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:
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Mixed (59 reviews) - 69% of the 59 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Mostly Positive (1,238 reviews) - 72% of the 1,238 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”
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
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Windows Supported Sound Card
    Recommended:
    • Graphics: Video Card with Shader Model 3 support
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Mixed (59 reviews)
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Mostly Positive (1,238 reviews)
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Arakis
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
A surprisingly flat entry in the bullet hell genre. Even though it only costs $1.99, I'm wishing I'd kept the money, I honestly had more fun crafting badges than I did playing this. Ikaruga or Luftrausers would be a far better choice.
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Junkyard
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Just bought it by chance in the Steam sale - seriously? Lots of bang for your buck - literally!
Great memories of Games like 1944 come to mind, it plays smooth and is fun.

Really worth the money in my opinion - you can't go wrong. A hidden Gem!
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CrazieVegie
( 1.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Too fast-paced even in normal mode
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Foggy Dreamer
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 23
"Revolution Ace" is a great indie shoot 'em up similar to the classic "Raptor: Call of the Shadows". You fit your ship with a number of weapons to battle hordes of air and ground targets. Collect scraps to upgrade your weapons and gain experience to level up and learn perks for additional bonuses.

Its core gameplay is by no means unique, but "Revolution Ace" executes the concept well. The variety of weapons, specials and armor allow for different playstyles. The different game modes allow single player, two player co-op, versus and online battles. The difficulty can be adjusted to suit both hardcore gamers and newbies to the genre.

The graphics are fairly good, with interesting explosion and water effects. The music generally suits the mood. Not much in terms of story, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing for a shoot 'em up.

Overall, I would recommend it to any player looking for a well made shoot 'em up game.
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gartheastwood
( 14.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 18
You cannot beat this for the price. I love this even though I'm not a great lover of SHMUPs, I had my fill of those in the C64 / Amiga SHMUPs pendemia days of the 85 - 90. Except for cutesy platformers, there wasn't a lot else!

This looks good, plays good, sounds good and isn't even overly stupid with the 10,000,000 bullets of screen hell we so often see today. And the buying new weapons, upgrades etc as you go adds incentive to play another level through!

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Bottom Fragger
( 113.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
It's ok I guess.
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not a heister
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 12
reminds me of those games you find in arcade cabinets

pretty much is but you dont have to pay $1 every time you lose
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Unicorn Lick Ass Pride-Man
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 10
Have you ever dreamed of being a fighterpilot? Do you want to feel the wind under your wings as you unleash mighty weapons upon your enemies? Are you prepared to fight for your country, your ancestors and your honour?! Don't have the money to buy a AAA game?

Then Revolution Ace is the game you are looking for! HUUUUUOOHHH!!!
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♛ ONE clutchMEISTER ♛
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
Can`t start the game.. The only thing I see is:

OUT OF RANGE
93,8 kHz / 75 Hz


If someone can help i will be very greatfull !!!
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 4
In any argument regarding Revolution Ace, one conclusion stands unavoidably unequivocal: Revolution Ace is revolutionary and acey. Those operating under the seemingly innocuous misapprehension that the game is a boring rip-off of Raptor should endeavor to be more critical when allowing information of dubious provenance to consume their valuable and scarce intracranial space.
(credit: ArgYou - Win Arguments with Style)
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
71 of 81 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

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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70 of 93 people (75%) found this review helpful
97 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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50 of 64 people (78%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

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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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2015
Raptor: Call of the Shadows. Sounds familiar?

Well, that's not it. But this game did its best to borrow from the classics. Sometimes it even feels like it's almost there.
Worth seeing.

10/10 for the effort & nostalgy
8/10 for the game itself.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

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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35 of 49 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2015
Plays like a bad ripoff of Raptor on a newer engine and somehow makes 3d look worse. Feels really lazy. Enemies have basically the same attack patterns as the original few levels of Raptor and even the bosses are copied. Got it on special and still regret it.
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33 of 47 people (70%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2015
Revolution Ace was an interesting attempt to build a shmup in the Unreal Engine, which was not at all designed for the purpose. The resulting game isn't a disaster, but neither is it a compelling success.

The appeal of shmup games typically comes from hectic action; your weapons are typically devastating, killing the weakest foes in one hit, and your fire rate is intense. Challenge in a shmup typically comes not from any deficiency of your avatar, but the sheer numbers of enemies it sends at you, the intensity of their fire, and the speed at which they move.

Revolution Ace departs radically from that standard shmup formula. You and the majority of your foes move slowly, even sluggishly. Your weapons are uncharacteristically weak, requiring a good second or so of concentrated fire to take down most normal opponents, who are comparatively few in number. Instead of a hyperkinetic frenzy of ducking and weaving through enemy fire while opponents explode in dramatic fireballs all around you, Revolution Ace feels more like a slow, stubborn push through the enemy forces, hoping to make it through to the final boss before your armor is depleted.

The addition of true 3D modeling, switchable air/ground fire and recharging shield to the genre are interesting, but don't really make up for the loss of the speed and destructiveness that is the hallmark of this style of gameplay.
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