Amazon Game Studio goes mobile with Air Patriots launch
Amazon Game Studios on Thursday announced Air Patriots, the first offering for mobile devices to come out of the online retailer’s game development team.
Available as a free download for Android, iOS, and Kindle Fire devices, Air Patriots is modeled after tower defense games in which you defend yourself from invaders by placing obstacles in their path. In Amazon’s take on the tower defense genre, you have a squadron of planes that move around the battlefield trying to destroy enemy tanks before the bad guys exit the map.
When launched, the game features seven different battlefield maps—Grass, Nuke, Desert, Ice, Fire, Magic, and Swamp—and four difficulty settings. Only the first map is unlocked when you start, and it’s not clear at first glance if the other maps unlock as you progress.
In my brief time playing the Android version of the game, I was able to earn 75 in-game credits to unlock the Nuke map and I also saw the Ice map available for 300 credits. The other maps, however, were priced at $1 each or $3 to unlock all of them.
All about the Kindle Fire
While Amazon is releasing Air Patriots on multiple platforms, the game includes extra features exclusively for Kindle Fire users. Air Patriots uses Amazon’s GameCircle, an achievements and leaderboard feature similar to Apple’s Game Center on iOS. Amazon has also built Whispersync, the company’s multi-device sync service, into Air Patriots to allow Kindle users to save gameplay on one device and resume on another.
There are some complaints in the user reviews on Google Play that the game does not work with the Nexus 7, Google’s Asus-built challenger to the Kindle Fire. But an Amazon spokesperson confirmed that Air Patriots is in fact compatible with the Nexus 7.
Air Patriots is AGS’ second game release after launching the Facebook game Living Classics in August.