Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

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Choyrt Nov 22, 2013 @ 7:12pm
My review of this game on the Winterwind Papers
Yeah, so uh... I bought this game the instant I saw it.... and I wish someone would have warned me. Some may like it, but some may NOT. Read my review on Winterwind for a better idea of what this game offers.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol Tablet PC Port [www.winterwind-productions.com]
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VogeleR Nov 28, 2013 @ 5:59am 
Direct link is not working. Readers must copy this http://www.winterwind-productions.com/columns/ace_patrol/ in explorer and this is not convinient.
Why do not you quote the great lines of your immortal work right here ... we are happy to discuss them. Especially about gamers not about game.
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Choyrt Nov 30, 2013 @ 4:38pm 
Right you are. Sorry! I don't get how it broke... and thank you for linking it.

I honestly felt duped about the game, personally. It had the Sid Meier's name and I jumped without even looking and BAM.... well, case in point:

Gamer on a Budget # 5

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol (PC port recently released)

Price: $9.99
Where: Steam
Platform: PC

NOTE: This review is for the recently published PC port and not the iOS original.
The Great War saw aerial dog fighting like we will never see again. Planes that were little more than motorized gliders drifted, spun, and craned through the air like angry leaves as they pulled off maneuvers that their metal descendants couldn’t possibly. After a day’s worth of battle, these ace pilots would land, sip tea, and write letters to their surviving rivals to earnestly congratulate them. It was a different era and a stark dichotomy to the misery of trench warfare.

Zero of that atmosphere translates into this game. Each ace pilot you have has a portrait with simply the dumbest expression, not unlike Marv Albert in a bondage store. The musical score is a missed opportunity because instead of utilizing tunes from the era that are marvelous and public domain they have very brief original music that is bland and of poor quality. And that is just the music… the game’s sound is badly coded and sometimes flat out lazy. When balloon’s are shot down they make the same noise as a plane crashing, and sometimes the voice-over from base camp is so slowed down that it sounds like you are getting your orders directly from Satan.

And Satan’s involvement in this game’s development might be expected when we consider the textures and complete lack of PC online multiplayer despite it clearly advertising ‘multiplayer.’ This game is missing functions it promised and it is pig ugly even by pc gaming standards that are 15 years old. That is not an exaggeration.

So, what does Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol have? There is minimal depth here, but lurking in the shadows is some excellent tactical movement. It is a turn based game on a hexagonal board, and each plane’s movements can be at three different altitudes. Certain maneuvers can only be done from certain altitudes, so thinking three moves ahead is a pleasing challenge, and watching your AI controlled enemy do the same is an engrossing guessing game.

But then the game suddenly ends, and your score is all you get without tangible feedback of victory or failure. Your choices on the battlefield mean nothing and in the end, learning to ‘game’ Ace Patrol’s score mechanic is what gives you supposed leader board bragging rights.

Overall, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol is the lazy, half-baked fast food of turn based strategy and anyone who knows his name expects more from this game than what it cares to deliver.

Why you would buy it:

You are a complete nut for WWI turn based dog fights
You despise pleasing graphics
Quality art design angers you
Low self esteem
Satan is your co-pilot

Why you would pass on it:

You remember how good Hex-based gaming can be ala Panzer General
You value money
You’re still holding out for Sid Meier’s Mars
You recently bought the Civ expansion Brave New World

Recommended for: very young children who like boredom


Jarno Barno Dec 3, 2013 @ 5:16pm 
Originally posted by Choyrt:
Overall, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol is the lazy, half-baked fast food of turn based strategy and anyone who knows his name expects more from this game than what it cares to deliver.

My Review -

"Overall, Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is a quick pick up and play, budget turn based strategy game that through its simple presentation is both charming and sufficiently deep enough to provide a challenge when a quick skirmish is all you need."

To compare a mobile phone game with an A or AAA title is frankly ridiculous. You reference $30 expansions to $50 dollar games in the same spectrum which completely undermines your credibility.
Choyrt Dec 3, 2013 @ 5:43pm 
Bugs
Horrid textures
Inconsistant graphics
Terrible art design
Garbage AI
Shallow agency over advancement of pilots and missions

For ten dollars? With Sid Meier's name? You actually think this is acceptable? Have you not seen what ten dollars can do? FTL? Fez? There are so so many high quality games out there. This is a blatant port of a poor tablet game.
Jarno Barno Dec 3, 2013 @ 6:17pm 
Originally posted by Choyrt:
For ten dollars? With Sid Meier's name? You actually think this is acceptable? Have you not seen what ten dollars can do? FTL? Fez? There are so so many high quality games out there. This is a blatant port of a poor tablet game.

Yes there are better games for $10 but there are also alot worse.

There are also worse games for considerably more - X:Rebirth springs to mind at the moment ($70?).

The problem is what you expected this game to be, as shown by your references to CIV, Panzer General and the Sid Meier name. Did you play Railroads? What a train wreck that was and it was 5 times more expensive on release. Just because it has Sid Meier at the top doesn't make it the next Alpha Centauri and this game was never meant to be that. Hell, his previous game was free on social media!

The games you now reference at a similar price are not even the same genre. Arma Tactics would have been more appropriate - go and play that and make a comparison (not a good idea).

The result is a review that merely acts as a vehicle for your rhetoric rather than a balanced and well referenced opinion.
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Choyrt Dec 3, 2013 @ 6:28pm 
Originally posted by Darth Fish:
Originally posted by Choyrt:
For ten dollars? With Sid Meier's name? You actually think this is acceptable? Have you not seen what ten dollars can do? FTL? Fez? There are so so many high quality games out there. This is a blatant port of a poor tablet game.

Yes there are better games for $10 but there are also alot worse.


Everything you spout after this statement is just you dancing. I stand by my review, and everything I observed can be observed and measured by many many others.
Jarno Barno Dec 3, 2013 @ 7:14pm 
Originally posted by Choyrt:
Some may like it, but some may NOT.
Originally posted by Choyrt:
Everything you spout after this statement is just you dancing.

ditto.
Last edited by Jarno Barno; Dec 3, 2013 @ 7:16pm
Dave The Red Dec 7, 2013 @ 9:47pm 
The only reason I somewhat agree with this review is that it was advertised for PC (and I bought it because I am a fan of Sid Meier's other games) and I still cannot get the thing to work.

This is a disappointment to say the least. It should be advertised for what it is, a game for iOS. I contacted the support line and they could not offer a solution that worked. There are some who, after going through the hoops of a workaround, got the game to work properly.

But any reasonable person, who has a machine that has no problem running any of the other games purchased here, should expect this to work without all the fuss. A refund should be offered to those that cannot even run the game, and there are a lot of us. If there is another game version offered that does work on PC, then that should be given to replace the copy that does not work.
Jarno Barno Dec 8, 2013 @ 4:09am 
That sucks. Have you generated a Steam ticket with steam support? This is your best route to finding a solution or recompense.

However, I do not see how you can agree with a review of a game you have not actually played.
Dave The Red Dec 8, 2013 @ 6:46am 
Somewhat, ie, on the refund bit
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