Legendary shoot-'em-up makes its way on the PCs! Abundant explosions, truly epic boss fights and beautifully crafted 3D environments are here to keep you entertained. Sky Force Anniversary offers single player experience and local cooperative mode for 2 players.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (173 reviews) - 96% of the 173 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (397 reviews) - 92% of the 397 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 30, 2015

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March 9

Sky Force Reloaded on Greenlight!

Sky Force Anniversary is being "Reloaded"!

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About This Game

The legendary shoot-’em-up is here to celebrate its 10-year anniversary in super-destructive style. Harnessing the intensity of classic arcade games combined with modern visuals, Sky Force Anniversary offers a true to its core, stunning scrolling shooter experience with an incredible new social gameplay element.

Over a decade ago, IGN said, “Put simply, Sky Force is amazing.” Scoring an incredible 9.5 out of 10, Sky Force took the early mobile gaming scene by force.
And now it’s back. Bigger, bolder, more intense than ever and it's on your PC!
This 10th anniversary edition adds incredible depth to the series through stunning 3D graphics, intuitive controls and a powerful upgrade system that’ll keep you blasting for hours on end.

Weekly tournaments take place on unique new levels as you battle it out against legions of other Sky Force Anniversary players, offering great rewards not only for winning, but for rescuing other pilots who’ve already been taken down!

The hottest shooter is no push over, but the invigorating gameplay and vast library of
achievements will keep both casual players and hardcore gamers hooked as you upgrade your ship and take it a little deeper into the incredible battlefield time after time.

  • Beautifully crafted levels with immersive missions to complete.
  • Multiple extreme boss battles.
  • Upgrade your shields, guns, missiles, lasers, mega-bombs and magnets.
  • Risk everything to rescue civilians.
  • Brand new weekly tournaments against other players.
  • Boost your final score with a host of in-game achievements.
  • Rescue fallen friends to win extra stars.
  • Accessible to beginners, as well as hardcore shooter addicts.
  • Full voiceover and incredible electronic soundtrack.
  • Adrenaline-packed local cooperative mode for 2 players.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows ® 8/7/Vista/XP
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo - 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0 compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 450 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: At least one game controller to play local co-op mode.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.7+
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo - 2.4 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: At least one game controller to play local co-op mode.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04+ 32/64 - bit / SteamOS+
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo - 2.4 GHz or AMD equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.1+ compatible graphics card
    • Storage: 400 MB available space
    • Additional Notes: At least one game controller to play local co-op mode.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (173 reviews)
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Gvafkmylyf
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I love this game.

It will eat your life.

Then spit it out.

Then eat it again.
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AMDOMINATOR
( 14.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is quite addictive to play.
Great greaphics and music too!!!
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HugoV
( 2.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20
Great arcade game but my hours and my progression were resetted after i changed my PC.
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Aussiedroid
( 28.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
Sky Force Anniversary (SFA) is a prime example of how to do a proper shoot ‘em up! It’s not a super frantic, reflex driven, seizure inducing affair you find in some bullet hell shooters, rather it’s more subtle, focusing on precision & perfection.

This precision & perfection reminded me more of the older school shooters like 1942, where placement, timing & learning the waves were key. In SFA, it is implemented by several gameplay mechanics including medals for completing the level untouched & collecting 100% of the stars, or 100% civilian rescues. These offer a greater challenge than simply completing the level alive, & only when all challenges are complete will you be able to unlock the next difficulty tier (Normal, Hard, Insane). Each of the nine levels progressively unlocks as you earn more medals, with your high score being persistent between play throughs as a total of all your highest individual level scores.

SFA progression system really hit the sweet spot for me, offering good replayablity, while gradually unlocking more content & without any grind or difficulty spike to discourage you. You can purchase & unlock more power-ups & with those in hand you can go back to replay earlier levels on harder difficulties or to complete medals you may have missed. The frustration factor is also removed as you get to keep any stars you have earned up to your death, so even attempting a harder level & loosing can help you advance. Dying can also be rewarding .. umm .. well for your friends anyway, who can rescue you on the same level (Always keep an eye out!).

I also enjoyed the rescue mechanic, which forces you to remain stationary on screen for a cooldown timer before you pick-up the civilian. It creates some interesting situations where you are challenged by the need to keep killing or disengaging & rescuing first. There is also rarer VIPs to look out for to rescue & the rare card drops to collect which offering permanent boosted effects.

Boss fights were fun & fairly challenging in the earlier stages, but eventually they become a non-issue once you are equipped by a few power-ups for the battle. I never played the 2004 original to compare versions, but this release looks modern & runs well. 3D Graphics are sharp, they have depth & beautiful effects not to mention a decent soundtrack. The level of control you have with directing your ship using the analog stick is excellent, allowing you to pull off very delicate moves, or move at speed with ease. Hitbox around ship is also very precise allowing for some tight escapes at times.

