The deepest, most tactical shooter on Steam. With every takedown, you’ll earn cash and xp to upgrade your ship and unlock new powers. Online and local co-op. Realistic physics and water simulation.
User reviews: Mostly Positive (262 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 19, 2014

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"Relive the classic arcade jet fighter shoot and dodge experience. Enjoy enhancements such as inventory, multiplayer and varying difficulty levels! "
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April 28

Update 4/28

We have made a few changes to improve the experience for new users a bit.

-Simplified the tutorials
-Players now start with the second weapon slot and air to air missiles

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“This is the game you've been looking for”
Eurogamer

“addictive...ingenious....I truly enjoyed Revolution Ace”
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“The great core gameplay is all there”
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About This Game

Humanity is on the verge of extinction. It’s up to you to infiltrate the AI core and win the war against the machines.

Start your journey with a simple ship, outfitted with only basic machine guns and air-to-ground missiles. As you take down more and more of the AI’s fighter’s you’ll unlock new technologies like plasma shields, wave beams, and ion cannons.

It’s totally up to you how you outfit your rig, with hundreds of possible configurations and strategies, Revolution Ace is the deepest, most strategic overhead shooter you’ve ever played.

Features
  • Powered by the Unreal engine.
  • Real water simulation and rigidbody physics. Ships react realistically when shot down, and buildings respond realistically when bombed.
  • Fight a wide variety of air, land, and sea enemies with a customizable loadout. Level up to unlock more weapon slots and perks that add additional passive bonuses like piercing and shield stealing.
  • Online and local two player co-op
  • Unique Versus mode. Send enemies and hazards to defeat your opponent.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or greater
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHZ Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Video Card
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Supported Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: Video Card with Shader Model 3 support
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Pretty much the only modern game even trying to replicate the execellence of Tyrian or Raptor. A recent patch (28 April 2015) addressed the early game slog by having the player start with a second weapon slot so there is at least a semblance of customization at the beginning.

pros:
-multiple weapons
-actual hp bar so the game plays more like a shooter than a mouse avoider
-online co-op multiplayer

cons:
-waits way too long to actually unlock the 5 weapon slots and a good selection of weapons (it gets good, but still)
-Tyrian is 10x better, if you haven't already played Tyrian so many times that you just can't play it any more go get it instead

Verdict:
If you long for a Tyrian or Raptor styled game and have played out the old classics, get this.
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
This is exactly the kind of game that I miss so much. A sidescrolling game just like "Sonic Wing". I used to play it every time I went to a gaming shop, with my stepfather. This is very nostalgic.

It's challenging and has a retro style for sounds and music (and even kinda visual). There are bosses and different kind of enemies, weapons and upgrades. You'll have a good time playing this with friends.

10/10 ♥

"This is Skyrim with planes!!!"
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20 of 20 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Builds on the foundation of the old and classic with fresh novelty // Recommended for those of inventive mind and quick reflexes

~Full Disclosure: This game was reviewed with a key given by the developers~

+ Missed enemies that return for a second pass are highlighted, indicating a drop in value; this is a useful feature that encourages target prioritization, although this feature (strangely) seemed to make few appearances after the first level
+ User interface, while not aesthetically sensational, is functional and unobtrusive
+ A combination of unlockable perks, a straightforward leveling system, and myriad upgrade components available for purchase make for a refreshing level of customization
+ Gameplay and ship customization does much to reward forward-planning and a tactical mind-set
+ Boasts an attention to detail uncommon for the genre, such as ripple effects when firing into bodies of water, or trees being felled when strafed by machine gun fire
+ Though few people seem to be taking advantage of it at the moment, the multiplayer is excellent; in particular, the 'Battle Chains' option is absolutely ingenious, and incredibly addicting (this mode lets the player run through a stage, then challenge a friend to the same stage, at which point their progress will be compared to yours and a return challenge issued, building to potentially better and better matches)
+ The combination of air/ground combat is a breath of fresh air for the genre, and adds immensely to the challenge
+ Agreeably lengthy campaign for an arcade shooter - not too long, not too short
+ Healthy variety of enemy units that introduce new patterns and weaponry, building on top of those from previous stages, keeping the game fresh throughout
+ Between ship modules and unlockable perks, the number of combinations at your disposal for tackling enemy units is staggering
+ Visuals are par-for-the-course; they are a bit lacking by today's standards, but they are far from disappointing

