Defencejobs.gov.au released two free games on the app store last month - one, a naval combat tactics game, and the other, an action flight combat sim. We missed this in our weekly game release round-up, but then again, we don't usually get release schedules from people with guns.
Of course, it's possible that our armed forces just wanted to release a couple games out of the goodness of their hearts. But the games are trademarked under Defence Force Recruiting, and recruitment agency Manpower Services is involved. So it's a pretty safe bet these free apps are designed to get you excited about shooting stuff - be it underwater stuff or airbourne stuff.
The first, Strike Fighter, seems to be an arcadey flight combat sim a la Afterburner:
The second is Navy Warfare Officer. Released at the end of September, it looks like a more strategic affair, choosing three ships to take on your opponent's base:
We're used to the concept of video games being used for recruiting purposes, and of course, training. In fact, our very own Bohemia Interactive having made virtual training tech for overseas military outfits as well as our own. But this is the first time we've seen Defencejobs on the app store.
Anyone care to give these a go and see if they're any good? America's Army is a proven success in terms of recruitment numbers in the US, but do you think a killer video game could be the difference between someone joining the armed forces or not? Especially with the possibility of being sent overseas?