Bomber Crew has been out on PC since last Fall, and we really enjoyed it. It’s a challenging strategy/aircraft simulator that requires quick wits and ability to think on your feet. Bomber Crew is one of those games that I would love to play on consoles. And luckily, console gamers will have the chance to play it on July 10th. Is the game as good on consoles as it is on PC?
In case you have never played it, Bomber Crew is a type of strategy/aircraft simulator. It takes place during World War II, and you run a crew on a bomber. The crew varies depending on the mission, but the basic roles include the pilot, repair, gunner, navigator, and radio operator. Despite the cartoon look, it feels very realistic in that all roles are important, and things on a bomber must be done in order. For example, you can’t send a radio operator to man a turret because he or she won’t be able to call for reinforcements. A gunner can’t fly the plane. That means you need to think carefully about where to send your crew and when.
Not only do you deal with specific roles, but specific things must happen in order and at specific times. It would be really easy to leave the landing gear down the entire flight (one less thing to worry about), but it will cause you to use more fuel and it will affect your bombing run. I love the tiny details that need to be addressed in Bomber Crew. Of course, this means that the game can be very challenging.
In Bomber Crew, you will fly a variety of missions, with each of them being very challenging. The missions have a lot of variety, but the challenge comes from how you utilize your crew. When shit hits the fan, things can go very wrong. Your crew members have one life. Things can go from bad to worse if you lose crew members or if parts of the bomber blow up. You can revive crew members, but that might take a member away from a vital job. In a way, trial and error is your best bet. And be patient! Rushing through your strategy will most likely ruin your mission.
Luckily, you will have the opportunity to upgrade your crew and bomber throughout the game. Besides fun cosmetic upgrades, you can make your bomber faster, more durable, and more powerful. You will need all the upgrades you can get to survive the missions. If you lose crew members, then you can recruit new ones at your base. Ideally, you want to keep your crew as long as you can and upgrade them. It’s very hard to do with the difficulty, but it would benefit you.
So the main question is, how does it play on the Nintendo Switch? For the most part, I was very pleased with how it played. On the Switch, you will need to use a variety of buttons to zoom in, pan with the camera, and pick a crew member to control. I will say that it takes a little bit to get used to the controls. On PC, you will use the mouse a lot. Here, you will need to hit B, then scroll to pick your crew member, then use the analog stick to move him or her. When you are getting attacked on all sides, it can be extremely stressful trying to pick the right crew with the JoyCon.
That being said, you get used to the controls over time. Controls and stick sensitivity can be adjusted in the menus. The controls are by no means a deal breaker for me. Despite the adjustment from mouse and keyboard to console, Bomber Crew is the type of game that should thrive on the Switch. On a few occasions, I had to step away from the game to rethink my strategy. I ended up trying the level again at a later time when I was out and about or in another room.
Not only that, but the game looks great on the Switch. As I mentioned above, Bomber Crew has a fun, cartoony art design. The characters, base, bomber, and enemies look colorful and fun in an otherwise crazy mission. The Switch handles the chaotic missions very well, in that I didn’t see any glitches or bugs. The soundtrack is a very nice touch. The base, enemy fighters, and other things in the game have their own unique soundtrack. And the sound effects are noticeable in all the right ways. Sometimes with all the crazy stuff going on, I needed to hear specific sounds in order to make sure my bomber was running properly.
Bomber Crew is a chaotic strategy game that puts your mental skills to the test. You will be tested often, and beating the mission is extremely satisfying. It runs great on the Nintendo Switch, although the controls are a bit harder than the mouse and keyboard. Don’t sleep on Bomber Crew if you have a Switch. It is well worth the price.
Note: GameOctane editor Ryan Welch received a digital code from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing this game. Any code or product intended for reviews is distributed to the team to review and stream for our audience.
Check us out at Opencritic!
Chaotic, but fun missions
Soundtrack and graphics
Controls take a bit to get used to