Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron Takes Over Your Consoles From The Smartphones

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Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron

PS4™, XONE™, & Nintendo™ Switch – US & EU


  • Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron will be released on February 26, 2019, for US and EU regions.

  • Originally as a smartphone game, Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron ventures towards the console port versions specifically for PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

  • Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron is a shmup with an RPG-feels with its characters and airplane progression.


Avoid a swarm of bullets and face fearsome war machines in air battles and boss fights. Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron is a vertically scrolling shoot ‘em up with a fully-voiced narrative. Upgrade each member of your squadron with their personal skill tree and take on the Aces with up to three friends in epic 4-player local co-op battles.


Before we even talk about the game, it must be noted that any “the following persons and events are fictitious. Any resemblances to actual events or actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.” Perhaps some would associate the title of the game and some of its events are closely associated with the Nazis and World War II. But just to set things straight, it is just a spark of coincidence.

Moreover, Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron features four pilots in your squadron. It includes Mark Taylor (leader), Melissa Monroe (mechanic), John King (gunner), and Steve Davis (specialist). Each of these characters has its own flaws that can perhaps affect the game. So the success of the mission depends on how you go about each of their flaws.

Despite it being a shoot ’em up, the game’s characters and airplane progression are akin to an RPG level. Each of the levels comes in with five episodes. In every episode’s mission, you can also find sub-missions to complete. Some of these missions include providing supplies to Allied forces, rescuing soldiers that were trapped, and battling with U-boats.


  • Action packed shoot-’em-up with explosive special effects
  • Captivating storyline with fully voiced characters
  • Epic co-op multiplayer for up to four players
  • 25 new levels and exciting missions
  • Six brand new spectacular boss fights
  • Skill trees with new individual abilities for each wingman
  • Challenging achievement system
  • Creative haptics for gameplay and cutscenes
  • Epic, movie-like orchestral soundtrack







I’ve always been fond of shoot-em-ups whether it’s a classic or a fresh take on the genre, but the beauty of Aces of the Luftwaffe – Squadron is it’s ability to blend the two so seamlessly. Delivering the classic vertical shmup gameplay combined with a modern day skill tree that proves to be both fun and addictive. A fully voice acted cast of characters adds charm to the already great gameplay and well designed levels and bosses. There were a few framerate drops along the way and some relatively lengthy load times, but ultimately these are minor complaints when talking about how great the overall experience is. – NintendoWorldReport


Aces of the Luftwaffe – Squadron provides plenty of action as you do the standard thing of shooting anything onscreen while avoiding getting hit yourself, and variety is provided by squadron’s various troubles and the optional side missions. It’s fairly easy to begin with, but the challenge steadily increases as you progress without being too difficult – as long as you keep upgrading your skills, that is. Two additional difficulty settings provide a tougher challenge, and fun boss battles add to the enjoyment. With support for up to four players, Aces of the Luftwaffe – Squadron is a good pick for those seeking multiplayer shmup action. – NintendoLife

At first glance, Aces of the Luftwaffe – Squadron doesn’t seem to be much more than a solid shoot ‘em up with a cartoonish art style. It does add some little twists to the formula though, and, despite its minor performance issues, it delivers a fun arcade experience that fits perfectly on a handheld, and gets better with friends. – Switch Player


Light input lag and lengthy load times aside, Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron is an excellent party style shmup the likes of which are very rarely seen. In fact, no other shmup quite like it, in how multiplayer-centric it is, comes to mind. It may look rather simplistic, but it proves to be top notch in its game design, apart from the fact that the game is not quite as enjoyable in solo as it is in multiplayer. – Cubed3


Although it’s not up there with the best shoot ’em ups, Aces of the Luftwaffe: Squadron provides decent enough gameplay that can be enjoyed with up to four simultaneous players. If that sounds like fun then you surely won’t regret giving it a download. – Video Chums

Source: Metacritic
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