- There are occasional, and seemingly random drops in frame-rate (although they are, admittedly, very minor drops, and more casual players are unlikely to be offset by it)
- Music, while not inherently terrible, suffers from a lack of variety; none of the scores really stand out, and they quickly fade into the background during gameplay (sound effects, also, were somewhat uninspired)
- No aesthetic customization options; this wouldn't normally count against the game but, as there is otherwise an overwhelming emphasis on ship customization, this ended up standing out as a mild disappointment
- While there is a plot, it's poorly presented, and it's clear that there was minimal effort put into it, whatsoever; there may as well have not been one included

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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Though skeptical, I found that this game was a lot of fun. I'm not usually the bullet-hell type of player, however I found this to be very fun and quite addictive. I'd certainly suggest for anyone to give it a try.
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
This game is a must for people who like shooters with an army-style. The style of the game is there are two types of targets: Ground and Air, which can give extra challenge if you're not careful with the situation. There is a shop to spend your scrap collected through the levels for weapons, levels to unlock perks and weapon slots, and even a versus mode. For those who want simplicity or simplicity with a little more on a shooter, this game should be in your collection.

Pros:
-You don't die in one hit. You have two things: Shield that regenerates and protects your health, and health.
-Shop to buy new weapons and equip
-Perks(buffs) that you get when you level up.

Cons:
-A bit tough at the beginning on killing enemies, but at least it walks you through on situations.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
The Rundown

Revolution Ace is definitely NOT one of the best shooters in its genre. It has frame rate problems, the bullets blend in with the background, and generally it's a bit of a mess. But somehow when I was playing it, something made me look past all that and I really did have a good time. It has an upgrade system that definitely helps with the sense of progression, a fun but challenging boss at the end of each stage, and a neat system of air bullets vs ground bullets, forcing you to pick between whether you're shooting in the background or in the foreground.

But by far the best part of the game is the multiplayer. It takes all the problems I mentioned and kinda blurs them out of your mind, because, at least for me, I was more focused on playing a game with my friend and the issues became less glaring. There's also a cool multiplayer versus mode, which I've never seen implimented into a top-down shooter before. It works pretty well.

As a whole, Revolution Ace was like a fat guy sitting in front of you at a playoff game. It's annoying at first, sure, but if you can look past the problems, you have a great game in front of you. It's a fun experience, and you should definitely consider picking it up if you have some friends to play it with.

Pros
  • Upgrades system
  • Interactive environments
  • Interesting air vs ground mechanics
  • Great multiplayer
Cons
  • Frame rate issues
  • Bullets tend to blend in with the background
  • Lasts maybe a bit longer than it needs to
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
As a kid, I enjoyed playing games like Tiger Heli on the NES. This top-down, side scrolling gem brings us back to those days, but with a modern twist. Not only are the graphics decent for a 2D top-down, but you can collect scrap which is then used to purchase upgrades for your ship, making you a true Ace of the skies. Fight against entire air forces in campaign mode, play with friends in a co-op game, or choose skirmishes and dogfight it out with both air and ground targets, Revolution Ace also allows you to pit your skills against other players, in side-by-side, split screen fashion. A great buy at a relatively low price, with progressively difficult settings to give you a challenge, This is a pretty good gem I would recommend.
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Revolution Ace is a shoot 'em up game that takes inspiration from the classics.

My favorite thing about it so far is the fact that there is room for customization, maybe not right at the beginning but with the inclusion of perks I'm free to make my jet fighter thing the way I want to! I get to play in my own unique way and so does every other player.

