Before the iPad and other video games came about, the youth of the world actually had to play games using paper and pencil (believe it or not).
One of these great classics, Lead Wars, has made it to the iPad for the next generations to enjoy. Admittedly, I’ve never played this particular game on paper, but it sure is addicting on its more modern platform!
The joy of creating your own game world with your own hands can be lost among the myriad of digitally prepared options available. With Lead Wars however, players of all ages can enjoy the difficulty of sliding a pencil to direct your small army to their objective.
First things first, for those who have never heard of the classic Lead Wars game there is a requirement to complete several thorough training missions before hopping into battle. These training levels will teach players how to move, shoot, and fly to victory.
After successfully completing training, players can start their epic campaigns. However, before running into battle, make sure you have the all important aspect of the game down pat: accuracy. Obstacles on certain maps can present frustrating challenges, and accuracy is the best way to avoid them. Once a move has been made there is no way to take it back, just like on paper.
The rules are very simple and each battle requires different strategy. Some battles are easily solved puzzles that require simple move and shoot tactics, while others start to feel more like chess games. The sounds in the game are hilarious sounds that I’d more than likely make while playing in isolation.
If players so desire, online matchmaking is available through the Gamecenter, along with options to filter out certain game types.
Also included is a very easy to use map editor so that players can make their own challenging maps to use in battles with friends or other online opponents.
What I liked: The classic pencil and paper feel brought me back to the days without so much technology. Also, the gravity engine is superb, specifically when controlling the pencil on the paper.
What I didn’t like: During training, the option to restart was hard to find. Getting stuck behind an obstacle was sometimes detrimental to the whole game because the unit would be permanently stuck.
To buy or not to buy: If you hear the words Lead Wars and know exactly what they mean, go buy this game. If you’re a more modern gamer you will still want to try this hand-drawn classic.
- App Name: Lead Wars
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: DemonStudios
- Price: $2.99