Welcome to the club, SteamBirds, you’re amongst an elite group of most-excellent apps that’ve been spoken of for eons, years, and even weeks! The Android Community App of the Week is no small honor, wear your badge brightly! And let it not get tarnished, of course. Now for you, the reader, let’s speak about this application. This is a game set in the extended past of aviation war. Fighter pilots have been blasting each other out of the sky for decades now, and SteamBirds hopes to capture the magic for you in a turn-based strategy game that teaches you lessons as you play it.

What sort of game is this, you might be saying, a school game? Some sort of learning game where I’ve got to learn things? I don’t want to learn, you say, that’s the reason I’m playing video games! But I say to you: just do it, you’ll be glad you did. For this is war knowledge, and even though the classic tune Down by the Riverside tells us that we shouldn’t be studying war no more – see song below – we must also remember the wise words of John Adams:

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. – John Adams, US diplomat & politician (1735 – 1826)

Get some knowledge from Mr Armstrong:

War! We’ve got to learn it. And you’re going to be a fighter pilot some time in the future, so you’ve got to figure out what you’re going to do when you’re rocking some war reenactments with old timey airplanes. That’s what SteamBirds is all about.

You get a turn, your opponent gets a turn, and so on and so forth until all of one team’s airplanes are shot down. You get several moves you’re allowed to make each turn, your planes equipped with the same features throughout the round. All moves are done on a single flat surface as opposed to a 3D space that reality would take place in. You’re on a grid, but you’re not regulated to squares to sit in, and your fight can take place inside 10 feet or 10 miles, whatever you choose.

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This game is extremely well put together, able to work on every single one of your modern Android devices, us here using the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for example so we can have plenty of space to see the playing field, while we’ve tested the game on smaller screens and it works like a gem there as well. Versatility, simplicity, and requiring next to no power to work, these are the makings of a masterpiece.

You’ll be able to pick this game up in the Android Market now for a low low price of $1.99. You can also grab a demo of the game if you’d like to try it out before you purchase. Well done, developers! Remember the name Spry Fox for your future awesome Android arcade action, friends.

SteamBirds on the Android Market
SteamBirds DEMO on the Android Market

Grab it now!