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Strike Aces

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
65
4.0
DOS
78
...
ZX Spectrum
...
4.0
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Description

Strike Aces is a flight simulator designed to give players a feel for the quick decision-making process that real pilots need to fly. It takes place at the Strategic Air Command Bombing and Navigation Competition, a real-life event that occurs every year at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. The best aircrews from around the world and some of the best aircraft come to participate in a series of three missions that are constantly monitored, with points awarded to aircrews in various categories. In the end, the aircrew that has gained the post points receives the Curtis E. LeMay trophy.

In this game, you are the pilot of one of these aircrews with a choice of flying one of six aircraft, and your missions will pit you against any of seven additional enemy aircraft (although you will not get to fly them). To practice flying, you can do a Free Flight; when you're ready to compete, you will get to complete a series of 16 missions. You can also design your own missions, if you like.

Screenshots

Strike Aces Commodore 64 Title screen
Strike Aces Amiga Air-To-Air refueling
Strike Aces Amiga The mission description screen for the US release
Strike Aces Amiga Satellite view

Alternate Titles

  • "Strike Aces: International Bombing Competition" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Fighter Bomber" -- European title
  • "Bomber" -- Working title

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The Press Says

The Games Machine (UK) DOS Nov, 1989 91 out of 100 91
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Apr, 1990 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Format Amiga Apr, 1990 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 85 out of 100 85
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 775 out of 1000 78
Amiga Joker Amiga Mar, 1990 61 out of 100 61
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1990 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Commodore 64 Mar, 1990 54 out of 100 54
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Commodore 64 Jun, 1991 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50

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Trivia

Bugs

The Commodore 64 version is bugged - seeing another plane in it is a rare occurrence.

Developer's message

The first Amiga disk (from the Activision release) contains the following message from the authors of the game to all potential crackers:

Hello Hacker, before you start ripping into this game please remember that you are destroying the Amiga and the jobs that are associated with it. We've spent over a year on this product and obviously want to make loads of money so if you do crack it (very easily, its THAT easy protection) then don't release it, Thank You.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #7 Best Simulator Game in 1990 (Atari ST)
Trivia also contributed by B.L. Stryker
Contributed to by B.L. Stryker (20702), psychofish (854), Christian Klein (5790) and Martin Smith (63134)