Air Raid Material: Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol

Traitorously abandoning the all-father of gaming platforms to go mince about on mobile, Sid Meier released Ace Patrol earlier this year for iOS. Thankfully, sense (possibly money) prevailed and he’s seen fit to bring his World War 1 air-battler back home. If hex-based historical revision’s your bag, the strategy master might have what you need.┬áRather than the free to play, micro-transaction supported original release, it’s just over a fiver and seems to contain all content from the off. Launch trailer if you can dive low enough.

And don’t ever leave us again, Sid.


  1. Grygus says:

    Americans: GameStop has this game for half off already, in case $10 was too much for you. I have no idea whether people from nations with inferior pizza delivery can save money there as well.

    It is recognizably a Sid Meier game, with very simple rules disguising deeper gameplay and a veneer of RPG on top.

  2. Gap Gen says:

    He should have called it Sid Meier’s Ace Control just to confuse Alpha Centauri fans.

    • tigerfort says:

      You just like talking SMAC, don’t you?

      • Fumarole says:

        That kind of negative attitude doesn’t fly around here.

        • Gap Gen says:

          It’s OK, the comment was made in the spur of the moment, they didn’t planet to blaspheme against the Holy Game.

    • Iscannon says:

      That’s monstrous. It wouldn’t confuse me, it would make me cry.

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    Aerothorn says:

    So is this basically Wings of War: The Video Game?

  4. BigKid66 says:

    Anyone know if it supports touch on the PC? Might be fun to try on Surface Pro.

  5. Dog Pants says:

    I can try the free version on my iThing then buy it if I like it on PC? Splendid. EA: Please note this arrangement for Plants Vs Zombies 2.

  6. DrollRemark says:

    Blood? What blood?

    • Master Realtor Marklew says:

      Not only there is absolutely no blood there, but those are the happiest squads of pilots I ever saw. You can see they really like their jobs!
      They must all be sure their side is gonna win WWI any minute now…

      • Corporate Dog says:

        Even when they’re prisoners of war, their uniforms get a little torn and tattered, they maybe get a clean shave out of the deal, but their smile’s only partially faded.

    • bluebomberman says:

      It’s actually been noted that Sid Meier’s games are full of violence but entirely devoid of blood.

      link to

      • Triplanetary says:

        Wow, that article triggered my Sid Meier nostalgia so hard I went to Steam right after reading it and bought Brave New World. Even though Meier was only indirectly involved in Civ5, it’s close enough.

      • acheron says:

        Ugh, you made me go to Kotaku.

        Grudgingly I will admit that was a good article though. Sid can make anything better.

      • mouton says:

        Well, from high above, massacres, ethnic cleansing and genocide are just statistics.

  7. sventoby says:

    I wish the Sid Meier’s games would come out on Android. FreeCiv is too hard to play.

    • Triplanetary says:

      1) Download Android app Splashtop
      2) Follow instructions
      3) Civ5 on Android (or Alpha Centauri or whatever your poison)

      • Svardskampe says:

        If you are on a tegra device, like the nexus 7, I reckon the THD version of splashtoo to be working much smoother.

  8. racccoon says:

    Another one of crazy ideas, he must of had another come on in and make a game in twenty four hours competition. Its looks pretty good but not my sort of game nice work though.

  9. Listlurker says:

    As has been said, I’m really glad that Sid Meier is hands-on in creating games again, but the subject matter of Ace Patrol just doesn’t call to me as a gamer. Hopefully, others will find it more compelling than I do.

  10. Zorn says:

    I’m still a little sad about the remake of Pirates!. I enjoyed the hell out of it, like I did on the C-64. I just think there would have seen so many possibilities would it have been open for modding.

    As for this little gem, it looks intriguing, but alas, I’m afraid it would need a sale for me and then there the cluttered-backlog-monster of games, getting huger than my lifespan is long, if it doesn’t have already.