplay in Air Attack is very nice, although I tend to prefer shmups where bullets are more visible and you die in one shot.

  • Gayjay

    OK I was going to rip your crazy claims of this being the best android game ever. Surely it couldn't compare to my faves like. Solipski, minisquadron, and reckless racing. It sure didn't.... it was so much better in every aspect... graphics, gameplay, controls. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • sansenoy

    Honestly, a scrolling shooter got you this excited??? If you own an iOS device, try Vertigo Rogue, Spirit, Drawrace, GI Joyride, Zombiesmash, Battleheart, and so many more true modern, touchscreen centric games, this is about as original as pong... Android deserves more than fancy graphics, here's to the honeycomb revolution...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      We are talking about Android gaming here, not iOS. It's a widely known fact that gaming is currently in a better state compared to Android. Among Android games, it is my opinion that this one is the best. I never said it was original, but overall very well put together.

      • sansenoy

        sorry, I'm just a bit pissed cos google still hasn't enabled market purchases in my country, only free and sideloaded stuff for me; while the apple alternative is open for business...

  • boriqua2000

    nothing comes close to mini squadron

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Have you played AirAttack or just saying it based on the video and pictures?

  • John

    If anything, this is a hats off to the idevice. I play this on my ipad, and consider it the best ipad game there is. Tons of fun, and dont miss not having a joy stick. Thrilled that I can play it on my incredible now.

    Haven't found many ipad games in this genre that are this good.

    Blows minisquadron out of the water.

    Agree completely with the review.

  • http://andrewensley.com/ Andrew

    My Captivate can't find it. Booo!

  • Drizz

    Nice but doesn't work on the Advent Vega tablet, you just get the load splash screen and music.

  • vinay

    Unable to install it on my HTC desire, installation repeatedly fails even though have made enough space.

  • Conk

    Will not run on epic 4g. The farthest ive gotten before a crash is the main menu but ive only gotten that far once.

  • steviebee

    Absolutely ace little game. One of the best I've seen in android. Runs very nicely on my Desire HD. Whither the full release tho? Seems to have been awhile since it was announced.