The UI and soundtrack are good for what they are and I didn't run into any flaws minor or major, and the levels are interesting enough to keep me playing, though not distracting me from the gameplay. The enemies all have something that is unique about them and all have different patterns, because of this the screen can become a cluster of enemies and bullets if you're not fast enough at clearing them out, so watch the shield regen.

Speaking of shield, missed enemies do come back so sometimes if you missed an enemy or two you won't have the opportunity to regenerate your shield in an area that otherwise would've been clear, so if this happens you'll be left in a situation where you're being attacked without shields, which adds to the intensity to the gameplay.

My only gripe with the game is that the bosses are too easy and too predictable, at least in the few first stages.

I recommend this game and shout-outs to senpai studios for giving me a free key for this game.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Classic shooting game right here!
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
So, I was gifted a copy of this from the developers publicist in exchange for a fair and honest review.

I've put about an hour into it so far, which given the nature of the game seems like a reasonable amount of time to draw some conclusions. I will update this review if I reach different conclusions later.

Anyway, this game seems fairly accessible at first. It is a pretty basic shmup that also later on features some lite bullet hell aspects. The actual movement of your ship is a little slow, and at first, your weapons arent very powerful either. However, as you gain credits via finishing missions and generally blowing stuff up, you can buy upgrades to your weaponry and shields that make this a bit more effective and a bit easier EXCEPT the games difficulty scales more quickly than you can upgrade, and so this actually becomes a pretty challenging game after the first couple missions. I'm level 7 right now and have wrapped up something like 8 or 10 missions so far. At this point, I'm dying pretty quickly even after my upgrades (which you can swap out between missions as well btw) and even though powerups are readily available. Still, I havent reached the point of frustration yet, as I feel the right combo of upgrades is really all it takes to get past the levels despite the fact that they seem scaled beyond your present capabilities as you progress.

As you level up, you also occasionally earn perks, which are basically permanent upgrades to your ship. There is actually a wide variety to choose from, so you will need to choose wisely here.

The graphics are pretty much on par with what you expect. They arent mind blowing, but they do look nice and fairly well represent the genre and the era the game hearkens back to. Speaking of....the music is also well in line with this. It gets a bit repetitive but still remains listenable throughout.

All told, I would normally give this about a 5.5 out of 10. However, the game is presently featured for under 30 cents, and it has trading cards as well, the value of which pretty much are equal to the cost of the game. So...despite the 5.5 out of 10, it's still pretty much a must own if you make use of the marketplace...and lets be real...for 30 cents or so, you will end up owning this at some point anyway.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
WOW! This game could also be called "Raptor II". A very faithful remake using Unreal Engine. Kudos for the developers!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
+ Retro, top down, arcade shooter
+ Mouse or keyboard gives you differing play style
+ Good weapon selection, actively makes you feel more powerful
+ Sound is decent with explosions and gunfire
+ You get rewards for partial level completion
+ Multiplayer options
+ Devs are addressing issues and making improvements

~ Enemies use the same attack patterns
~ Graphics are somewhat low-fi
~ Some bullet hell mixed in

- Sudden ramps in difficulty
- Random mouse lag in the menu screen

Full disclosure, was given a key to review the game. While top-downs were never my fave genre I'd sling a few quid into an arcade at the local chippy while waiting for my order and this game takes me right back. The retro graphics could use a polish but then it does capture the feel of arcades of the 2000's well. The mechanics and weapons are fun to try and every time you fly you progress.

Conclusion: 7/10. As a work in progress it's worth a budget price.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
This game is just.... awesome!

Bear with me now and let me explain. First of all the trailers on the store page dont do justice to the game at all. I bought this one by just looking at price.

Turns out it's as good or in some areas even better than Jets'n'Guns which is my favorite shooter. Did not expect this at all from such a simple looking shooter.

