Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron is surprisingly more enjoyable than I expected it to be. When the game was handed to me for review I told my boss to stuff it. However, after spending some time with it, I became fairly engaged. Let me mention that NES era shooters were not my favorite, so it came as a surprise as to even myself that I actually wanted to continue on.
Aces puts you in the role of a squadron of four pilots where you play as the leader. The other three pilots act as satellite/option type guns similar to old school shooters. You fly your way through World War II with a sci-fi twist. Those familiar with the classic 1942 will feel right at home as this is the closest thing to a spiritual successor that’s around today. Bullets will fly and lots of enemies appear on screen giving you plenty to test your skill. Most impressive is that there was never any lag or slow down.
Aces originally started as a mobile phone game and by looking at it you’d be hard pressed to tell, the graphics are strikingly crisp. I came to enjoy the art style as it was very reminiscent of Metal Slug and matched the game perfectly. The writing has a very similar sense of humor, maybe more akin to Mercenary Kings but well-written none the less. The characters all have their quirks and during combat, they will show their true weaknesses adding an extra layer of depth that I found pleasantly refreshing. I won’t mention what those are, as I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone but they were definitely unexpected. As you progress, you unlock different abilities – a skill tree similar to modern day RPGs which gave me extra incentive to keep going to earn new abilities.
Overall my time with Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron was a good one. I’m not normally one to pick up shooters top-down or first person but Aces was well… aces! If you’re itching for the olden days of NES gaming or just like a quality shooter, I suggest picking up Aces. The price tag of 15 bucks is justified for the amount of gameplay that you’ll get out of it. As I’ve stated, this genre isn’t my cup of tea but those that love the genre will get their money’s worth. While I won’t be going back anytime soon, I’ll definitely say if you had your eye on it, it’s worth a shot. If you didn’t? Maybe wait for a sale.
6.5 out of 10
*all pictures were taken from Microsoft.com