Love this game
I don't usually post on Steam, but I liked this game so much that I had to chime in with a big thumbs up. Graphically it isn't going to win any awards, but the presentation is still very pleasing to the eye, and I love watching the real-time playbacks after each mission.
The game is a lot more releasitic than I had expected. For example, rookie pilots won't be able to do much more than turn or gain/lose altitude, but as your pilots level up they will be able to do sophisticated things like barrel rolls and Immelmans. The missions seem quite varied and get more complex as you progress through your campaign, and you even have the chance to influence the ground war.
Of course the RPG elements are cool and make you take an active interest in the careers of your pilots, though it makes me wonder how I'm going to feel if I loose one of my 'pet' pilots. Restart from a save? ;o) Also, it seems like one of those games that's easy to learn and hard to master, always a good thing. Finally, the game has kind of a light-hearted approach that I find refreshing, and dare I say, charming.
I'm early in my campaign and still using the starter fighters, but am really looking forward to seeing how the game progresses with more and better planes and complex missions. Anyway, Ace Patrol may not satisfy hardcore gamers, but for the mostly casual players like me it's perfect and I'm really enjoying it. For ten bucks this little gem is a bargain.