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ACE +4
Title:ACE +4
Category:Game/Simulator
Release Date:
Language:English
Size:64K
Machine:PAL Only
Code Type:Machine code
Distribution:Commercial/TA
Game ending type:Has an end, game ends
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Released by:Cascade Games Ltd.
Re-released by:Gamebusters
Coded by:Martin, Ian
Designed by:Stevens, Nigel
Designed by:Wilhelmy, Guy
Trained by:Bárdos, Gábor (Bag)
Cracked by:Radó, András (CMS)
Cracked by:Nagy, Miklós (KNM)
Cracked by:KMS
Notes:First known software with digitized speech. The TAP file tagged as "Without Turbo Loader" takes 30 minutes to load, this was (side B) of the original cassette.
  Download:
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  BAG trainer:
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  CMS+KNM crack:
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Zimmers
  KMS crack:
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  With Turbo Loader:
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Rulez.org
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  Without Turbo Loader:
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  External links:
    C64 release
    ZX Spectrum release
    Amstrad CPC release

User Rating: 9.1/10 (29 votes)
ACE +4 Title Screenshot

ACE +4 Screenshot


Appeared On Compilations
Ace 64K & 16K


Publications
Reviewed: Commodore User 31 (Magazine/English) Page 44
Review: RUN 12/1986 (Magazine/German) Page 147
Review: Commodore Welt 8/86 (Magazine/German) Page 60


Covers
Casette Front Cover
Casette Front Cover
Click here for larger version
Game Instructions - Reverse side Cover
Game Instructions - Reverse side Cover
Click here for a larger version - Another scan of the same cover
Disk Cover
Disk Cover
Disk Cover (Different label)
Disk Cover (Different label)
Game cover image sent in by: Tobias Heger.
Cassette Cover (Gamebusters Release)
Cassette Cover (Gamebusters Release)


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Built-in cheat
Taken from the German book "Der DATA BECKER Führer: C 64 Superspiele" from Data Becker is a cheat mode for ACE. (All cheats in the book are for Commodore 64 games, but this cheat works on the Plus/4-Version as well).

German

Steigen Sie nach dem Start gleich auf etwa 50.000 ft. und lassen sich dann im Sturzflug nach unten fallen (Nase zeigt zu Boden). Bei etwa 18.000 ft. nehmen Sie die Triebwerke langsam zurück und bringen das Flugzeug wieder in normale Position, nachdem Thrust den Nullpunkt erreicht hat. Sie fliegen nun, ohne einen Tropfen Sprit zu verbrauchen.

English

After the start climb to circa 50.000 ft - then let yourself fall down with a nose dive (nose points to soil). At a altitude of 18.000 ft take back the engines slowly and bring the plane back into normal position, after Thrust reached the zero-point. Now you fly, without using a drop of fuel.


Author Speaks!
On February 2008, Ian Martin talked about his own game on Lemon64:

An incredible 22 years have passed since I wrote this game. It was developed over several months through 1985 (I think I missed most of Live Aid because of it).
I've just disposed of my C64 but before I did, I played some old games, making mpeg recordings of some highlights, and my old game ACE was one of those products.

A brief inside story:-
ACE started life as a very simple air combat game for the VIC20 and C16 - the decision was made by Cascade (yes, those people behind Cassette 50) to produce a full C64 title. I was giving a lot of creative freedom, but driven by one of the directors to add more and more (refuelling, ships, 1 bit speech) and I have to say that his project management was spot on. The game eventually was completed in September 1985 (I think a July completion was originally planned).
Playing the game 2 days ago - for the first time in more than 10 years - I was actually engrossed by my task - to video the refuelling sequence. It took me ages, and I kept getting bounced by enemy fighters. I eventually crashed whilst landing, almost out of fuel!
The graphics are crude by any standards. I wanted a bitmap gameplay area, with sprites for planes etc but in the event we used a character screen to get a high speed. I'm no artist, but I did the helicopters, trees, planes and most of the cockpit panel. We brought in an artist to help with the latter.
We never pitched it as a flight sim - fun was the order of the day.
The sound is adequate I feel - the speech does add to the feel of the game, and of course the quality is accurately poor.
The refuelling sequence took ages - I think that the refuelling pipe was linedrawn into a sprite, as I recall - but I always felt it was the best looking part of the pseudo-3d.
I think I can be reasonably objective after 22 years to say that the gameplay whilst repetitive can also be engrossing - the battle to stop the map turning red. I experienced the anguish of having my first airbase overran by the enemy.
I cannot believe we used the phrase "enemy planes" rather than "enemy aircraft". I think the box said "100% machine code" too!
We did a Plus/4 version in 1986 - which was great fun to do - purely because a mistake on an advertisement implied that there was a fully functional Plus/4 version. The threat of action by the Advertising Standards Agency forced a Plus/4 conversion.
I've awarded some scores trying to be as objective as I can.
I stayed with Cascade for a couple of years after ACE, and we did some other games, including a couple of sequels, but none as much fun as ACE. Cascade folded in 1990.


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