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.
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Mixed (41 reviews) - 56% of the 41 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (1,390 reviews) - 72% of the 1,390 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 19, 2014

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

“addictive...ingenious....I truly enjoyed Revolution Ace”

“The great core gameplay is all there”

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.

  • 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

    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or greater
    • Processor: 2.0+ GHZ Dual Core Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB Video Card
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Supported Sound Card
    • Graphics: Video Card with Shader Model 3 support
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3.8 hrs
Posted: September 20
Highly recommended! :)
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 2
bad game
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1.5 hrs
Posted: September 1
I love this game!!! Really puts me in mind of an arcade game i used to play all the time when i was little (skyshark) think what it was called
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 30
" lol " ...really?
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0.2 hrs
Posted: August 29
couldnt ever play for a minute
when i open then all i see is not responding

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Waffle King
3.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
Yes, I'm Looking For Some Computer Games? Something Like Solitaire? Maybe Pong? Do You Have Pong?
- An Official Waffle King Review

~Find more here.

Steam is home to an abundance of all sorts of games. Almost everything conceivable can be found there, from the latest big budget title to the most niche girls with cat ears hentai clicker game.

While some titles can slip through the cracks, Steam's major sales can always bring some interesting things to the surface for pretty cheap. The Steam bargain bin is kinda like a box of chocolates though. There's good, there's bad, and the doctors say if I have any more they'll take my foot. And sometimes, there's stuff like Revolution Ace.

Does your dad like to play the computey games? Maybe your grandpa? Do they talk about all the Japs they killed in The War? Are modern games too hard for them? Have them play this. They'll love it.

Revolution Ace is an old-school shoot-em-up, in the same vein as classics like Raptor or Tyrian. Or like Xevious, you probably know what Xevious is. Space Invaders. Pew-pew? The games they used to play on big ♥♥♥♥ing stove-♥♥♥ things. Not a hard concept to visualize.

You steer a ship around an auto-scrolling level and shoot incoming enemies. Sometimes you get power-ups, sometimes you don't. The communists would love to promise you power-ups guaranteed for everyone, but they're full of ♥♥♥♥. Commie ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥s. Revolution Ace is a decent shoot-em-up for a semi-modern take on MS-DOS classics, though somewhat slower paced than most.

Not particularly original, as most of it is a revisiting of elements from older classic shooters, shooters that are freeware you can literally just download for free somewhere. But people love retro, that's totally cool. Most indie games are just rehashed retro games anyway, right? They got the jumping, the shooting, and all the stuff you used to play on your old Nintendo computer game system. Same thing, right? Just like grandpa used to play. Only he played in real life, and killed real people. Ha ha, good old gramps.

Touting full 3D environments and all the marvels of modern graphics, complete with Unreal Engine power and real water physics simulation, Revolution Ace looks great. They put all those fancy words in the game description, just like a real AAA game. It definitely looks more modern and recent than any older shooter, which is really just common sense. It's not playing on a ♥♥♥♥ing calculator display. Of course it's going to look better. But there in comes the biggest gripe I had with the game.

None of it is necessary, none of it improves the core gameplay, and at times it actually detracts from the experience. You don't need to put a pound of sprinkles on a cracker with some whipped cream on it. They won't all fit, and you won't even be able to see the cracker. And who the ♥♥♥♥ would put whipped cream on a cracker in the first place? There's no reason for that. There's no excuse. It really feels like their priorities were a little backwards.

Bullets are near indistinguishable from the background on certain maps, the Call of Duty color palette melding together into a mess of movement that's almost dizzying at times. Sometimes entire enemies, or your own ship even, will get lost amid all the action on screen. There's just too much going on, everywhere, all the time. I don't mind the fancy backgrounds, but something to make the things you should actually be keeping your eye on more pronounced from the environment would've been really helpful. A more stylized approach probably would've went over a lot better.

Revolution Ace's odd graphical quirks don't stop at its overly obnoxious backgrounds though. There's multilevel enemy placement, with certain enemies in the air, and certain ones on the ground. Different buttons will be your ground attack and air attack, so you need to make sure you know what you're aiming at. Which is kind of a ♥♥♥♥♥ when you can't differentiate what is what.

