Snoopy Flying Ace Reviews

  • LimafoxtrotLimafoxtrot300,670
    09 Jun 2010 23 Jun 2010
    19 0 2
    The Concept:
    Take an arcade flying shooter and apply Peanuts characters and sense of humor.
    The Result: A fun arcade game well worth the 800 points. Game play is fun and fast paced with a set of single player missions that loosely form as story around Snoopy’s dreams of being and WWI flying ace and taking on the Red Baron. The missions can be done alone or in local or online co-op.

    Add in a dose of fast paced multi-player set on the various single player maps and you have an all-around fun game. Multi-player has some basic modes like death match, team death match, and capture-the-flag. Throw in a unique football based mode and dog bone mode, which amounts to a game of keep-away and you have a nice set of multi-player modes.

    Gameplay:
    Flight controls are fairly easy to pick up. One stick controls movement while the other allows for special moves like barrel rolls and loops. Planes are divided into 3 groups – light, medium, and heavy – which determine your speed handling and ability to take damage. In single player you play as Snoopy, but in multi-player you can chose from among the Peanuts gang or use your Avatar as your pilot.

    Each plane can equip two special weapons that you unlock over the course of the single player campaign. These will give you an alternate fire mode that packs more punch than the standard gun. Options range from homing missiles (leach and comet rockets) to sticky bombs (tarpedos) to mines (squitos and BAMs). Ammo and health both regenerate over time, so if you can escape the action you’ll heal up and the guns will cool of so you can re-enter the fray.

    Graphics:
    Among the best in out there in Arcade games. The graphics bring to life the Peanuts gang. The plane models look great and have a decent variety in look to the around 20 options available. There is a cartoon quality to the style; however the whole package is well rendered.

    Achievements:
    Fairly easy overall. The multi-player ranks will require time, but rank up seems fairly fast. Most everything else is easy to get with a little practice. The single player ones can be done co-op, single player, or in a mix. There are also two awards – four if you count men's and women's versions of the outfits - a Charlie Brown shirt and a Red Baron suit. (EDIT: There are also some gamer picts I've unlocked in MP but I'm not sure what these are tied to.)
    4.0
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    zombiemasher1Yes, it is a great game, but i find some of the single player achievements for gold medals frustrating. Good game though!
    Posted by zombiemasher1 on 22 Jun 10 at 23:16
    LimafoxtrotThey can be frustrating - my biggest advice is to do them co-op (except maybe the ring race ones). Basically to get all the medals you need to not die on them. It seemed you could do all the other objectives on the list, but if you died you would not get all three ribbons.

    Full disclosure - I was also lucky enough to have a friend who could flawlessly save the birds, so I mostly flew in circles while he did the dirty work.
    Posted by Limafoxtrot on 23 Jun 10 at 12:18
  • YoungSpicyBoyYoungSpicyBoy201,283
    05 Jul 2010
    5 0 0
    Snoopy Flying Ace for the Xbox LIVE arcade is based on the Peanuts franchise but takes a slightly different approach than the TV show we all know and love. The game is a sequel to the 2006 game Snoopy versus the Red Baron, which features Snoopy fighting in World War 1.
    800 Msp.

    Now, I'm gonna be honest here. The only reason I bought this game was because my friend insisted that I do, claiming it was the best arcade game and the best investment on the LIVE arcade. Now, these claims had to have some merit to them, so I decided to take the plunge and download the game. Twenty minutes later, I was experiencing Snoopy Flying Ace.

    For a ten dollar arcade game, this one delivers big time. Not only does Snoopy feature a fully functioning (and highly addicting) multi-player mode, but also a single player, or co-op, campaign. The campaign can be played locally with a friend or over Xbox LIVE. It can be beaten in around two hours, which is saying something for an arcade game. You will also be playing it a lot more if you're a completionist going for gold medals.

    Campaign 7/10

    Now, once you've had your fill of campaign, it's time to take to the skies for the first time (and most definitely not the last time) Multi-player has some customization features as well. You can choose your own plane from fifteen different options, as well as choose your pilot from a few Peanuts characters, or fly as your very own avatar.

    The game includes a ranking system which you will seek to dominate if you wish to complete the game. Chalk it up with earning level 70 in Modern Warfare 2 in terms of difficulty. The online modes range from Dogfight, which is equivalent to free for all, Team Dogfight, Capture the Flag, Pigskin, which is equivalent to King of the Hill, and a few other unique game modes. There are over 15 secondary weapons for you to choose from to arm yourself with as you do battle, ranging from EMP blasts to Shotgun rounds.

    Multi-player 9/10

    Now onto some of the games aesthetic aspects. The visuals are more than up to scratch for an arcade game, very visually pleasing. I found myself being distracted by the Eiffel Tower in the middle of a dogfight and soaring over the Sphinx of Egypt. Your aerial battles will take you across many different beautiful environments. This is only made better by the games soundtrack, which features instrumentals and vintage WW1 sounds.

    Visuals & Sound 7.5/10

    Okay, wafflers, I know you've been waiting for this part. Bad news, though. Snoopy Flying Ace is not a quick 200 by a longshot. Be prepared to play a lot of multi-player if you hope to complete this one. However, if you do reach the coveted Flying Ace rank on Xbox LIVE, you will feel pretty accomplished.

    Achievements 6/10

    Final Word

    Now, so far you could say I have nothing but good things to say about Snoopy Flying Ace. And you would be right, I have wracked my brain searching for a fault hidden amidst the immersive multi-player and entertaining co-op campaign, and my search for some small error has come up with no results. Snoopy Flying Ace for the Xbox LIVE arcade is everything it claims to be, does not pretend to be something else, and does everything better than I could have asked for. Hands down the best arcade game I have ever bought, an amazing investment. I urge you to play it at least once, you won't be dissapointed.

    Overall rating: I give Snoopy Flying Ace a 9 out of 10.
    5.0