A bit about the mechanics: game has a leveling system and scrap (money) you get from doing missions, multiplayer battle challenges etc. With these goodies you buy new gear and in the spirit of Jets'n'Guns it is pretty much mandatory to test things out and find the best setups. Skirmish missions can be done if you wish to grind for some extra scrap. Configurations do matter as the Campaign start becoming harder bit by bit but the real test are the awesome battle chains where you or someone lays out a challenge to others in form of a level completion replay. Others will try to beat your score and you will see in a replay how they did it. Fun starts when someone rips the score so high you really have to think how will i beat this. You might need to re-think your setup to beat the score. (Your opponent see how many times you tried to beat his score so dont humiliate yourself too much by trying a strategy that just doesnt work) Eventually the score will climb very high as the same challenge is bounced back and forth until either side just gives up.

Multiplayer system is very good - though be warned that it is quite confusing to use at first. Check forums.
Game also sports a interesting notification system where you get a message to your steam notifications bar that someone has beaten your score and it's your turn to try to beat the opponents score.

In order to not just praise the game there is a bit of criticism too: Lack of feedback everywhere is annoying. menus are unresponsive for some time too yet not greyed out. In missions hitting targets does not yield much of reaction. i'd also like to see a bit more animation frames on certain enemies for a more flowing visual game experience. And just what are those really tiny white walkers that fire missiles at you? No big things but give a rough feeling to the game.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
In a planet where humans are against machines, you have to clear your way thou different areas, a nice short shoot'em game :) you can also equip your eagle (airplane) with different lasers, rockets, mini guns... nukes! etc... 8/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
A truly fantastic nostalgia trip back to the world of jet fighter games.

Had a brill run through on this game, got to Campaign +2 in about 10 hours, then went ahead and started challenging people. If anyone has played the SNES game Super Strike Gunner, then this game is for you, it feels exactly the same as SSG did when I played it all those years ago.

There are some very nice ideas in this game, the verses and battle modes where you can compete against players are very fun indeed, along with the customizing of your aircraft, perk system, leveling system and NG+, it does give the game some replay-ability, although when you reach later levels (20+), I found the game just turned into level-grinding to get those extra perk levels.

There are some arguably minor bad points I got from this however, the main one being how short the game actually is. While I personally don't mind a nice casual game to pass the time, a little more content and a more challenging difficulty would have helped a bit, (you can easily go straight to the highest difficulty setting and ace the game).

Another point I would like to mention is how easy the achievements are to get, while some may see this as a good thing, some hunters might not enjoy the lack of challenge in acquiring the full set of achievements, again though I think this is more about personal preference than anything.

Overall I was very happy with the game, even at full price I would have still bought this when it came under my radar, so 96% off was a total bargain for me. Putting the minor issues aside, I would recommend this game to anyone who enjoys a nice casual game of this genre without a doubt, especially if you enjoyed SSG and the like all those years ago.

In conclusion, my personal rating for Revolution Ace is :

8.5/10
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 12
Quick Summary
Traditional shmup with some (minimal) bullet hell gameplay

Purchase Verdict: Yes (When on sale and if this is your genre)

Points of Interest
-Hank

-It can sometimes be hard to determine the exact elevation of projectiles fired from ground units

-It can sometimes be hard to determine if there is a projectile on screen, due to conflicting projectile and environment textures

-Possibility of random crashes after finishing levels

-Dank Hank
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
best game in the world, you have to play it. it's better than gta 5. :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I got this on sale for $0.19. What you see in the store page screenshots, is what you get. If this type of game interest you, then this is hands down the best nineteen cents you can spend on Steam. It is easy to control, easy to learn, and easy to play, yet it is still very fun. Also, it is a kid friendly game if you want a game to play local co-op with your kids.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
The graphics are nice and the music while playing isn't annoying like in some games! I was first kind of skeptical but after playing it I found it to be very fun and quite addictive. I'd certainly suggest for anyone to give it a try.
Rated 10/10!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
A fun, well polished game. Try it!

Sadly not available on linux.
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