Do you know the difference between a boat and a ship? Now imagine that same boat and ship, the exact same size, with almost no way to differentiate 3D space. That way, if you're fighting over a very plain ocean backdrop, they can still confuse you. Gotta make sure you're frustrated somehow. It's something you get used to, but a graphical oversight nonetheless.

The game's graphical issues reach their height of absolute exasperation in the multiplayer modes, which shrinks everything down for split-screen action. There's just too much happening on screen and not enough room to display it all, especially when the backgrounds make seeing interactable objects as hard as it already does.

I was able to work past the odd graphical design choices, but even then it's not a particularly great shoot-em-up. The slower pace is alright at first, but levels become a complete slog as you progress. The bizarre RPG elements don't quite fit. Upgrading and customizing your ship, I'm down with. Raptor had that, Tyrian had that. But the sluggish leveling and upgrading system in Revolution Ace almost requires you to go back and play older levels purely to grind for experience to unlock more weapon slots.

Enemies can take a surprising amount of bullets for a shoot-em-up, so you're gonna be stuck letting waves of enemies fly right past you because it's impossible to take them down without sitting directly in their line of fire for a few precious seconds. After the early levels, the enjoyment factor drops significantly. There's a substantial hurdle before the game becomes enjoyable again, and even then it requires a ton of grinding in a game that really didn't need this kind of system in the first place.

It's really not a bad game, just a significantly flawed game. It definitely tries its best, but ultimately falls flat and generally feels a little uninspired and dull. The multiplayer mode is a fun little twist, but suffers from the rest of the game's faults and can't really pull the rest of the experience up. Plus it's a game I bought for a nickel on Steam, the servers aren't exactly lit.

I can't help but feel like they really just screwed themselves over with the biggest market that would actually pay for that game, and that's old people. There's too many bright colors and that hurts their eyes, they can't play this. They're gonna drop this faster than folks drop at the retirement center. They're gonna go back to playing cards and staring wistfully out windows at autumn trees shedding their leaves, taking in the subtle symbolic nature of death and renewal. And how much they hate the kids these days.

Our view will pan to the lone leaf fluttering in the breeze, shaking loose and blowing away while they blissfully slip into a sleep they'll never wake from. They're dead. The caretaker will discover them in the morning when they go to sweep the dust off of them, and they will say "Oh well".

That's how I feel about this game. Oh well.

Oh well.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Decent Shooter game.
The pace is moderate playable
unlike many shooters that leaves you little to nil breathing room.

The Battle Chain system is quite interesting where out of no where, you find yourself in a challenge with someone back and fro vying for score to overtake.

Upon exceeding level 16,
the game would get more fluid and enjoyable with the elite weaponaries.

Occassionally freezes my screen and crash out of the game especially in Battlechain mode tho.
But overall it works fine.

Had more fun in this than the others in the Hyperspace Pack.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
It is really quite good. Has more gamemodes than expected. Kickass soundtrack. Cheap as gum. 8/10 GET IT!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
Really cool!
Old times Arcade Style Action.
Totally worths every cent as it delivers old school feel & action. I recommend it since there are fewer games like this one left and the devs have worked on it, it feels nice!
Buy it, won't regret if you're into oldies but goldies style games.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
A fun game and for the price it's a bargain.
Though it gets way too grindy after the first playthrough (for my taste - as you need to replay each mission about 20 times to get enough money for a new weapon once you have reached the +1 tier)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
77 of 87 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2015
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.

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

-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

If you long for a Tyrian or Raptor styled game and have played out the old classics, get this.
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76 of 102 people (75%) found this review helpful
115 people found this review funny
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 13, 2015
Got this game on my debit card for 19 cents. Bank account got frozen for suspicious activity 10/10
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55 of 69 people (80%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
75.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 5, 2015
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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27 of 29 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11, 2015
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.

  • Upgrades system
  • Interactive environments
  • Interesting air vs ground mechanics
  • Great multiplayer
  • Frame rate issues
  • Bullets tend to blend in with the background
  • Lasts maybe a bit longer than it needs to
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36 of 45 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
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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26 of 30 people (87%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
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.

-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.

-A bit tough at the beginning on killing enemies, but at least it walks you through on situations.
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