Game Introduction – Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol

Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol is a turn-based strategy game where you control airplanes and run sorties; level up your characters and give them better skills; and shoot down bogeys. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to play your best game.

Quick Start Guide

  • To download the game, click the “Play Now” button at the top of this page.
  • Once downloaded, click the “play” button.
  • That’s it! You’re ready to start the game!

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

  • Squadron Leader: When you first enter the world of Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol,the first thing that you will do is select a squadron leader for the sorties that you’ll be running in the game.  There are four leaders for you to choose from, all with different attributes that will be beneficial to you in combat.  Whatever your style of play, there is something here that will suit you and make you better, so there isn’t really one way to go that is the “right” or “wrong” way.  If you’re more defensive, go with either of the two female characters as your leaders; and if you’re more offensive, go with either of the two male characters.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

  • Movement: As stated in the introduction, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol is a turn-based strategy game.  You’ll control your planes and move them across the field of play by using the arrows.  You can tap any of the blue icons once to get a preview of the moves that will occur.  Double-tapping the arrow will move your plane into that position.  It’s good to get into the habit of previewing your moves, as at the end of each preview, you’ll not only have an idea of where your plane will be positioned on the map, but also if it will be angling sideways, towards the ground, or climbing to gain altitude.  As you complete missions and your characters perform well in combat, you’ll earn various rewards in the form of better damage protection, but also earn maneuver cards that will increase your flexibility in combat with regards to the amount of blue arrows that are available to you to choose from.  Many missions will let you select squad mates that you can also progress skills with, in addition to your main squadron leader.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

  • After-Action Report: After you complete your mission, you’ll be taken to a screen where you are ranked by points.  You’re ranked on how many enemies you took down, and of course completing the main mission objectives.  If you receive a high enough score from the mission, you’ll receive attribute boosts that can be given to any one of your pilots that will make them more effective in combat.

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  • Main Hub: From the above screen, you will be able to look at your pilot’s attributes, view how many victories you’ve had, and select the next mission.  This is where you’ll access everything that the game has to offer.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

  • Upgrades: It has been alluded to previously, but here is an example of one of the upgrades that you can receive for superior performance in one of the missions: improved accuracy in your attacks with one pilot.  Each mission has these bonuses, so there is incentive for you to backtrack and replay missions that might have given you trouble the first time in order to get these upgrades.  The more upgrades you have, the better your pilots will be in future missions, so there’s really no reason to not backtrack through and pick all of these up.

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  • Clouds: One of the ways that you and your opponents can conceal movements is by entering clouds.  Once you are in the clouds, you can lay in wait until a bogey decides to enter the area.  From there, you can attack without their knowledge.  It’s a great way to get the drop on enemies, but you’ll have to be weary when traveling in front of clouds yourself: in case there is a bad-guy lying in wait for you!

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

  • Difficulty Level: To customize your experience, Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol has five different difficulty levels for you to choose from.  The lower levels are extremely easy and don’t require as much effort: you can typically go straight for your targets and take them out with little effort.  The higher difficulties mean that the enemies will maneuver more intelligently, and cause more damage.  You’ll have to tinker around to find the difficulty that works best for your own skill level.  There’s nothing wrong with going with a lower level to make your experience more fun!
  • Multiplayer: Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol also offers competitive multiplayer, both local and online.  However, you’ll have to complete the campaigns in the single-player mode first, or you’ll need to purchase the multiplayer campaigns.  As of this writing, the online multiplayer asked to download the latest version of the game (which I currently have the most recent version installed) so it is possible that the online component is not quite there yet.  You can purchase “aces” and “improvements” from the multiplayer screen as well.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol

  • Anti-Aircraft Positions: Another consideration in combat that you will need to take under advisement is anti-aircraft positions.  In the above screenshot, the area outlined in red is an anti-aircraft position of the German’s, and is not something that you’ll want to fly over.  If you do, your plane will take damage.  In certain situations, sometimes attacking over these areas might not be worth it.  If, for example, your plane has taken heavy damage and you’re attacking a target that is high on health and you cannot take it down, it probably wouldn’t be advantageous for you to attack.
  • Health: You can check the health of each of your pilots as well as the enemies in the top of the screen.  The images of each of the pilots are shown, and the green circle represents their health.
  • Attacking: When you are able to hit a target, one of the arrows will turn green.  Tap the green arrow once to get a preview on the attack.  It will show you how much damage you will do to the enemy, and more importantly, to what enemy you’ll be doing it to.

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