Sid Meier's Ace Patrol review: Great for strategy fans, but not for everyone

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.5
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 9.0
  • Interface: 8.0
  • Performance: 9.0
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The Good Sid Meier's Ace Patrol for iOS is fun once you get used to the slow-paced gameplay. Efficiently executing an attack mission turn by turn is immensely satisfying.

The Bad Some menus in the game have no back buttons, which forces you to accept a mission when you might not be ready for it.

The Bottom Line Ace Patrol is a fun air combat game that will be loved by fans of turn-based strategy gaming, but will not appeal to everyone.

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Editors' note: This review has been updated with new features added in version 1.4, released July 25, 2013.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is a turn-based airplane dogfighting game that offers an interesting combat system for serious strategy-gaming fans. The latest update adds 60 new missions to sweeten the pot.

As it's a turn-based strategy game, you'll plan and execute each plane's maneuvers and attacks one at a time, then watch the computer-controlled enemies execute their moves. Though it is fairly slow-paced relative to typical air combat games, executing a balanced combat plan is definitely satisfying.

Set in World War I, Ace Patrol lets you fly in air combat missions using tactical maneuvers you earn as you level up your pilots. Your starting set of moves consists of basic maneuvers, such as bank right, bank left, dive right, dive left, and climb. But as you progress you'll learn more-advanced looping, rolling, and sliding maneuvers that help you change direction quickly. These moves show up on the game board as arrows, and you can preview your move before deciding which maneuver you want to use.

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Sid Meier's Ace Patrol (iOS)

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About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.