Remember the hit game Crossy Road? The creators have another in their portfolio called Shooty Skies. It has a similar design and it is fast, infuriating and a lot of fun. It is also free.

Instead of crossing roads as with Crossy Road, you fly through the sky and you pilot a small plane. Well, it has wings, but it does not look like any plane you have seen before. In fact, the whole game is graphically weird, but in an entertaining sort of way.

You fly up the screen and your plane follows your finger wherever you drag it, so you can go up, down, left or right. The ground below scrolls down the screen and the bad guys enter from near the top. Some fly in formation and follow a set path while others appear on their own, in pairs or groups.

The enemy consists of weird objects like ‘80s boomboxes, an arcade machines, laptops, robots, money, floppy disks, and other things that defy description.

Shooty Skies for iPhone  Shooty Skies for iPad

Graphically, it is very strange, but it kind of works and is fun. It is very hard though and you will not last long as the number of enemies approaching from the top of the screen increases and they constantly fire at you. There isn’t a fire button and you simply drag your plane around and it fires automatically. Lift off for a few seconds and when you tap again you fire an extra powerful shot.

There are lots of different pilots to choose from, but they don’t make much difference to the game and you don’t have much time to admire the graphics because there is too much action taking place on the screen, with bullets flying everywhere and explosions taking place.

Sometimes it seems impossible to dodge all the incoming fire and foes, and sometimes you explode and die for no reason. You are probably hit from the side or behind, or you just don’t see something amid all the on-screen chaos.

Shooty Skies for iPhone  Shooty Skies for iPhone

Shooty Skies is fun, but don’t expect to last very long. Just by pure chance you occasionally rack up a big score and the best technique seems to be to forget about trying to aim at the bad guys and focus on avoiding being hit.

Shooty Skies is available for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The only slight irritation is the full screen video ads, which crop up regularly.

Title: Shooty Skies – Endless Arcade Flyer 
Price: Free
Developer: Mighty Games
Version: 1.200
iOS: 8.1 or later
Verdict: Great fun, but tough to play.