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Robotech: Ace Pilot Review

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Robotech: Ace Pilot - Strange Machine Games - $25.00
Robotech: Ace Pilot Review - Cover

Game title: Robotech: Ace Pilot

Game description: The Zentraedi forces advance. You must eliminate the threat. There are many talented pilots and crew of the SDF-1, but only one can be the best – the Ace Pilot. Each turn you must evaluate the enemy threat, then attempt to hire the best SDF-1 crew for the job and then collect your kills. Along the way gather key upgrades and thwart your friends in an attempt to gain the title of Ace Pilot. Robotech®: Ace Pilot takes minutes to learn and games are quick and dynamic.

Overall
3.5
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

The Zentraedi are attacking and it’s up to you to grab the best pilots to fend them off! Roll your dice, choose your pilots, and attack different cells of enemy units while trying to snag useful upgrades. The pilot with the most valuable kills, once an entire cell has been defeated, will be declared the Ace Pilot.

Who am I kidding, though? All you care about is that this game is a Robotech one, right? You’re a fan?

Pros

Rules are clearly laid out

ROBOTECH!

Interesting attack mechanic

Cons

Theme feels pasted on

Tile maintenance gets tedious

Full Robotech: Ace Pilot Review

The Zentraedi are attacking and it’s up to you to grab the best pilots to fend them off! Roll your dice, choose your pilots, and attack different cells of enemy units while trying to snag useful upgrades. The pilot with the most valuable kills, once an entire cell has been defeated, will be declared the Ace Pilot.

Who am I kidding, though? All you care about is that this game is a Robotech one, right? You’re a fan?

So that means you probably already have this game.

Let’s face it. Robotech is a pretty niche fandom these days. Most of us remember the series from the 80’s and have fond memories of the SDF-1, transforming jets, and pop singers. Kids today? No idea. VF-1 Valkyries? Nope. Nothing.

So let’s talk about how Ace Pilot looks before we talk about it plays. You’ve got a 3×3 tile tray, tons of tiles filled with different Zentraedi baddies, some Upgrade Cards, 5 dice, hit tokens, and 8 Hero Cards featuring our favorites from back in the day. Overall, it looks pretty good. The tiles are thick and the cards are sturdy. The tray is cool, but each cell is a little too big for the tiles, so they turn a bit and it becomes frustrating to fill them and manipulate tiles in them during play.

Robotech: Ace Pilot Review - Heroes
Example Hero Cards (Why no Rick Hunter in the Promo image here?)

Now onto the game, itself.

To set up the game you’ll fill each cell in the tray with a certain number of tiles based on how many people are playing, put the Upgrades in a face-down stack, and lay out the 8 Heroes so call players can see/reach them. Someone takes the First Player token and rolls the dice.

During each player’s turn they’ll roll the five dice using a standard Yahtzee roll and trying to match symbols on Hero Cards to purchase them. Once purchased, Hero Cards do damage to tiles on the grid based on the patterns listed on their cards. The player who destroys a tile takes that tile to score at the end of the game. Once each player has taken their turn all the Heroes are placed back into the center of the table and a new round starts. The game is played until a single tray cell is empty.

Robotech: Ace Pilot light, easy to learn, and plays fairly quick at any player level. The rules are clear, which is a bonus especially for a such a light game, and can be ready and fully understood in moments. Everything inside the box is quality made, though the tray cells could have been a little more snug to prevent tiles moving around during play/storage.

If you’re not a big Robotech fan, this game will most likely slip past your radar, and that’s OK. You’re not missing out on much. If you are a Robotech fan, it doesn’t really matter how good the game, does it? You already own it or are currently purchasing it. The theme here is a bit light, but it’s still Robotech. Don’t expect an authentic trip down memory lane. You’re getting a light filler with Robotech artwork.

A copy of Robotech: Ace Pilot was provided free for review by Strange Machine Games

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