Game Design From Outer Space

Asso 91 is a two-player dogfight game inspired by Francesco Baracca.

Asso 91

Asso 91

Asso 91 was our entry for the march issue of One Game a Month. This prototype was around for a while, and this seemed like a great moment to finish it and have something really playable.

Asso 91 is a two-player dogfight game inspired by the Italian aviator Francesco Baracca. It features a battle between two biplanes with a peculiar control system. Basic power-ups are implemented, in the form of coins depicting card suits. Red suits are good power-ups, while black suits are bad power-ups.

After each match, you play a short mini-game to decide if you want to continue playing or stop and end the game: each player secretly selects a card (an ace of spades or an ace of hearts). When the two players have made their decision, the cards are revealed. If the chosen cards are the same, then another match is played. If the chosen cards are different, then the game is over.

This mini-game should enact a discussion between players on if to keep on playing. It obviously opens possibilities of deception, bluff and intrigue.

Here are the game controls:

  • Player 1 controls the plane with Q and A keys and shoots with X.
  • Player 1 chooses Hearts with X and Spades with C.
  • Player 2 controls the plane with P and L keys and shoots with M.
  • Player 2 chooses Hearts with M and Spades with N.

Download here the first build of the game:

The title of the game is a reference to the 91st Squadriglia, known as the “Squadron of the Aces” (Asso is the Italian for “Ace”).


You can also find Asso 91 in the B*Sides 2010-2014 pack on Gumroad (pay what you want) along with other 16 games and extra stuff.

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