To be a Time Ace you've got to travel the annals of history, and be a master at ... well, shooting stuff.
Those guys over at Konami happen to have one of the greatest and most varied back catalogs of all the main publishers, so it comes as no surprise to find them occasionally raiding the archives and offering up new takes on classic franchises. One of Konami's first arcade hits was a shoot em up by the name of Time Pilot. A multi directionally scrolling game where you piloted a variety of flying craft in different time periods, blasting away at time traveling bad guys hell bent on mucking up the history, making the future belong to them!
Time Ace is a remake in glorious 3D of the original (which you can play on Xbox Live Arcade should you be curious), this time for the DS. Back in the 80's though, you just got thrown straight into the game. This time, we'll have a story with modern shenanigans like cut scenes.
The Story unfolds that in 1914, a scientist by the name of Dr. Hugo Clock constructs a time machine with the intention of nipping back to before the start of the first world war, and preventing it from happening, thus saving the lives of countless millions. Unfortunately for him, it turns out that the assistant he hired has a hunger for world domination. Dr. Klaus Scythe, (who with a name like that, you would surely think twice about hiring, no?) sneaks into the time machine and starts his quest of amassing an arsenal of weapons from the future, in order to rule the past. So it falls to Dr. Clock to give chase and bring our would-be dictator assistant back down to earth.
Now, you would have thought that in this touchy-feely age that you would be rubbing that stylus on the screen to pilot your plane. Makes sense, it seemed to work quite well in Starfox after all. However, it looks like you'll be controlling your craft by d-pad alone. Using the touchscreen solely for menus and some in-game weapon and map work. It shouldn't be a problem, we've been piloting things using our d-pads since time itself began.
In your travels through past, present and future, you'll find yourself piloting all manner of flying machines, from biplanes and fighter jets to space fighters. There are 19 levels of increasing difficulty, as you chase your evil assistant though time, thwarting his plans in each time period. The levels are a mixture of on rails shooting with a little bit of freedom to roam thrown in occasionally, just don't roam too far, or the autopilot kicks in to redirect you towards the action. The action looks to consist mainly of shooting stuff, which is the kind of thing that pilots usually get up to.
Time Ace will be firing up your flux capacitor mid-June, where it's hoping to snag the attention of old folks who remember the original game, and entice other people in with its promises of a combination of flying around and shooting stuff. Which is often a winning combination, provided that it's pulled off well enough.