Rogue Aces is a 1940’s arcade shooter available on the Nintendo eShop for a minimal fee. It’s a game by Infinite State Games and published by Curve Digital. Getting those small bits out of the way, what’s it all about? In Rogue Aces, you take control of a 1940’s aeroplane, armed to the teeth with bullets, rockets and bombs. Not just for display, these are the tools required for causing mayhem on nearby islands. Your task is a simple one: destroy enemy personnel, vehicles and buildings through liberation. The core game is the campaign mode. There are around 100 randomised missions set across procedurally generated islands offering plenty of variety. At the beginning of the game, you will start on an aircraft carrier, controlling one of three planes. Once all three planes blow up, it’s game over. Alternatively, if your pilot dies, that’s it also. Earn your wings Controls are pretty straightforward. The left analogue stick controls where your plane will go and the right stick is for throttle. From take-off to landing, the controls are intuitive unless you’re an ace pilot, you will often crash into cliff faces, the sea or eat the dirt. After a short time, you’ll soon be familiar with how to stay in the air. These planes are an expensive piece of kit, so the powers that be want to ensure you know how to fly this thing. Complete a series of tutorials, and you can fly until your heart’s content. Not all of the training levels are necessary, but I’d suggest it. Learning how to eject efficiently later helps with the gameplay. For the primary campaign mode, you have the three planes I mentioned – they’re all the same, but you can consider them as your lives. There are no credits, so when you’re dead; you’re dead. To keep the plane going, you’ll need to refuel or get it repaired on the aircraft carrier, but there will be times when you’ll get shot down. To survive, you will need to eject and learn how to steal other planes. In mid-air! Also worth mentioning, there isn’t any air collision detection in Rogue Aces. You can fly through formations without taking any damage (other than the bullets). I found myself flying directly into a formation and hitting the bomb button. It worked. Additionally, you can take out enemy parachutes by flying into them, hitting them with your propellor. That’s what she said. As mentioned, the controls can be a little tricky like using the right analogue stick for throttle and left for steering. I held down B to take off and the left stick for flight. I would then use the boost (L) – to collect a power-up or to speed back to base. With modes like Survival, you have to use both sticks, so landing becomes a challenge. When you have enemy fighters trying to shoot you down, this will pose a nightmare. However, in the arcade mode, hold down B over the landing strip, and you’ll automatically land (or take off); refuel, repair and have a custard cream with a brew before taking off again.