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4 Nov 2020

REVIEW: Rogue Aces Deluxe on PC (Steam)

Review By Jon Donnis
Rogue Aces Deluxe is an old school, old fashioned arcade game, this is the kind of game that back in the 90s you would walk into an arcade and spend all your coins on. The basic story is that you have joined a group called the "Rogue Aces" and your job is to the liberate some islands from "The Baron" and his army.

You have 3 planes which are basically your 3 lives for a mission, you take off from an aircraft carrier and have to complete short missions, usually be trying to shoot down enemy aircraft in dog fights, bombing enemy buildings and shooting rockets at tanks and other dangers on ground level. Once you have taken out your enemy you can take over their airfield. When you have taken too much damage, or used up your rockets and bombs, or even running low on fuel you just return to your aircraft carrier or a land base if you have captured one, and get fixed up, refuelled or top up your weapons, and before you know it you are back up in the air and taking out the bad guys.

As you would expect the missions start pretty easy and get progressively harder.


You can control your craft with a mixture of your mouse and the keyboard, or preferably with a controller, I tried both and found that the controller is best, although playing with the keyboard and mouse is perhaps not as hard as you would expect.

Taking off from the aircraft carrier is easy, landing however does take some practice, although there is an auto land option, which I embarrassingly have to admit I started to use as the manual landing does take some practice and skill.

This game has a few nifty tricks up it's sleeve too, for example if your ship explodes you eject and can parachute to the ground, try to avoid the enemy and survive and while falling you can drop grenades too, but also if you eject you can land in an enemy plane and steal it mid-air!

The game also has a multiplayer mode, with up to 4 player local death match modes.
In the death match modes there are some fun options whereby you can fire laser beams, use a flame thrower and so on.

The Good
This is a fun arcade game, that really took me back to my youth, standing in the arcade and spending all of my 10p coins.

Their is enough in the game to keep your playing for a while too.

The Bad
Nothing really that practice doesn't fix. 

Overall
Enjoyable game that ticks all the boxes.

I score this game 9/10

Review by Jon Donnis

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