As these games can only be brought bundled together and are both very similar, I am covering them both in a single review.
Incoming and Incoming Forces are a pair of games by Rage Software that ask a very simple question: Do you like explosions? These games are both vehicle-based action games that see you traveling from battlefield to battlefield, blowing up hostiles in search of the highest score possible. There is a story, told in text scrolls in the first game and some cutscenes and audio snippets in the second, about how you're fighting off an alien (or human, in Forces) invasion, but it's nothing of any real interest and mostly just exists as an excuse for the action.
|There's plenty of enemies to gun down in each mission|
The first game, on top of the standard action campaign also has a tactical one. The tactical campaign is like the action campaign, but with a few real time strategy segments added to each mission. The RTS segments are unfortunately horrible. Your units can get stuck on the terrain and show little to no interest in attacking enemies units unless specifically commanded to do so. There's also no advanced orders or any sort of base building or economy management, you fight using the two or three units you have been given for that part of the mission. Compared to a typical real time strategy game, even from around the time this game initially came out, it's very primitive.
The RTS segments are also jarring, suddenly appearing in the middle of a mission for no readily explained reason, then disappearing just as quickly when it's over. If you ever play Incoming, I'd suggest ignoring the tactical campaign and sticking with the action campaign.
|Watching enemy aircraft go down in a fiery blaze is always fun.|
Both games do action very well. Enemies come thick and fast, and the action is constant with little time to catch your breath. Aircraft crash to the ground trailing smoke and flame and tanks go out in a nice, big ball of flame. Weapons are fairly standard: various lasers and homing missiles, but they do the job nicely, and the game is more about skill and fast reflexes than about finding cool weapons.
|You'll be fighting over several different environments|
Unfortunately this also means what you see is what you get, you're not going to unlock new ships or weapons to play with, you're not going to encounter any major new gameplay mechanics, what you do in the later missions is pretty much what you did in the earlier missions, it's just harder to complete them.
|What story exists in the game is told through briefings like this.|
Incoming and Incoming forces were developed by Rage Software and published by KISS ltd. It is available on Steam and GoG, though note that as of this writing, it's slightly cheaper on GoG.