Aces of the Luftwaffe

This free-to-play shooter is even better with new night time battles and a skilled new pilot

You might not think that the shoot-em-up genre and the free to play business model would mix all that well. Yet somehow German developer has crafted a shmup called Aces of the Luftwaffe that is both fun and free. Set during World War II and featuring a charming retro art style, Aces will instantly appeal to fans of the genre and especially Capcom’s classic 194X series of shooters.

Handy Games has just updated Aces of the Luftwaffe with loads of new content and fixes. Head past the break for a trailer and our full impressions of the new content.

New Campaign: Night Over Europe

Aces of the Luftwaffe Night Over Europe

To play the new campaign, you’ll need to plunk down 750 medals (the game’s currency). If you’re new to the game or just don’t have that much scratch, you’ll need to either grind for a while or make an In-App Purchase to afford the set. The medal packages are actually pretty cheap, so at least you won’t have to break the bank if you’re dying to try the new content.

Like the three previous batches of levels, ‘Night Over Europe’ includes three full levels and a boss stage. These levels take place at dusk and at night, giving them a unique look compared to past stages. You’ll encounter a fair number of ghost enemies – glowing planes who fill the screen with bullets and can withstand more than their share of firepower.

All of the enemies in ‘Night Over Europe’ put up a mean fight, in fact. Shoot-em-ups are a challenging genre in general. Shmup fans often prefer a sadistic level of challenge.

Those guys will feel right at home in 4-3 when having to navigate between mine fields while dodging enemy fire. The catch is that if you shoot a mine very much (you can’t move without firing) it will explode in a hail of bullets. The dense minefield and mass of enemies can make mincemeat of even a fully upgraded plane. At least the game allows players to purchase a single extra life should they go down – for 100 medals.

‘Night Over Europe’ culminates in a battle against the less than friendly Commander Meiler. His plane fills the screen with bullets, though skilled players should be able to weave through most of them. Meiler also has a tendency to leave the screen and then fly at the hero from behind.

New Pilot: Tykers

Aces of the Luftwaffe Tykers

Should the new levels or past ones prove too challenging, the new pilot might help. Tykers flies the P-59 plane, which can be unlocked for 400 medals. After purchasing him, players can use Tykers in any level of their choosing.

Tykers essentially acts as the game’s “easy” mode. His upgradable abilities make his plane smaller and harder to hit and even provide a health boost when enemy bullets almost graze the plane. It should be fun to replay levels with the P-59 and see how it performs compared to the other two planes Aces currently offers.

Take to the skies

Free to play games are tough to get right due to their need to entice players into spending money. Aces of the Luftwaffe never puts too much pressure on the player to spend, though it does require a lot of grinding for plane upgrades. Shooting game fans looking for challenge and replay value should have a blast.

Handy Games tells us that another content update is already in the works!

 
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good game so far

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rkcmd says:

I just wish they have cloud saves... :(

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Please tell me you're not playing AS the luftwaffe during WWII. Really?

snppr22 says:

I had the same thought, turns out the developers simply picked a poor title.

From the description in the Play Store:

YOU have to show what you’re made of as the war over Europe is in full swing.
Fight waves of Axis planes and panzers until you hit the boss enemies – the ACES OF THE LUFTWAFFE.
★★★★★ “Can’t stop playing, too much fun!”
★★★★★ “Finally a REAL challenge.”
✪✪✪ THE STORY ✪✪✪
It is the darkest hour for England. The Axis are sending their best into the Battle of Britain, and only a handful of brave pilots are left to destroy them. Get into your war plane and don’t let go of the trigger before each and every enemy has been blown out of the skies! But even if you vanquish the notorious Aces of the Luftwaffe, are you prepared to take the fight to the mainland?
Will YOU foil the occult plans of the Luftwaffe to spread darkness over England?

What is wrong with playing as the Luftwaffe? I would have liked it if they had. Kinda like frozenfront.