Air Twister

released on Jun 24, 2022
by Ys Net

Soar through the sky battling against invaders in this all-new fantasy endless shooter from legendary game creator, Yu Suzuki. Players will assume the role of Princess Arch fighting back against bizarre invaders to save their planet from destruction. They’ll rain down their homing arrows to trace graceful arcs of light across beautiful, artfully crafted stages, before they pierce their foes. With a fun and easy touchscreen swipe-shooting gameplay mechanic, the destiny of the planet is in the player’s hands.

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not exactly sure how interested i am in grinding out runs of this (it takes far too long for stages to really provide much friction, scoring doesn't seem to have an interesting hook, it suffers from having a prototypical f2p progression system that ensures playing the game a lot is enough to play the game more effectively, etc.) but it's a genuine shame a title this inventive from someone as generally renowned as yu suzuki will no doubt crumble to dust in the wind after it inevitably stops being supported after a few years. this is nothing new for mobile games i suppose, and it might just be that the control scheme of this one is more-or-less intrinsically tied to the hardware it was built for, but there's no doubt in my mind this game will inevitably die with the iphone.
no clue how this plays on mac - i just found out as i'm writing this that there's a version for that device - but the control scheme for portable devices genuinely delights me and honestly is enough to carry the whole experience for me. having to constantly handoff control of moving and shooting between hands is a really cool idea that i haven't seen elsewhere, and one that i don't think would translate quite as well to two analog sticks, at least not in quite the same way. it feels really cool to have a new game with juggling control of your character being at the forefront of the experience, so many modern titles are obsessed with having such modular and customizable controls that naturally lend themselves to easier preservation and portability, but rarely if ever provide an inventive play experience like one you’d see in a fucked up little mobile game. give it a fair shot and you might be surprised!
despite all that, the biggest surprise was easily the soundtrack and general sound design. whoever decided enemy plasma shots should sound like blowing bubbles while layering queen knockoff music on top of the whole thing deserves the nobel prize

plays like a bizarro space harrier/panzer dragoon riff. might unironically be one of the best games this year. princess arch needs to be in the pantheon of gaming legends pronto. only yu suzuki can make this many bolted together assets have this much swag. thats why he's the crown prince of gaming and the rest of you are making two hour long video essays about how shenmue 3 didnt cure your anhedonia

If someone put this game in front of me with no context, I'd assume it was a mobile port of some really bad obscure 1998 Dreamcast game that only released in Japan.
You know how Cats (2019) came out and everyone was like "Oh man. It's so bad you gotta go see it. It's terrible"
Air Twister is like that but for video games. The visuals, the menus with Papyrus font, the generally hideous UI, the weird Queen knock-off music. This game is absolutely bonkers. I cannot believe this is a new video game that came out in the year 2022.
+ The actual gameplay's not terrible
+ So bad it's funny so it's got at least a little entertainment value
- Hideous UI feat. Papyrus
- Run based gameplay gets repetitive quickly
- Bad art direction that doesn't suit the mobile graphics

no way i’m the first idiot playing this day one on this website