Metascore
74

Mixed or average reviews - based on 42 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 42
  2. Negative: 0 out of 42
  1. 80
    After years of waiting for a truly standout flight game on Wii, XSEED has really delivered with Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces. Mixing in dozens of different mission types within the game's 18 stages, the Project Aces team puts a more arcade-inspired anime spin on its typical flight engine, and the result is a truly rewarding one.
  2. If you ignore the motion-sensing controls, then you'll find a lot of exciting aerial action in The Sky Crawlers.
  3. Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces fully captures the antithetical beauty of aerial warfare and matches it with an engaging story about wealth, greed and their reliance on death. Flaws aside, at $29.99, it’s the best flight game on Wii.
  4. It's easy to get sucked into the story and find a lot to enjoy in the game's 18 action-packed missions.
  5. 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.
  6. Overall, The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces is a great flight combat title on the Wii, and it's definitely something that Wii owners should check out.
  7. While I expect The Sky Crawlers to be largely ignored by gamers, it's not going to disappoint those curious enough to check it out, by any means.
  8. 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.
  9. While undoubtedly a good game, Sky Crawlers is indeed is a stripped down version of Ace Combat, with simplified gameplay, decent graphics and a kinda short story mode. Just don't even try to play it with the awkward default motion sensor controls.
  10. Overall this Sky Crawlers is a good combat simulator for Wii, in fact, it is the best on the system.
  11. The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces may well be short, but that doesn’t stop it from being the greatest and most electrifying flight sim on Wii. And for that reason, it deserves your attention.
  12. 80
    Visually the game has moments of brilliance, especially when levels are designed for one-on-one combat.
  13. Despite a fundamentally flawed default control scheme and somewhat bland visuals, Innocent Aces remains a solid flight-sim.
  14. Great aerial action.. If you don't play with the motion-sensing controls.
  15. The best thing about The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces is that it makes you feel like a badass ace pilot. [Jan 2010, p.87]
  16. The game pleasantly surprised me with a smart (but difficult to master) control scheme, combat that was fun, engaging and difficult, and some great visuals.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. Whilst we would have liked to see some kind of multiplayer option and the ability to replay missions at varying difficulty levels without replaying the entire game first, it's a lot of fun and a game we'll be playing for quite some time.
  20. A great package. The unique control scheme is unique and effective, providing a sense of connection with your aircraft that mere button-pressing cannot. The story, told both with fantastic movies and via in-flight dialogue, is great; while confusing at times, it has requisite twist and turns just like the film.
  21. A fun and fairly original pseudo flight sim that has more depth and imagination than most rivals.
  22. 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.
  23. For a long time we've awaited for an aerial fighting-simulation like The Sky Crawlers, made by the team behind Ace Combat. And that's very much what we're going to find on this game, that follows the story of a few children that's set to die in the skies without any reason at all. Interesting gameplay, sometimes lacked by it's own struggle to show something new, cool story and impressive graphics. Nothing more, nothing less.
  24. For Wii owners jonesing for something besides the usual batches of brightly-colored shovelware and tired flagship franchises, The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces fresh take on dog-fighting along with a healthy dose of anime-inspired storytelling is just what the doctor ordered.
  25. It's not perfect but this is a breathless, enjoyable dogfighter. [Apr 2010, p.76]
  26. Not only the best combat flight sim on Wii but one of the best shooty action games of any type. [Feb 2010, p.60]
  27. 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.
  28. For fans looking for a solid flying game, or for something that's wholly different, this is a good bet.
  29. Played with one of the other supported controllers, though, Sky Crawlers will deliver all of the above, but nothing else new to the genre.
  30. With solid graphics and sound, some great gameplay elements, and a great anime style, you really can’t go wrong picking up and playing this game
User Score
8.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Feb 13, 2011
    10
    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 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 »