It’s been a long time since I’ve played a good Call of Duty game, but one of my favorite parts in those games were when you got to take control of a drone and lay waste to unsuspecting soldiers or when you got control of an AC-130 gunship and got to do the same. These were gameplay elements that were completely different from the FPS aspect of the main game that they always stood out more to me for some reason. If you ever thought that these parts of the game would be well suited for mobile devices, then you’re not alone because there have been several devs who thought the same. For instance, Drone: Shadow Strike is just such a game in which you take control of various military drones engaging on covert military missions.
What makes Drone: Shadow Strike fun for me is that the entire game is that the whole game is from the perspective of your drone. These were some of my favorite parts of console military games and now I can play just that on my mobile phone. The game isn’t just straight up action though. There are RPG like elements to it where you gain money and XP from carrying out missions and then spend that cash on upgraded weapons, armor, and drones. And though this game follows a free-to-play model where there are in-app purchases, you don’t ever really need to use them as you can unlock everything by just playing the game.
Graphically, its a great looking game. Most of the action is seen through a FLIR (Forward looking Infrared) camera. This gives the game a very military authentic look. Menus are a bit more colorful an lively but overall, they did a great job here with the UI and making things look like you are actually in control of a sophisticated military drone.
Drone: Shadow Strike however isn’t going to be for everyone, despite how good this game is. It’s made for a specific type of gamer, mainly those that like action games or military simulations. I like playing those types of games too so I do enjoy this one. I’ve always like the drone sequences in console war games so being able to play something similar to that on my mobile phone is certain welcome.
App Store Link: Drone: Shadow Strike
Developer: Reliance Big Entertainment
In-App Purchases: Yes
Compatible Devices: (Universal App) Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Drone Shadow strike is the most epic military warfare game that offers an addictive mixture of strategy, fast-paced combat and real action! Operate the world’s best UCAVs with an arsenal of weapons and bring the rain!
THIS GAME DOES NOT SUPPORT 3rd or 4th GEN iPOD TOUCH, iPAD 1, iPHONE 3G & iPHONE 4.
Set in the heart of covert aerial warfare, with real world inspired immersive environments and the original FLIR (Forward looking Infrared) camera, the game puts you in the hot seat of a special ops operator. You must work your way up the chain of command over a series of covert missions, using ultra high tech equipment, strategy & skills and superior firepower to lay waste to the enemies of the state, all at the tap of your fingertips!
Reaper, evade enemy fire and raid their bases before they take you out. You are clear to engage!
The game is completely free to play but some in-game items require an in-app payment. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases on your device.
•Fly 7 different types of UCAVs, from prototypes to official in-service aircrafts!
•Defend, Survive, Strike or Escort; 24 missions in 4 real world inspired campaigns.
•Cannons, Guided Missiles, Rockets & Bombs; 4 types of weapons, 20 ways to light ‘em up.
•Superior upgrades. Choose to be light & stealthy or loud & proud!
•7 Additional enhancements. Dominate the battlefield with airstrikes, nukes & more!
•Simple and easy intuitive touch controls, command the battle with just a fingertip!
•Fight alongside friendly AI forces. Provide overwatch and protect them at all costs!
•20 official Ranks. Start as an Airman Basic and rise up to command as a Master General.
•Over 282 Challenges & 70 Achievements.
•Compete with friends and others around the globe via Facebook & Game Center leaderboards.
•More campaign episodes to come.
[Source: App Store]