White-knuckled, close range dogfighting is not a common theme for video games. Most flight sims from the ancient times of computing would try to simulate flight more than combat, and those that did simulate combat strove for realism - which left little room for intense dogfighting action. Very few have ever even tried, Crimson Skies being the most notable and recent example. Fortunately this is why we have independent game developers.
Altitude is a 2D dogfighting game that takes the action and intense maneuvering of dogfighting and stuffs it into a screen with tons of other planes. Primarily a multiplayer game, you can still play single player by filling in the other spots with bots. There are 7 gameplay modes such as Deathmatch and Team Base Destruction which add plenty of variety to the basic gameplay. There's also 5 different planes, each with different weapons and handling characteristics, and numerous perks and skins to customize them with.
Which all serves as window dressing around the basic gameplay, which is straight-up dogfighting. You fly your plane around the level looking for other planes to shoot down. You have a primary weapon, a secondary weapon and a special ability that you can pick up at several spots throughout the map. You also have an afterburner which comes in handy when your plane stalls out. Stalling and the afterburner make for a highly manuverable dogfight, as you can literally drop straight down then kick on the afterburners to fly right behind your opponent.
The art and levels are all fairly colorful and reminiscent of Worms and similar 2D shooting games, very serviceable. There's also a fairly extensive map editor and community maintained documentation. As an added bonus for parents there is an entire page setup for starting a “Child Safe Account”. While there seems to be a “community point” system to unlock skins for the planes, there doesn't seem to be a way to directly buy the points, so it's not a microtransaction system. Various planes and perks are unlocked as you play the game, similar to Call of Duty 4.
Why You Should Check This Out: Altitude is a 2D dogfighting game with tons of customization and play modes wrapped around an addicting action game. It's online multiplayer component provides endless play while still allowing controls to make the online experience kid-friendly. Multiplayer that's just pure action combined with tight controls makes for an addicting combination.
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