JF-17 Strike Fighter is a free arcade fighter jet game by developer Jawad Karim Khan. In this game, you control a JF-17 Strike Fighter and scour the skies, delivering justice to your enemies. Don't expect the kind of 3D simulation you'll find in Sky Fighters 3D, Modern Jet War Planes : Air Fighter Warfare Strike or Air Force Jet Fighter Combat because this app emulates classic arcade games of yesteryear.
The game’s a side scroller where you engage with your enemies in 2D instead of 3D. While the premise might feel dated, it has a lot of fun to offer.
Back to the ’80s
You have a simple objective in JF-17 Strike Fighter: kill as many enemies as possible, both airborne and land-based. This includes other fighter planes, SAM (Surface-to-Air Missile) sites and even frigates. If you don't like performing complicated manoeuvres on your phone, this game’s tailor-made for you.
You only use three controls in this game: up, down and fire. Your plane is always flying, and the screen progresses by itself. It's exactly like retro arcade games or some modern "infinite runners" on smartphones. Consequently, it's extremely easy to play.
The fact that the game has no complicated controls doesn't mean it's graphics should be bare. The developer seems to understand this, and JF-17 Strike Fighter looks pretty enough for a 2D game.
The plane models, ships, and other vehicles are very detailed for their tiny size. The sky looks very nice too, as do the different environments such as prairies and the sea. Explosions, smoke and missiles all do their job well.
Great for commuting
JF-17 Strike Fighter doesn't try to break the mould. It aims to offer fun with an uncomplicated game that suits your pocket-size device perfectly. Don't expect a fantastic campaign with realistic war scenarios or to be performing spectacular stunts. This is a pleasant arcade experience for spending time while going to work or school, and it doesn't pretend to be any more than that.
If you expect in-depth simulation experiences, this isn’t for you. JF-17 Strike Fighter doesn't offer real physics and actually behaves very differently from how real planes in combat would behave. Still, it's a game at its core: something you pick up to kill time.