Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. May 16, 2013
    100
    This is a game with style, substance, and its own great blend of action and strategy, and for now is an iOS exclusive to boot. If you have any love for Sid Meier, strategy games, aviation sims, or just darn good games you'd be crazy to not give this game a shot.
  2. May 14, 2013
    90
    A truly great portable strategy game that’s original, accessible, and addictive. And for once the microtransactions benefit the player as well as the publisher.
  3. May 13, 2013
    90
    At launch, the promised network multiplayer mode was a no-show, and selecting that mode confusingly sends you back to the App Store to download the latest version of the game. There’s also no difference between the campaigns for each country, so buying them is really a matter of whether you want the different planes to fly.
  4. May 13, 2013
    90
    Having played so many of the Firaxis' games and having spent so much time learning their intricate mechanics, I'm pleased to report the simple elegance of Sid Meier's Ace Patrol doesn't diminish the satisfaction and underlying depth the studio is known for.
  5. May 10, 2013
    90
    A brilliantly balanced, perfectly playable game of strategy and swooping turns that will have you enthralled, Sid Meier's Ace Patrol is a must-play.
  6. May 9, 2013
    90
    Ace Patrol flies players into turn-based aerial combat during World War I. Having a strategy for the skies is the challenge as players partake in multiple single player missions, each with unique objectives.
  7. May 15, 2013
    82
    It's probably one of the best strategy games on iOS. However, it heavily relies on in-app purchases, so keep that in mind. If you like what it has to offer, those purchases will be worth it anyway.
  8. May 21, 2013
    80
    Sid Meier's first original mobile IP is a deep and clever strategy game, mixing the idea behind SteamBirds with the hexagonal grid of the classic boardgames.
  9. May 15, 2013
    80
    Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol is a deceptively deep, highly polished and surprisingly addictive look at the strategy behind old-school dogfights.
  10. May 14, 2013
    80
    Give the free levels a try, and you will have a hard time not downloading the additional campaigns right away.
  11. May 13, 2013
    80
    After porting all of its classics successfully to iOS, Sid Meier proves himself once again with Ace Patrol. It feels wonderfully refreshing and the dogfights combine accessibility with an intelligent layer of tactics. It's ruthless when failing a mission though, but that's compensated by a look that breathes sympathy and fun multiplayer modes.
  12. May 13, 2013
    80
    An interesting and engaging strategy portable experience with a great bunch of missions to handle with and a good game balance.
  13. Mr. Meier has come up with a smart and innovative game of turn-based tactics for gamers on the go. Now it’s your job to be a smart consumer and show him what you’re willing to pay for – as well as what you’re not.
  14. May 10, 2013
    80
    Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol (Free, Universal) is a finely crafted strategic aerial assault that soars in the App Store providing such a worthwhile download.
  15. May 9, 2013
    80
    All in all we wouldn't hesitate to recommend that any strategy fan gets stuck into at least the free content that's on offer here, and it's a wise distribution model given that there's not a great deal of hand-holding or explanation of the game's core mechanics.
  16. Jun 13, 2013
    79
    Sid Meier's Ace Patrol has a good air combat setup, gameplay is simple but fun. Feels a lot of like boardgame Wings of Glory. There is no point of buying other nations, though. Only thing changes is the paint on your planes. [June 2013]
  17. Jun 26, 2013
    70
    There's a sense of automation that some otherwise satisfying pilot customisation options can't shoot down. [Aug 2013, p.78]
  18. May 14, 2013
    70
    Ace Patrol shines in its mechanics and may very well become a good game after a steady progression of updates. As it stands now, this one could use some more time in flight school.
  19. 60
    Simple yet enjoyable conversion made for tablets, which might be the reason why it tends to stall on PCs. If you manage to get it running, feel free to adjust the score accordingly.
  20. Jun 27, 2013
    60
    Ace Patrol tries to apply the Civilization V template to WW1 air combat. Unfortunately, it a little too disjointed to fully engage.
  21. May 31, 2013
    59
    The concept is interesting but too soon everything will be sacrificed to in-app-purchases that are forced by design dead ends that can just be solved by spending money. This is pay-to-win at its worst…
User Score
4.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Dec 28, 2013
    5
    First of all, Sid has chosen the iOS infamous "pay-to-cheat" model.
    The game mechanics are nice, but there are almost no strategic choices to
    First of all, Sid has chosen the iOS infamous "pay-to-cheat" model.
    The game mechanics are nice, but there are almost no strategic choices to be made.
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  2. Aug 29, 2013
    8
    An amazingly original take on strategy. No building mines, baracks, and cranking out endless steamroller waves of troops. It's just you,An amazingly original take on strategy. No building mines, baracks, and cranking out endless steamroller waves of troops. It's just you, your wingman, and the enemy. Each turn matters, because on wrong move means the enemy gets the drop on you and shreads your plane. Its all about realistic physics, flight mechanics, positioning for optimum firing paths, and working with your wingman to set up crossfires, or decoys. Taking realistic flight physics and turning them into a grid based strategy game? Only Sid M. could have pulled that off. I love this game.

    The only reason it didn't get a higher score was because it was a little light on the extras. Not much in the way of story telling, the leveling system is mediocre, etc. But none of that stops it from being a great game that is totally worth the price.
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