Immelmann your way to victory in Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol for iOS

After check­ing out PocketTactic’s piece on the lim­ited (to Canada) release of a new Sid Mei­er game, I thought I’d take a little time tonight and check out Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol for iOS, espe­cially there’s not a lot of game info either on 2K’s page (they’re the pub­lish­er) nor on FireAxis’s page (they’re the developer).

Basic­ally Ace Patrol is a turn based World War I air com­bat game — in the style of the old Avalon Hill games from late in the last cen­tury. You move your air­craft a hex or two at a time dur­ing your turn, maybe shoot­ing, and then your oppon­ent does the same.

Actu­ally Ace Patrol kinda reminds me of Richthofen’s War in some of the mis­sions and turn mech­an­ics.

Unlike Richtofen’s War, turn pro­gress hap­pens much quick­er with mis­sions unfold­ing in a cam­paign sequence mir­ror­ing major battles of The Great War.

I’m not going to write a full-up review as the world-wide release of the game doesn’t hap­pen until May 9th. For some reas­on, the Canada iTunes store was selec­ted to test-launch the title so is avail­able there cur­rently. So I’ll  just touch on a few of the things I found inter­est­ing about my brief play with the game.

  • Jaunty music — I rather liked the soundtrack. Cool music and, if you stay on the store or oth­er stat­ic menus, you hear some sort of avi­ation back­ground chat­ter and noise after the music ends.
  • Good graph­ics — the air­craft are kinda car­toony, but over­all it works. The map is rendered nicely and the anim­a­tions are pretty smooth.
  • User Inter­face — the 3d rota­tion around your air­craft and the battle is intu­it­ive and essen­tial to under­stand­ing what’s hap­pen­ing in the fly­ing furball of com­bat.
  • Four nations and cam­paigns — An abridged Brit­ish cam­paign comes free with the game. The com­plete Brit­ish cam­paign and three oth­ers are avail­able as in-app pur­chases.
  • The turn-based move­ment mech­an­ic forces you to think a few turns ahead and attempt to anti­cip­ate the flow of battle.
  • Single and multi-play­er through turn han­doff or loc­al net­work play.

So yeah, to sum­mar­ize, Ace Patrol is fun, and yeah, I’ll be play­ing it quite a bit more, and per­haps invest­ing in some of the addi­tion­al con­tent through the in-app pur­chases.

Whoops! Almost for­got the price break­down of  some of the in-app pur­chases, fol­lowed by a cool game­play video ( 20+ minutes!)

 

The ‘best music player ever’ gets hardware

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Tech­Crunch is report­ing that Song­bird has a hard­ware deal with Philips — Bundled With Mil­lions Of Port­able MP3 Play­ers

Don’t count Song­bird out yet. The open source media play­er that’s increas­ingly pos­i­tion­ing itself as an altern­at­ive to Apple’s iTunes has forged a deal with glob­al elec­tron­ics maker Philips. Under the agree­ment, which will be announced later today at CES, Songbird’s soft­ware will come bundled with the Philips line of GoGear port­able music play­ers, avail­able world­wide.

Nice to see Song­bird con­tin­ue to grow…hey, where’d that cloud behind the bird’s butt go?

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I get a new label

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Accord­ing to this art­icle on Mar­ket­ing­Daily, I’m a Techfluential…though I could be a bit ‘old’ 🙂

Tech­no­logy and elec­tron­ics mar­keters may want to begin 2010 tar­get­ing a small but influ­en­tial group of con­sumers who have some undue weight when it comes to influ­en­cing the pur­chases of oth­ers.

Accord­ing to Dav­id Krajicek, man­aging dir­ect­or of tech­no­logy with GfK Cus­tom Research North Amer­ica, this group of “tech­flu­en­tials” is made up of highly con­nec­ted indi­vidu­als (index­ing mostly under 30) who like to share their opin­ions about products that make their lives easi­er.

Or am I just an opin­ion­ated guy that likes to talk tech?

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Full Moon setting on Wednesday morning

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I man­aged to cap­ture this shot in Emily Murphy park, on my way to work. I do like shoot­ing the Moon when it nears the hor­iz­ion.

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More fun with Lego and YouTube — Lego Matrix

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Just a clip of the amaz­ing bul­let-dodge rooftop scene, but extremely well done.

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