Luftrausers – How to properly trick out your plane (Sponsored)
Jun 11, 2015 8:00 AM –
Get the most out of your aircraft
By Henry Gilbert
Luftrausers is an engrossing, arcade-y shoot ’em up that makes you keep saying “Just one more round,” as your NVIDIA SHIELD stays on for hour after hour. The randomly spawning enemies and physics-based gunplay makes each air battles feel special, and its customizable weapons, bodies, and engines allow for up to 125 different combinations of ship parts. But how do you know which are right for you?
Putting it all together makes each craft feel personalized, and you’d need a whole freaking guide to understand it without hours of trial and error. So, in the interest of making every moment playing this on the SHIELD worth it, here’s a quick rundown on the best items in each category.
Weapons – Offense is your best defense in Luftrausers. The starter Machine Gun does steady, moderate damage, but there are much more exciting options beyond it. The Laser fires one continuous beam that cuts through the stage, so it’s great for hitting enemies you don’t see – only problem is it really slows down your turning. The Homing Missiles are better for the more inaccurate shooters, with the trade off that you have to be a little close to the target to properly lock-on. It works great on ships, less so on a speedy plane.
Bodies – Ultimately, your ship’s chassis really comes down to durability versus speed. The standard body balances both well, while the Armor model has almost double the hit points while moving 20% slower. Other bodies have special benefits, like Melee, which comes with lowered health, but takes no impact damage from hitting an enemy face first. Meanwhile, the Nuke’s special ability only comes into play when you die – it explodes in glorious fashion, taking out everything nearby. Then there’s Bomb, a body that drops explosives at the cost of slowed health regeneration.
Engines – Beyond keeping your ship in the air, Luftrausers engines influence more than they seem. Acceleration, max speed, turning, visibility, and gravity are all influenced by different engines, even the modest original one. The Superboost gives you the expected added speed, only at the cost of tougher turning. The Gungine is a good deal slower than average, to be expected when the luftrauser’s rocket is continually pumping out bullets. The more aquatic minded will want the Underwater, because you take no damage from submerging your plane in the sea (through clouds hurt much more). Then there’s the Hover engine. It may be slow, but gravity has almost no effect on it, meaning no more worrying about dropping like a stone once you take the foot off the gas.
Making all those work together is where the real strategy comes in. Testing for yourself is the only real way to know how it fits, but here are some Luftrausers equipment combos worth trying:
Combining Laser, Melee, and Underwater will make taking out boats a breeze, as neither water nor impact will leave a mark. Just watch out for bullets; they’ll tear through your weaker craft.
Homing, Bomb, and Hover combine to be a close range dynamo, blasting out bullets and explosives to just about everything visible on screen. Though be prepared to take your time when recharging your health.
Lastly, Spread, Armor, and Gunfire are great for Luftrausers players who prefer spray-and-pray attacks. Spread and Gunfire attacks cover you front and back, while Armor’s reserve of hit points buys you more time while taking those shots.
Hopefully this has given you some ideas on where to start with customization in Luftrausers, but it’s really about making the rules for yourself. Get your snazzy SHIELD controller in hand and head to the virtual workshop to hone your (air)craft in Luftrausers, now available to download on Google Play for $4.99.
NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV is now available to own starting at $199.
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