000830_largerSurprise! Sid Meier's Ace Patrol [Free], that turn-based WWI aerial combat game we talked about not too long ago, is now available on the US App Store for the low price of $0. What you get with that initial download is the first handful of missions in the British campaign, one of the four campaigns in the game. For a price, you can grab the rest of that one as well as the other campaigns.

There's some other IAP goodies being offered, too, including new skins and fighters, as well as a get-out-of-jail card, in case your fighter gets captured. I'm beyond tired of describing free-to-play systems, so check out our video to see them in action. Speaking of that, here it is:

Like most of Sid Meier's stuff, Ace Patrol is pretty rad. We've been digging it so far, free-to-play and all. Give it a look.

  • Reignmaker

    How about a real update to Civ Revolution instead of another freemium, 2K?

    • MidianGTX

      I understand "freemium" is something of an umbrella term, but it just doesn't feel right here. This is more of a lite version with full-game unlock IAP.

      • Karzay

        I think the term is "shareware."

      • PureRumble

        Oh it most certainly feels right here; if a pilot gets caught by the enemy then you either have to wait or pay real cash

        Good old nasty wait-or-pay freemium IAPs...

      • Mullet Guy

        That's not true. There are abilities which allow you to stop your ace getting captured and getting shot down results in a penalty against you of being without your ace for a few turns. Losing your ace is a gameplay mechanic, and you can pay to bypass it. It's more like a "pay to make the game easier" option than a "wait or pay" mechanic.

      • MidianGTX

        Yeah, we shot this rumour down a while ago in the forum thread.

  • Josh Dombro

    I like it, mostly. I played the first few missions as I was watching this and had some fun, but I know that's over soon... I understand that they need to make money somehow, but some of the iAPs seem gross. Thanks for the review guys, enjoyable as always.

  • famousringo

    The IAPs are fine, I'd say. $5 gets you access to all the campaigns, another $5 will get you a bunch of ace pilots with special abilities and skins, and some other IAPs basically let you cheat to get your pilots back if you mess up too much but don't want to quit the campaign.

    I only slapped down five bucks on the campaigns, but I find I just can't stop playing this game.

  • ODMay

    I got an app call GAME.minder and it showed that GTA San Andreas is coming to iOS and Android but it had no date.

  • speedyph

    I like what 2k is doin with freeuim it's fair

  • Jerutix

    This game looked okay in the video, but it plays amazing. I like the IAP model for unlocking campaigns - definitely shareware style. Definitely addicted.

  • b_money

    The short missions make it more of a pick-up-and-play than Civ Revolution was. I like it!

  • NickyNichols

    This is the kind of F2P game I love seeing on iOS. It gives you a hefty chunk of the game for free, and the game is so engrossing that you are almost certain to buy it, just because it is so good. Not because you have run out of blue diamonds, or because you don't want to wait for something to cool down and recharge.

  • grits

    Cool, looking forward to playing. Thanks for the video guys. I'm still little confused about how all the missions are the same regardless of what country you're playing. Can anyone explain that?

  • Curlew & Crane

    I wanted to play this on my 5th gen iPod touch but the lack of a digital compass in my device put paid to that. Firaxis' Haunted Hollow was the same. I just hope the upcoming XCom port doesn't share this feature.

  • banjankri

    Much to like about this game, but there's a real lack of attention and polish to the interface. Menus are all low-res, as are map elements.

    Gameplay is addictive enough that I might yet buy some stuff anyhow, but it feels like it was rushed out the door before finishing touches were put on it.

  • Tony Zhang

    This game is very Good. - Apps Goer

  • theundertow

    Good game so far - bit of a learning curve...I accidentally landed one of my planes during a battle and she got captured.

  • HatfulOfHollow

    Lack of detailed explanations for manoeuvre attributes and poor interface notwithstanding it's a fun game. If you're a fan of Steambirds I recommend giving it a go. The shareware model gets a thumbs up from me as well. I don't think it's freemium at all. It's like getting the first chapter of Wolfenstein 3D or Doom, by the end of it you'll know whether you want to pay for the rest of the game. The other IAPs are vanity and essentially paying for cheat codes or trainers and non-essential. The penalties for failing and such are fair in my eyes.

  • Morgan01

    Fun and enjoyable game. However, it does have a " nickel and dime" feeling to it. A little disheartening having to dig trough forums just to understand the IAP model.