That's A Lot Of War To Cram Into A Video Game

That's A Lot Of War To Cram Into A Video Game

Wars and Battles is an upcoming iPad game that doesn't cover a single war. It doesn't even cover a single era of war. It's covering all the wars.

It's doing this the easiest and most obvious way possible: by making an engine based on the flexible rules of tabletop wargaming, then sticking it in a video game where they can adjust things to suit a medieval cavalry charge or a clash of armoured divisions.

That's A Lot Of War To Cram Into A Video Game

They're not the first company to ever attempt this, but I'm liking two things here. The first is that this is on the iPad, which is becoming my go-to platform for strategy gaming on the couch. The second is that it looks good. These kind of games are often hideous affairs, with presentation best described as "functional", the art handled by people who either can't draw or don't care.

But Wars and Battles looks pretty nice! It's got big, clear art on its menu, the UI looks friendly and there are even cute little 3D models of all the units.

That's A Lot Of War To Cram Into A Video Game

The game launches first on iPad (with six battles ranging from the 1800s to 1970s), but will later be out on PC and Mac as well, with cross-platform multiplayer promised. There'll also be new battles released every two months, and with the game's site showing horses and spears, future releases will surely go further back in time).

The iPad version is out in November.

That's A Lot Of War To Cram Into A Video Game

Comments

    You should iPad put a picture of you with your iPad in this iPad article as well. Also iPad maybe mention that it's coming out on Android as well for us peasants that don't iPad.

    Did I mention iPad enough?

    As for the game, I need more info other than it's coming out on iPad and "looks good". Wish I could get paid to write about things that look good on iPads. No idea how this plays except for it looking like a Civ V clone on a smaller scale and without the Civ building

      You should get paid to complain about free content on the internet instead.

      You could even post from an iPad! think of the possibilities.

      He did say tabletop gaming so maybe something akin to Game of the Generals which does not actually have resource building. Also, iPad? Why no Android? Gimme some strategy fix on my Android, somebody, anybody!

        http://warsandbattles.com/en/

        According to their recently updated website, sometime after the initial releases, they have an Android and phone release planned.

        Last edited 22/10/14 6:52 pm

      You should iPad put a picture of you with your iPad in this iPad article as well. Also iPad maybe mention that it's coming out on Android as well for us peasants that don't iPad. Did I mention iPad enough? As for the game, I need more info other than it's coming out on iPad and "looks good". Wish I could get paid to write about things that look good on iPads.

      By my count the word iPad is in the article a grand total of 4 times, and that includes the tag-line where the release date and platform is mentioned. The PC and Mac release is also mentioned.
      I don't see the problem here, unless one is feeling insecure about their choice of tablets, which would be a sad thing to be insecure about.

      Last edited 22/10/14 6:49 pm

        Another way to say it would be that 'ipad' was mentioned in 50% of the paragraphs, plus the tagline! Go maths!

    Hold the fuckin' phone: War AND Battles?
    We're spoiled for choice!

      Not enough conflict, police action or civil unrest for my liking

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