Become a blimp pilot

Blimp: The Flying Adventures is a blimp-piloting arcade game that has polished production values and gameplay similarities to both taxi and classic thrust-and-land games.

Blimp: The Flying Adventures is a blimp-piloting arcade game that has polished production values and gameplay similarities to both taxi and classic thrust-and-land games. Its interface makes great use of the iPhone and iPod Touch: you tilt your device left and right to control your blimp's pitch, and you tap a touch-screen button (again and again) with your right thumb for thrust. After the first few levels, you can also drop a limited supply of bombs with a left-thumb button.

In the game's sci-fi story, you play Captain Zed Pelin working for a merchant company on the planet Solbot in the midst of an alien invasion by the planet Tarra. You navigate various hazard-filled environments--from swampy to arctic, all beautifully rendered in a hand-painted style--and a single-panel comic introduces each level, providing incremental bits of storyline and your objectives (usually some combination of picking up packages and transporting passengers between landing zones, all before a timer runs out and often while fending off air- and ground-based enemies along the way). You can also pick up power-ups to boost your health, timer, and points, and a clever spinning-globe menu lets you go back and retry older missions, with 20 levels in all.

Blimp could probably use more variety in its level design, but it's hard to find too much fault with such a winning, well-designed, and fun game, from its distinctive art direction to its headphone-worthy (as advertised) sound design. Definitely a good value, and a must for fans of these types of games.

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