Two player local coop is offered, but regrettably I cannot you offer my views on this as SFA seems to have issues identifying/mapping two wireless Xbox Controllers (users in forums also mention Logitech doesn’t work). This makes attempting to play with a friend on the couch a bit difficult (certainly no one wants to play with a keyboard on their lap), which is a shame since this is perfect for such an occasion! Another issue I experienced was the lack of controller support when using Steam In-Home Streaming. The game would run but was unable to find the Xbox Controller. Had to install locally to get it to work. There is also no button remapping in-game. When you press 'Play' in Steam, you need to hold down ALT to bring up menu to edit. Should really be in-game in my opinion.

Hope to see these issues addressed in the future. It would also be fantastic to see online two player coop offered for the times you don’t have a friend over or where you’re other friends who play the game are in another country.

For some ongoing competition, there is a weekly tournament you can enter which consists of level of increasingly difficult, randomly generated enemies to kill. You can compete against your friends and the world through separate leader boards. Once the tournament is over the scores are wiped. It’s a good distraction when you are stuck & wanting to try something different, but could benefit from an expanded roster. By this I mean different challenges other than just score based such as longest distance runs, no weapon or power-up runs, power-up only runs! Also, multiple challenges per week, records of wins/medals, highest world rank, how many entered, ability to unlock runs/sequences to play outside tournament etc. Something more enticing to keep players coming back regularly.

SFA is a top quality shoot ‘em up that ticks all the boxes for me. It’s a fine example of great replayablity & finely tuned difficulty scaling that encourages instead of discourages. There are longer term collectables & challenges, plus good competition with friends with online leader boards, friend rescues & weekly tournaments. Highly recommended!


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Chane
( 39.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
Sky Force Anniversary is an old school top down shooter that's polished, pretty and a lot of fun. The game only has nine levels but each level can be played in three difficulties - normal, hard and insane. In order to play the different difficulties you need to collect medals. You will get medals for remaining unharmed, for collecting all stars, for killing all enemies or for rescuing all humans.

Pros:
- very addictive
- lot's of fun
- nice graphics
- good game concept
- 22 cards to upgrade your ship

Cons:
- none

This is a great game. I am usually not too fond of top down shooters but this one is special. Don't miss it.
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Ex_Parrot
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
A simple but addictive old-school shooter, relaxing at lower difficulties and bullet-hell at higher ones. The upgrade system means even a bad run helps your overall progression. Worthwhile!
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( 22.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
For those who enjoyed the mobile version SkyForce, this one is a two thumbs up. Awesome graphics, good quality sound and stunningly beautiful.. Love it.
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Ade
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 16
Very addictive old style shooter, if you liked 1942 you'll probably like this too.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
NABEF9
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 14
Great value, solid gameplay, fun upgrades, gorgeous graphics, worthwhile achievements.
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Erron Black
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 13
Best "shoot'em up + bullet hell" game ever.

EVER.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Sky Force Anniversary (SFA) is a prime example of how to do a proper shoot ‘em up! It’s not a super frantic, reflex driven, seizure inducing affair you find in some bullet hell shooters, rather it’s more subtle, focusing on precision & perfection.

This precision & perfection reminded me more of the older school shooters like 1942, where placement, timing & learning the waves were key. In SFA, it is implemented by several gameplay mechanics including medals for completing the level untouched & collecting 100% of the stars, or 100% civilian rescues. These offer a greater challenge than simply completing the level alive, & only when all challenges are complete will you be able to unlock the next difficulty tier (Normal, Hard, Insane). Each of the nine levels progressively unlocks as you earn more medals, with your high score being persistent between play throughs as a total of all your highest individual level scores.

SFA progression system really hit the sweet spot for me, offering good replayablity, while gradually unlocking more content & without any grind or difficulty spike to discourage you. You can purchase & unlock more power-ups & with those in hand you can go back to replay earlier levels on harder difficulties or to complete medals you may have missed. The frustration factor is also removed as you get to keep any stars you have earned up to your death, so even attempting a harder level & loosing can help you advance. Dying can also be rewarding .. umm .. well for your friends anyway, who can rescue you on the same level (Always keep an eye out!).

I also enjoyed the rescue mechanic, which forces you to remain stationary on screen for a cooldown timer before you pick-up the civilian. It creates some interesting situations where you are challenged by the need to keep killing or disengaging & rescuing first. There is also rarer VIPs to look out for to rescue & the rare card drops to collect which offering permanent boosted effects.

Boss fights were fun & fairly challenging in the earlier stages, but eventually they become a non-issue once you are equipped by a few power-ups for the battle. I never played the 2004 original to compare versions, but this release looks modern & runs well. 3D Graphics are sharp, they have depth & beautiful effects not to mention a decent soundtrack. The level of control you have with directing your ship using the analog stick is excellent, allowing you to pull off very delicate moves, or move at speed with ease. Hitbox around ship is also very precise allowing for some tight escapes at times.

