This game is actually a board game/mini's game cross. I plan to buy some of the 4"-6" long, metal, jet models, available at toy stores everywhere, to make it somewhat more fun, and miniatures oriented. The game, as printed, uses counters to represent your planes; they move across terrain boards consisting of squares. The game plays out as a 2-D game, but this could easily be tweaked for a true, 3-D effect, similar to Red Baron (a WWI aerial combat, 3-D game).
The price is superb, the game mechanics are simple, but complex enough, with the more advanced rules, and it will play rather quickly. I highly recommend it. The fun, for the money, is superb. Cheers!
[5 of 5 Stars!]