Done and dusted with the various modes of PUBG? Achieved the highest ranks and don’t know what would give you a kick next? Try your hands on the new official app launched by the Indian Air Force. IAF launched its own combat game ‘Indian Air Force: A Cut Above’ for Android and iOS users last week. It has been installed over 500,000 times from the Google Play Store within a week of its launch. The full version of the game, with additional features such as an online multiplayer mode, is expected to launch in October this year. Even with its limitations, the first version has garnered average ratings of 4.6 and 4.2 by Android and iOS users respectively.
What do Indian gamers have to say about this unique proposition of the Indian Air Force? “If it becomes successful in engaging the youth, it will be a great platform to aware them about the armed forces (sic),” said Abhinav, a Computer Engineering student. He also suggested, “The characters in the game should be kept more customizable as it adds a personal touch to the interface.”
The first version of the game is only enabled for a single player with 10 missions to accomplish. Each of these missions has three sub-missions — aerial combats, airstrikes, and similar operations. The gaming app aims to give its audience a realistic feel of an IAF pilot through its military themes. Interestingly, the key character in the game bears resemblance to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who gained immense media coverage earlier this year when he had crossed the line of control and was held captive for a span of almost 60 hours.
While this has added charm to the mobile game, college student Ankita has some reservations. She says that although she feels elated playing Wing Commander Abhinandan in the game, IAF – A Cut Above would need further improvements to attract and engage more youngsters.
It is also a great way for the Indian armed forces to encourage the savvy millennial to choose the Indian Air Force as a career. Another student who had been an NCC Cadet said that it is a great idea to motivate youth towards armed forces. However, she doubts if it will be successful in breaking into the niche audience of popular video games like PUBG. She also added that this game – in a way – will further promote mobile games rather than encouraging students to take up outdoor sports.
During their interaction with TechThirsty, most of the students revealed that they weren’t aware of the game but showed eagerness to try their hands on this new game. If you haven’t tried the game yet, you can download it from Google Play Store and Apple App Store and do let us know what you think in the comments below.