The Sky Crawlers: Innocent Aces Wii


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. 75
    The total package is tasty, but not entirely satisfactory, after completing all the missions. The motion sensitive controls are perhaps not the best option, but they are the most fun. A bit of imagination gets you far, but the execution of the spectacular moves are handled by the game itself. If you want a decent flight sim on Wii - despite it arcade-ish feel - don't hesitate to buy this one.
  2. AceGamez
    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.
  3. It's easy to get sucked into the story and find a lot to enjoy in the game's 18 action-packed missions.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Sky Crawlers is a solid flight sim that's brought down by a few unfortunate design flaws.
  8. If you ignore the motion-sensing controls, then you'll find a lot of exciting aerial action in The Sky Crawlers.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Nintendo Gamer
    Not only the best combat flight sim on Wii but one of the best shooty action games of any type. [Feb 2010, p.60]
  15. 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.
  16. For fans looking for a solid flying game, or for something that's wholly different, this is a good bet.
  17. 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.
  18. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    It's not perfect but this is a breathless, enjoyable dogfighter. [Apr 2010, p.76]
  19. 83
    Despite the default motion controls not being quite as wonderful as you'd hope and the question mark over longevity, Sky Crawlers still manages to be a hugely enjoyable ride.
  20. 75
    Overall this Sky Crawlers is a good combat simulator for Wii, in fact, it is the best on the system.
  21. 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.
  22. 80
    Visually the game has moments of brilliance, especially when levels are designed for one-on-one combat.

Awards & Rankings

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

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 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
    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 »