Battle to Rule the Pacific Skies!Take flight over the treacherous Pacific waters where ace pilots redefine historic World War II battles! Skillfully pilot the most iconic American and Japanese fighter planes of the Pacific War while representing the army or navy.
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Release Date: Nov 5, 2013

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Battle to Rule the Pacific Skies!
Take flight over the treacherous Pacific waters where ace pilots redefine historic World War II battles! Skillfully pilot the most iconic American and Japanese fighter planes of the Pacific War while representing the army or navy. Upgrade your fighters and promote your leading pilots so they master new skills needed to ambush an enemy VIP, rescue POW pilots or torpedo bomb enemy targets! Can you turn the tide of war? Or will you go down in flames to an enemy ace?

Key Features:
  • Enlist in over 180 missions set in iconic WWII battles like Pearl Harbor, Midway and Guadalcanal
  • Expertly pilot fleets of American or Japanese aircraft while representing the army or navy
  • Earn promotions, equipment upgrades and advanced Ace maneuvers
  • Personalize your pilot profile and aircraft to set you apart in battle
  • Single Player campaign & Hot Seat Multiplayer missions with leaderboards

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 or later
    • Processor: 1.8 Core 2 Duo or AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 3600+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256MB Video Card w/ OpenGL capabilities (Intel HD4000+, GeForce 7600+, GeForce 100+, Radeon HD2000+)
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Audio output capability DirectX®: OpenGL
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62 of 78 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
I was a rookie pilot just getting my wings on a mission to shoot down enemy Japanese planes. My maneuvers were weak and so was my aim. I shot down a few but was lost a little later behind enemy lines. Next up came my partner who seemed to fair better but unlucky for him he was terrible too. One by one what was once a total of four slowly became none after failed missions over and over till we were all lost behind enemy lines with no way of escape. This is the sad story of our our lost soldiers of war.

Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies is a casual strategy hex-grid style game. You control four total pilots which you maneuver around the board trying to take out the enemies. When you start you have a very limited choice of movements. Over time you earn upgrades and better planes to help you out against tougher and tougher enemies. You are scored on each mission on how well you perform. The more you get hit or if you lose a pilot your points drop.

There is a total of eight areas with 4 missions to each one. You will fly around at Pearl Harbor, Midway, Okinawa, and a few other locations on the pacific. You can still fail a mission and move on to the next one. You'll just end up with a lower overall score.

Pacific Skies is not a bad game and you can get it for fairly cheap. It also comes from the great Sid Meier who has a fantastic game making record. So if you enjoy a little challenge, WWII history, or Sid Meier games I recommend you try this game out.

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56 of 70 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
More than anything, this is just a skin for the original Ace Patrol. If you enjoyed the original game, you’ll probably find a good amount more content in Pacific Skies. If you are burnt out on the formula, this game is just going to bore you. And if you didn't like the original at all, well, this one is just more of the same.
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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23, 2014
Turn-based lite strategy game about WW2 fighter planes. The premise is really interesting and I think the game mechanics are nicely executed. The planes each have a different feel, and the game does a good job of modeling "energy fighting" (e.g. trading altitude for speed and vice versa) and roll/turn rates (a P40 will roll left/right within a hex; a Zero doesn't roll so good but can sustain a turn to 120 degrees, etc.)

Beyond that... it's a good thing this game is just $5 because it is woefully under-polished, especially for a Sid Meier title. The missions are very repetitive (180 are claimed, but they're really a variation on four or five missions with different enemy planes in them), the animations are clunky, and there are endless small boneheaded things that will annoy you.

It's very good for a tablet game, but I can't give it my full recommendation.
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2013
Okay. Yes this is an iDevice game. Ported to PC. And yes, normally this would basically make me not even consider it. But AP: PS is such a unique game, gameplay wise it's a great buy. It's cheap to buy, no fancy graphics or animations. But the gameplay is quite complex and UNIQUE. A strategy game that is even slightly unique hasnt been invented in like forever. ALL OF THEM are the same ♥♥♥♥..

But I had never played a turn based, x,y,z axis, WW2 military airial combat RPG. And when I did, I was glad. This ♥♥♥♥ is FUN. And the missions only last like 8-10 minutes each.

It takes turn based military to another level, each place has stats, each pilot has stats, and together they earn gear and movesets. And by mid campaign you can pull off some SWEET tag teams with your planes. Hiding in clouds, fly upside down over someone so they can't shoot you next turn. The ways each move can play out once your in battle are insane.

If it sounds good, get it. I would LOOOVE to see more of this made just for PC. Even though I don't care much about graphical fidelity.
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
108.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 15
The great strategy of Sid Meier's Ace Patrol returns with Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies. It's set during World War II; where players have the choice to play as the US Navy, US Army, Imperial Japanese Navy, and Imperial Japanese Army. It certainly has a familiar presentation for those who played the original, but it’s also more polished and enhanced. The mission set-up is different as players are given one mission instead of a choice between three. I also find the visuals to be more polished and likable, but that's probably because I love the old warbirds.

Pacific Skies offers that same great strategy, though these aircraft are capable of additional moves and tighter turns. This means facing an enemy ace can be a daunting task. It’s always important to keep the enemy aircraft out in front. If not, players can lose position and fail to shake the enemy off their tail - eventually being shot down. I’m reminded of this often as I’ve made the mistake of going in heavy for an attack on multiple occasions. This led to an enemy aircraft getting in prime position to shoot down my plane. This is why the strategy of Ace Patrol is so much fun for aviation enthusiasts and strategy fans. It’s a game of chess that takes place in the skies above. If players make one wrong move, it could very easily be check-mate for their aircraft.

