It’s been just 6 months considering that Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol brought its special, tactical take on World war air fight to iOS, and currently we have got a sequel. Pushing the action forward to the Pacific during World War II, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies pits American and Japanese aces against each other in objectives that vary from easy dogfighting to defending or destroying crucial ships, bases, or other properties.

As in the initial, the action’s turn-based, and your aircrafts (which usually going into battle 2 or 3 at a time) move a little bit each round when you tap on movement markers to inform them where to go. These start out very simple– pilots can climb, dive and turn– but as your pilots shoot down enemies, they earn more challenging moves (consisting of loops and rolls) that make them far more nimble. And since the quantity of damage their attacks deal usually relies on the angle and altitude of technique, even more movement options typically spell the difference between scratching an opponent aircraft’s paint or downing it in one shot.

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Aside from the shift in surroundings, there’ve been a variety of modifications in between Ace Patrol and Pacific Skies, for starters, the variety of goals in each of the four projects (which let you play as the U.S. Navy, Japanese Navy, UNITED STATE Army, or Japanese Military) has been expanded from 24 to 32. Likewise, there’s more range in the kinds of goals you are offered, although it’s worth keeping in mind that whether you are escorting a bomber or photographing adversary bases with a spy plane, it’s commonly simply as easy to win by overlooking those goals and annihilating your enemies. While it’s good to have more than one course to victory, the practical result is that all goals come down to same-y combat runs, some of which just happen to have reward objectives.

More noticeably, the original’s freemium trappings are entirely gone, not only does Pacific Skies cost a flat $4.99, however the choice to buy fast POW-camp escapes or new pilots has vanished. In the beginning, we actually missed the benefit– lingering for a rescue objective to release your downed pilots at the start of each campaign chapter can be a drag– but we rapidly adjusted, and not being plagued with advertisements is a certain plus.

Also, if you get bored matching wits with the computer system, there’s an asynchronous multiplayer mode to attempt, either by switching your iDevice with an additional player or establishing a network match. The latter can take a while if your challenger is not specifically responsive, but Pacific Skies can take note of multiple games, notifying you from the lock display when among your rivals makes a move. The disadvantage is that multiplayer is relatively shallow– aside from choosing your side, there is not much space for modification– however it can be an enjoyable modification of pace from the more involved projects.
The bottom line. Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies is not a radical re-invention of the initial, but including more content and refined gameplay to an already remarkable strategy game is tough to argue with.