Carrier Aces is a flight simulation game taking place during World War II. Players control an aircraft pilot of either the United States or the Japanese air forces. Based aboard an aircraft carrier, players can do numerous missions in an effort to help the war effort. Campaign modes allow for all aircraft to have their own statistics and allow players to carry certain types of aircraft into the combat zone. All aircraft come equipped with a throttle, a speedometer, an altimeter, a compass, and a fuel tank.