Back in October we met Paul Turbett, the founder and man of many hats at the Perth-based indie studio, Black Lab Games. At the time, the studio was finishing off development on the iPad version of their tactical game, Star Hammer Tactics. Today, it's ready and it's free.
The sci-fi themed tactical battle game was originally developed for Xbox Live and PSP as a 2D game, but Turbett is now bringing it to iPad in 3D with HD graphics and an interface that maximises the use of the touch-screen technology.
In October, Turbett told Kotaku AU: "I always wanted to make a strategy game that could be played in short bursts, so battles are usually fairly quick, like five to ten minutes. As a result the game is really kind of 'stripped back' to just the basics of tactical battles. It’s not complex, so it’s quick to learn and get into, and suits portable platforms really well."
Star Hammer Tactics is free to download in the Apple App Store and players will have access to the first four missions. The remaining 11 campaign missions and expanded skirmish mode options can be unlocked via a single in-app purchase of US$2.99.