Two player local coop is offered, but regrettably I cannot you offer my views on this as SFA seems to have issues identifying/mapping two wireless Xbox Controllers (users in forums also mention Logitech doesn’t work). This makes attempting to play with a friend on the couch a bit difficult (certainly no one wants to play with a keyboard on their lap), which is a shame since this is perfect for such an occasion! Another issue I experienced was the lack of controller support when using Steam In-Home Streaming. The game would run but was unable to find the Xbox Controller. Had to install locally to get it to work. There is also no button remapping in-game. When you press 'Play' in Steam, you need to hold down ALT to bring up menu to edit. Should really be in-game in my opinion.

Hope to see these issues addressed in the future. It would also be fantastic to see online two player coop offered for the times you don’t have a friend over or where you’re other friends who play the game are in another country.

For some ongoing competition, there is a weekly tournament you can enter which consists of level of increasingly difficult, randomly generated enemies to kill. You can compete against your friends and the world through separate leader boards. Once the tournament is over the scores are wiped. It’s a good distraction when you are stuck & wanting to try something different, but could benefit from an expanded roster. By this I mean different challenges other than just score based such as longest distance runs, no weapon or power-up runs, power-up only runs! Also, multiple challenges per week, records of wins/medals, highest world rank, how many entered, ability to unlock runs/sequences to play outside tournament etc. Something more enticing to keep players coming back regularly.

SFA is a top quality shoot ‘em up that ticks all the boxes for me. It’s a fine example of great replayablity & finely tuned difficulty scaling that encourages instead of discourages. There are longer term collectables & challenges, plus good competition with friends with online leader boards, friend rescues & weekly tournaments. Highly recommended!


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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
If you're a fan of the 19XX series you'll feel right at home here.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 2
Product received for free
The only words i can use to describe this game is: "Enhanced Childhood"
Still the old Sky Force i used to enjoy on the classic Nokia, but now?

Better graphics. The game's graphics is stunning with in-depth water and clouds, which made the experience even better for me to play.
The soundtrack is incredible, still give me the vibe of the old version plus two new soundtracks (dubstep ftw).
Gotta say, Sky Force Anniversary is a very addictive game, i couldn't stop myself from playing over and over again (at least until i get full 12 medals for a level). Instead of direct plane upgrades from the old Sky Force, the new one let you collect stars and use them for upgrading plane, which annoyed me a bit at first, 'cause i couldn't play properly from stage 5 without good upgrades, but in the end, i got plenty of stars after just a few hours, and i could move forward to level 8 easily. So that won't be a huge problem.
"Enhanced Childhood" - When i played the old game, my friends only could watch me playing or vice versa. But now with a controller, two teenagers can experience the fun together. That's a huge plus for this game.

The only thing i don't really like about this game is: the movement of the plane is pretty slow comparing to the mobile version, if developers could make an option for mouse sensitivity, then this game will be perfect.

But still, in the end, Sky Force Anniversary is still one of the best shoot 'em up games. It's definitetly worth the money, even if you're not a fan of the series.

9/10 would play over and over again.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
+ good graphics and sound
+ not frustrating to play
+ replay ability by unlocking higher difficulty settings
The more you play, the more stars you collect to upgrade your plane – this element of the game is important otherwise you will have problems in the later levels.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
This game come to PC with improved graphics & new gameplay mechanics, same as the old Sky Force this game very addicting.

Now I miss my old symbian Nokia :(
Can't wait to see Infinite Dreams to remake Explode Arena too
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 18
Sky Force Anniversary is an old school top down shooter that's polished, pretty and a lot of fun. The game only has nine levels but each level can be played in three difficulties - normal, hard and insane. In order to play the different difficulties you need to collect medals. You will get medals for remaining unharmed, for collecting all stars, for killing all enemies or for rescuing all humans.

Pros:
- very addictive
- lot's of fun
- nice graphics
- good game concept
- 22 cards to upgrade your ship

Cons:
- none

This is a great game. I am usually not too fond of top down shooters but this one is special. Don't miss it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Things that I love:
Juicy saturated graphics
Groovy techno music
top-down shooter games
a pricetag under $2.00 on sale
Sharks with frickin lazer beams

Things this game has:
Juicy saturated graphics
Groovy techno music
top-down shooter games
a pricetag under $2.00 on sale
Planes with frickin lazer beams

yeah, it seems that they confused sharks with planes but still I LOVE THIS GAME! get it on sale, waste a few hours on it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Very reminiscent of the video arcarde games 1944 and Sky Shark. Clean, sharp graphics, power-ups, and explosions. Fun and addicting.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
Game Over?
SFA is a fascinating arcade game.
And while playing it, I was recalled of my childhood, where I played a similar game calld Thunder like SFA.
Thunder refreshed me then as SFA does now with enhanced graphic quality.
Let us all try to be a child again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 3
Very good game, excellently presented. I got this on sale but would have paid full price if Id known how much fun I was going to have with it. Anyone who grew up late 80s-90s will recognize the games inspirations instantly. Graphics are great, control is silky smooth ( I use an xbox 1 controller ) explosions are satisfying, sound is suitably soundy. If you have any interest after reading the description and viewing the pics Id recommend going for it.
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