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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Mostly Positive (54 reviews) - 77% of the 54 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Mostly Positive (1,434 reviews) - 72% of the 1,434 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Mar 19, 2014

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

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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.

  • 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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
This is a fantastic little shmup. It's not the prettiest to look at game - think classic 1942 with some modern varnish - nor is it the longest experience. But for under $2.00 (and even less when on sale!) you really can't fault it for that.

Gameplay wise, it's awesome. Not too challenging as bullet hell style games go, but hard enough to keep you coming back to master the enemy patterns. Good variety of weapons upgrades and perks that allow you to customize your playstyle, and to provide impetus to keep gaining XP and scrap (the game's currency.)

New Game Plus modes exist (I've beaten it twice now, so I'm up to +2... not certain if there's another tier beyond those or not) and do provide a stiffer challenge, with more, toughter, more well equiped enemies. And beaten levels, along with a smattering of unique courses, can be replayed in Skirmish mode with persistent XP and scrap across both it and the campaign mode.

There's online play too, but I don't get into that personally so it's beyond the scope of this review.

Fantastic game for the price. Really scratches that "I need a retro style shmup to grind in" itch! I liken it to Gradius meets 1942 and Xevious.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Many dubious elements make this game to be far from correct:

User interface is not very good: very little text font and not very well situated armor, shield and combo panels. Shop could have separate windows for air, ground, shield and superweapons, and show you precisely how the weapon works in another window. Instead of this, you have the not very handsome shopkeeper looking at you.

Inicial firepower is ridiculous. Enemies gather on screen even on later stages.

Has two separate buttons for air and ground shotting. This is the worst idea ever! At minimum firepower it becomes frustrating: you shoot at the ground, air enemies get you; you shot at the air, ground enemies overflow you with bullets. There are even some bosses which can only be hit by ground weapons, which have usually the less damage.

Game probably expects you to grind money for weapons.

Enemies and scenaries seem to repeat themselves instead of being separated by theme or appearance. The result is monotonous levels, all of them very alike.

Bullet patterns from enemies and bosses do not seem to be very polished. There are moments where you will simply take damage whatever you do.

Enemy waves do not seem to have a lot of thought behind them. They seem random and sometimes they stay on screen until they are destroyed, whith at early levels can create an extremely tough situation.

Sometimes the game zooms in and you have less space to dodge bullets with no apparent reason. Also, when the screen turns ninety degrees it doesn't look very dinamic or game-like.

Your ship is not very pretty.

Story is just some scattered paragraphs.

Yes, this game is cheap. But mainly it lacks some more mind work on its gameplay.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
Dunno if it was worthy 4 hours of my life. Paid 50 cents. 4 hours to finish. I think I would have more fun doing the dishes in some stages...

Terrible balance. All weapons are bad. Load up on the starter machine gun on every slot and GG More Dakka!
"Spiritual sucessor to Raptor" yeah. They copied the enemy AI of a game made 20 years ago...
Buy it when discounted IF you are into kusoge or played every SHMUP around.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
Is it free of cost , srsly IDC and I hate it , better to watch a +++++++ ♥♥♥♥♥
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76 of 86 people (88%) 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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51 of 65 people (78%) 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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37 of 46 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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45 of 63 people (71%) found this review helpful
119 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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4.4 hrs
Posted: October 23
Raiden II style verical shooter
perfect simple gameplay
beautiful graphics
powerups galore
1 dollar
online coop
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0.5 hrs
Posted: October 15
If you like old school top down shooters, you'll like this game. They introduce some light RPG elements to give the game some depth, something this genre lacks. It's a solid 7/10 and well worth your money.
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Stilton Cheese HD
2.1 hrs
Posted: October 15
Decided to play the game again. And it's actually a good game.
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8.1 hrs
Posted: October 4
It's actually a reasonably fun old school game if you like that sort of thing, although it is pitched at a hard level, you can play the campaign in easy and earn scrap for upgrades to your ship there. Once you get some serious upgrades to your ship it becomes more playable as well.

On the down side AVG didn't like their launcher and the game crashes or locks regularly on W10 64 bit. For the price it's ok though, I had a bit of light fun with it.
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7.1 hrs
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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0.2 hrs
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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