As the technology improves and more people see their smartphones as gaming devices, the quality of the mobile game has picked up, too. Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol shows off some of the best of what a mobile game can be: a thoughtful strategy title that embraces the casual way mobile gamers play without dumbing it down too much. Ace Patrol puts players in the cockpits of World War I airplanes and lets users fly solo, play in real-time with friends or pop in for shorter multiplayer turns.

The game is easy to get into and offers players a surprising amount of customization for a mobile title, giving them reign over how planes look, what moves their pilots learn and how to upgrade their planes. And while the free levels on the title do seem to go by quickly, it’s well worth a download — and an in-app purchase or two for further levels. Free for iOS devices.

Sid Meier's Ace Patrol app (

Hayley Tsukayama