Sep 3, 2013
The Battle of Britain remains one of the most renown tales of perseverance in world history. It pitted what was then considered the unconquerable German Air Force against the outmatched (but indomitable) British forces. The end result arguably changed world history and highlights that force of will is always the biggest factor in any sort of conflict.
In Aces of the Luftwaffe, we have a drummed down, arcade-y version of the battle. The numbers are stacked against us, the ammunition is seemingly unending and the power-ups and coins keep dropping.
In this flying adventure, it is a top-down view that lends itself to the action perspective; the controlled Royal Air Force fighter flies from roughly the bottom of the bottom of the screen. The enemy plains start out from the opposite end, but eventually, formations fly in from all over, and there is even fire from behind to contend with. Thankfully, our defending ships shoots perpetually, which helps with the endless swarms. Blasting the enemy usually frees goodies like upgrades and medals. The medals are literally golden, as they hold the key to creating a truly competitive craft for future levels.
Controlling the craft is fairly intuitive; moving the plane is a simple matter of tapping and holding the plane, so keeping the finger is key to maneuvering around the flying area to dodge enemy fire, planes and to collect said goodies. This simplicity is also a bit of a hindrance, and it can sometimes block the view. Grabbing the dropping medals inadvertently increases the challenge of the game, as they don’t always appear in optimal areas. Getting hit by bullets or by diving opponents leaves damage that is reflected by damage to the “screen” during play. The gold medals help increase the attributes of the plane.
It won’t be a a true arcade game without the requisite bosses, and this game as plenty of them through the levels.
Graphically, the game has decent looks, but I couldn’t shake the feeling that I could have used a bit more polish with regards to the background. At some pints, it looks very busy… almost distracting. The pursuit of medals almost overtakes the gameplay, but the in-app purchasing is available for folks inclined.
For a fun time-waster with a cool bit of history behind it, AOTL is a cool option.