3 Reviews

Snoopy Flying Ace

He has a bone to pick with the Red Baron

Even dogs need to dream sometimes. We'd guess that most of them find squishy toys, chasing cats and frightened postmen in their canine slumbers. But for some reason that we never quite understood, Snoopy's particular flight of fancy was always battling Manfred von Richthofen, 'The Red Baron' from the top of his kennel.

Smart Bomb has taken that idea and turned it into a fully-fledged dogfighting game, uncannily similar to the cult classic Crimson Skies. It works best in multiplayer, with 16 players all trying to get the drop on each other in a chaotic battle royal.


Deathmatch is fun for a while, but the objective-based modes are the ones that will have you howling for more. 'Dogpile' is Snoopy's equivalent of Oddball, with each team trying to keep control of a bone for the longest time possible.

The bone changes paws every couple of seconds, and you really have to concentrate - if you can stop yourself laughing too much. Pigskin mode is an aerial football game where you have to carry a ball over to the opposing team's goal. Given that most of the multiplayer is team-based, it's a nice touch that the game also has AI bots to fill in any empty spaces.

The single-player campaign lacks quite as much bite, but there's plenty of variety in the missions. The Peanuts characters feel a little out of place in the 1918 battlegrounds, although it's nice to see Charlie Brown looking typically depressed as he zips around in his Sopwith Camel.

Snoopy Flying Ace is a great looking shooter that also plays incredibly well on Xbox Live. The campaign lacks excitement and there isn't quite enough depth to keep you coming back for long, but for a dog day afternoon's entertainment, you could do a lot worse.

The verdict

Simple but highly effective

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