Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
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  1. 60
    Ultimately, Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces is a game that deserves to be in the library of anyone who enjoyed the film, and a worthwhile purchase for flight sim fans as well.
  2. 58
    Sky Crawlers was better than I was expecting, but still left me unfulfilled in a couple of places. The main culprits are the largely unexciting missions, which don't pick up in scale or drama until the final few, when the fighting and the set pieces around it start to actually feel stressful.
  3. Great aerial action.. If you don't play with the motion-sensing controls.
  4. Played with one of the other supported controllers, though, Sky Crawlers will deliver all of the above, but nothing else new to the genre.
  5. Despite a fundamentally flawed default control scheme and somewhat bland visuals, Innocent Aces remains a solid flight-sim.
  6. A fun and fairly original pseudo flight sim that has more depth and imagination than most rivals.
  7. Nintendo Power
    The best thing about The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces is that it makes you feel like a badass ace pilot. [Jan 2010, p.87]
  8. At least the unlockables provide a good reason to keep coming back for more. It’s hardly a perfect game, but it’s still fun. The pilots of Sky Crawlers were right; the war might not be real, but it’s still entertaining.
  9. 60
    Give it a go if you’re a fan of combat flight-sims or the film, but otherwise, you’re likely to be disappointed.
  10. Though better than most, Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces doesn't quite have the lasting power or polish to set it apart from the high fliers in the genre. For most prospective pilots, it's a decent rent, but if all you care about is smooth controls and shooting down bogies anime-style, then this is your bag.
  11. Thanks to the fairly interesting story and by looking past some of the annoying missions, Sky Crawlers is a decent game. It still might not appeal to veteran flight combat fans, but for those looking for anything to take to the skies, they won’t be disappointed.
  12. Without much competition in the genre for the Nintendo Wii, Innocent Aces does not disappoint, on the contrary, follows the same lines that have categorized the aftermath of the Ace Combat series.
  13. If you want to test how an airborne action game works with your Wii - Innocent Aces could be the right game for you. Just be aware of the stupid story and the short lifespan.
  14. As a flight game from developer Project Aces of Ace Combat fame there are many reasons as to why this could have been a competent flight game for the Wii. Unfortunately you'll get a limited amount of hours out of this game and the motion based controls don't do anything to improve the experience. Add to this a confusing storyline and presentation that's decent at best and you get an overall experience that'll leave you unfulfilled.
  15. For fans of aerial combat games or the anime on which The Sky Crawlers was based, however, the game offers an excess of value, with an Achievements-esque medal system, multiple difficulty levels, and dozens of things to unlock.
  16. If you are a Wii owner and looking for a flight game then you really should give this a go, it's by no means perfect, but it is a lot of fun.
  17. 70
    The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces does a lot of things right. Unfortunately, the game also falls a bit short in a few areas, and doesn't even get off the ground in others.
  18. The game never finds its place between being an arcade or a simulation, making this another strange title for Wii that won't find a huge audience able to forgive its problems.
  19. Veteran Aces will want to check it out, while newbie’s waiting for the next big thing from Nintendo can have fun with something other than a lame on-rails shooter.
  20. Sky Crawlers gives you the chance to chose from different and effective control systems, which we liked, and the variety of missions and the various extras increased our fun throughout our review. But the cut-scenes are just too long!

Awards & Rankings

#96 Most Discussed Wii Game of 2010
#37 Most Shared Wii Game of 2010
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 2 out of 14
  1. Feb 13, 2011
    I love it and wii controls make it better. The good! You feel like an ace pilot who dominates the sky. Planes are customisable and can fitI love it and wii controls make it better. The good! You feel like an ace pilot who dominates the sky. Planes are customisable and can fit your style. Good story and works along with the movie, when you watch the movie you can't help but think ya that's me who owns the sky. Awesome. The bad. I want more levels, more epic battles. Ace combat series is known for that, no matter how much they give you, you just want more. Hope a sequel comes out, ill pay 50$ no hesitation. Oh ya, if your a wii control fan you'll love it easy to get carried away and flinch right before you hammer into the ground. Full Review »