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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