|System: X360 (XBLA)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Smart Bomb Interactive||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Majesco||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: June 2, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2 (6 Online)||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Speaking of multiplayer, it really is the highlight of the game. It's cooperative and competitive, local and online -- pretty much anything you could want out of a dogfighting game to play with your friends, Snoopy Flying Ace provides. The local multiplayer ran smoothly for us, and we found no shortage of opponents on Xbox LIVE, though we experienced some slowdown online.
The various modes provide the template for hours of fun. All the basics are here: free-for-all deathmatch, team deatchmatch, co-op missions from the single-player game (zeppelin, escorts, and more), capture the flag, etc. Others are more innovative: pigskin, in which you play a rugby-like form of football, for example. The online fights can be a little daunting for beginners as more experienced players blast them out of the air repeatedly, but after beating the single-player mode and spending an hour or two online, most pilots will find themselves killing other players at least as often as they're killed. For those who prefer to play locally, Snoopy Flying Ace provides an excellent chance to learn a new game with friends, customize a character, and shoot the ones you love repeatedly.
If all this doesn't impress you, the game is only going to get bigger. The developers promise more multiplayer modes, more costumes, more planes, and more levels via DLC. We'll definitely be checking out what they put up for sale.
Now, once again, Snoopy Flying Ace is not a deep game, and it is not a flight simulator. Frankly, if you're looking for deep, realistic flight gameplay in a game called Snoopy Flying Ace, you should get your head examined. What this title is, however, is fun, and lots of it. We played through the entire single-player campaign in one sitting, and we spent several hours enjoying the various multiplayer challenges. This is a game that friends and strangers alike will enjoy experiencing together for the sheer thrill of shooting planes out of the air. As far as arcade-style XBLA games go, Snoopy Flying Ace is a classic.
CCC Freelance Writer