Quick Start Guide
So you looked at the list of stuff we wanted you to read, and you said,
"I don't want to read all that stuff. I want to fly my
airplane and shoot at stuff." Well then, this is for you.
of the settings in the game can change what you see in the game.
This Quick Start Guide is for people who are just starting out,
and assumes you haven't changed anything yet.
Installing The Game
to www.hitechcreations.com. Download and install the game.
When the game first opens, you will get the clipboard. The clipboard is your interface to the game
controls. The choices on the clipboard will be different depending on
where you are in the game.
It's a good idea to start in the Offline Practice
arena. The Offline
arena gives you a chance to practice and try out different parts of the
game without other people shooting at you. If you want to jump right into
the online game, then click Online Arenas, and set up your account.
If you jump right into the Open Melee arena, where most of the
action takes place, you will need to set up a paid subscription.
The first two weeks of the paid subscription is free. After
that it is $14.95 a month. Texas residents have an added sales
You open and close the clipboard using the escape key. You start in the Tower. When
you first install the game, the first
plane that is selected is
the P-51D Mustang. If you want a different plane, click the
Hangar button. In the Hangar you can go through the list of
planes and choose your favorite. If you don't know a lot about
WWII airplanes, or you don't have a favorite, stick with the Mustang
for now. The Mustang is a good starter plane. Click the Tower
button to go back to the Tower so you can take off.
Ideally, you should have a joystick. If you are just trying the game out, and you just have a mouse, see this video for instructions for using a mouse to fly.
|To start your flight,
use the Start Flight panel to select a direction you want to lift off.
Click a direction button to launch your plane. Once the
engine starts, wiggle the throttle or press the minus and equals
buttons on your keyboard, then go to full throttle.|
(You have to move your throttle at takeoff so the game can recognize it)
The directions available for takeoff may be different depending on the airfield you are at.
If you click the H in the middle then you start in the hangar, and have to taxi to the runway and take off manually.
Launchpad at large field
Launchpad at small field
you click a direction button, the engines will start (remember to
wiggle the throttle), then the plane will take off and start to climb.
As long as you don't touch the controls, the plane will just keep
climbing. Once you move the controls, the automatic takeoff will
switch off, and you are now flying the plane.
of the first things to learn is how to turn your head and look around.
You can do this with the hat switch on your joystick, or the numeric
keypad on your keyboard.
To use the numeric keypad:
|7 = Look Front Left|
8 = Look Forward and up
9 = Look Front Right
4 = Look Left
5 = Look Up
6 = Look Right
1 = Look Back Left
2 = Look Back
3 = Look Back Right
0 = Look Down
The 5 key looks
straight up. You can use the 5 key in
combination with other keys. So you
press 6 to look to your right, and press 5 and 6 together to look to your right
and up. You use the hat key on your
joystick the same way. Play around with
this a little while to get the hang of it.
Flying and Shooting
in the top right corner of your screen, you will see the Heads Up
Display, or HUD. Real World War II airplanes did not have a HUD,
the Aces High airplane does in case you haven't learned how to read
airplane instruments yet. The HUD will tell you your altitude and
Indicated Air Speed, among other things.
will notice that the airplanes have some text next to them. This
is called the airplane icon. A teammate’s
plane will have his call sign, and the distance in green
lettering. An enemy plane will have just the plane type and
distance in red lettering. Distance is measured in hundreds of
|This picture, taken through my gunsight, shows an enemy FW190D at a range of about 400 yards. |
will normally shoot at 400 yards or less. Anything beyond that,
and your chances of hitting are practically non-existant.
(Some people will shoot from farther away, but they have lots and lots of practice.)
To shoot your guns, press the trigger on your joystick, or the N key on your keyboard.
buzzing sound you keep hearing is the stall warning. The buzzing is
like squeeling tires in a car. It means you are turning too sharp. If
you keep turning too sharp, then buzzing will get louder, and then the
airplane will stop flying and start falling.
Another thing that
happens when you turn sharp is the screen will get dark. This happens
because of the g-forces from the sharp turn. If the g-forces get too
high, then you pass out (the screen goes black) and you have to wait
several seconds before the screen will light up again.
that you are flying, open the clipboard (the escape key) and look at
the map. The green planes are your team mates, the red planes are
on the other teams. There are three teams, Bishops, Rooks,
and Knights. You will be on one of these three teams. You
will want to fly to where there are green and red planes together,
that's where the fight will be. Or you can fly to where a bunch
of green guys are, and just follow them. The plus and minus
buttons on the map let you zoom in on the map. You can drag the
map around so you can look at different parts of the map. When
you close the clipboard, and open it again, the map will be centered on
You will want to communicate with other players in the game.
To send text messages to your team mates, press the Ctrl / (Control + slash key) key.
This will open the text box, and you can type text messages to
the other pilots on your team.
If you have a headset and microphone, you can also talk to your
team mates. The F11 key on your keyboard is your microphone
button. Press to talk, release to listen. You can only
transmit for four seconds at a time (this keeps the radio from getting
all clogged up). You will be able to talk to pilots on your team
who are within about six miles of you. You get to talk to people
in your area without having to hear everyone on the entire map.
So, that's the basics. When you start flying around, and have more questions, go back and look at the rest of the New Pilots Guide.