There are multiple difficulty levels to choose from so it can be a very fun and causal experience for those who play on easy. The rest of us that like a challenge will enjoy the harder difficulties, even when things get impossible. It's exciting, and that means everything in a game like this.

With each mission there is one objective, and once players complete it they can fly back to base or shoot down the remaining aircraft to finish the mission. Obviously, shooting down the remaining aircraft is perfect for getting high scores on the many available leaderboards, but sometimes that might not be the best idea when players have damage on their aircraft. It's still fun to bait an enemy aircraft with one plane while coming from behind with another. There are also endless chases where players wait for the remaining enemy to make one wrong turn so they can finally shoot it down.

Pacific Skies is a wonderful enhancement on the original Ace Patrol, giving players even more strategic aerial greatness to enjoy. It's a fantastic strategy title with its simple controls and gameplay mixed with good objectives and tough difficulty levels. It really leads to some of the best strategy that can be found on the App Store. Plus, there is online multiplayer to keep players busy beyond the 180+ missions. Go fly over the Pacific, Ace Pilots!
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
A turn based dogfighting simulation? Who knew that could work.

This really looked like iPad shovelware to me, but I tried it, because, you know, Sid Meier. Turns out, it's really fun. It models the performance of the planes really nicely, and the RPG elements work well.

It could really use some larger scenarios, a scenario editor, and online multiplayer. But at $5, I guess it can be excused for not having those features.
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
32.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 14, 2015
I played SMAP initially on iOS a couple of years ago, so when I saw both SMAP games on Steam I jumped at them. These are turn-based dogfighting/fighter mission games. Think of them as a lite version of the Wings of War boardgame. These days, IMHO Sid will put his name on anything, so it is good to read the reviews and watch the previews to see if it is something you like.

For me, it was. I think I got this game for less than USD$3 and it is worth it for that price, as you will be challenged, you will go down in flames a few times (or more) and you will get 25-30 hours of turn-based gameplay out of it.

If this kind of game is interesting to you, or the strategy around dogfighting or ground attack missions interests you, then I think you will find it interesting. If you think this is an action game, you will be immediately disappointed. This is more like chess in the skies, and as such a novel and interesting twist on several genres.

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2014
Note: Summary at the bottom of the review.

The second "Ace Patrol" game, "Pacific Skies" is a turn-based strategy (TBS) game that is small in scope, simple, yet very engaging and nice to pick up and play for a bit. There really aren't that many historical air combat TBS games out there, so it is hard to compare it to anything else. It feels a bit like a smartphone-port, yet the controls work well so I cannot really say that this is a drawback in itself. The game IS casual, so do not expect it to have overly much complexity to it. The core of the game is assigning different maneuvers to your pilot(s), trying to put them in the best position to shoot down the enemy. As you progress, you unlock new maneuvers and gain new planes and improvements.

*Simple, engaging pick-up-and-play gameplay.
*Both sides are balanced the same.
*Has a certain charm to its style.

*Not that much depth to it.

A fun little TBS game that will cater to your desire for a casual TBS experience, Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies is worth its pricetag so long as you do not expect anything with too much depth and complexity to it. 6/10 - Recommended.

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17 of 24 people (71%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
It's a pretty good game, for a $5.00 game. Some of the animations when the planes maneuver clearly weren't finished or half heartedly put together. Other then that it's a very fun casual game.
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14 of 20 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 20, 2014
Crashes constantly at start-up. Sent ticket to 2k games and no response. Steam's solutions do not help.
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Gordon Ramsay
9.1 hrs
Posted: October 9
Nice skin for the original game. 1/10.
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1.6 hrs
Posted: October 2
Cannot recommend this game.
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1.9 hrs
Posted: August 21
A good little game, however I did like the first Ace Patrol better.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: June 18
While essentially not a bad concept for a light, casual game, the polish isn't there. It literally crashed after every other mission I played. It lacks any sort of volume adjustment other than 'on' or 'off.' The graphics leave a lot to be desired.

Gameplay really is quaint and fun. But the constant crashing is a deal breaker. If I were Sid, I wouldn't want my name attached to this game.
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21.8 hrs
Posted: May 19
I'll cut straight to the point: In the end I hated this game. I only finished it for the achievements sake, but I was super annoyed at the end. Here's my pros and cons:


+ nice pacific setup
+ new planes
+ new maneuvers (given the technological advances since WW1)


- every campaign is exactly the same
- planes don't heal between missions, but only after battles (of 4 missions)
- no matter which faction you play: the other side is SUPER overpowered (have more HP and armor whilst at the same time doing more damage to YOU)
- because this is so annoying the imbalance gets another minus point here
- all achievements are repetitive, no unique challenges

I got this game in a humble bundle together with the original Ace Patrol. That one was okay. This one is the same only in more annoying.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: April 13
Good as the previous one. Takes up pretty much where the first game left off. Not much improvement, but solid for the price.
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2.8 hrs
Posted: March 31
It's more fun than War Thunder currently is.
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13.2 hrs
Posted: March 28
Slightly better than the original Ace Patrol (at least it runs smoother and in contrast to first part of the series no crashes for me anymore). Sadly nearly no new features were added but solid gameplay over all. Recommandation only if you can get it at discount in a sale or in a bundle.
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Aids & Other Assorted Goods
19.1 hrs
Posted: March 26
Good Game With Good Trading Cards!
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0.9 hrs
Posted: March 16
A fun strategy air combat game perfect for a new comer or casual gamer. Easy to learn mechanics allows you to just play. The missions aren't very time consuming, so this is great to squeeze in some gaming when time is limited.
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