Those of you gamers with an interest in military-themed strategy games are probably familiar with Battlefront.com’s Combat Mission series, which are PC and Mac games with a reputation for being both ultra detailed and realistic.
There are several Combat Mission titles available, but Combat Mission: Touch is the first game from Battlefront.com that has been designed for the iPad, and it will be of particular interest to those of you who have played other Combat Mission games.
Combat Mission: Touch takes place in World War II, during and after the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944. You can command both German and American troops, and as in other Combat Mission titles, this one is ultra detailed with plenty of realistic touches that war strategy fans will love.
Unfortunately for me, this game was clearly designed for people who have played Battlefront.com’s other games. I have not, and the lone tutorial video did not provide me with enough instruction on how to play the game effectively, which left me frustrated with the game and forced me to spend extra time learning how to play. I hope the developers will implement a better tutorial in the future.
To start the game, you will choose a scenario from the invasion of Normandy, and the game will give a summary of what took place at the battle. To play the game, you command all of your troops and vehicles to walk, run, hunt, or target. When they have all been given orders, tapping the play button will start the action, which takes approximately 30 to 45 seconds, though you can both pause, fast forward, and rewind to see the battle from multiple angles. This gameplay style known as WEGO, which are simultaneous planning and action phases, which provides fast paced action with the strategy of turn-based combat.
After each turn, you can readjust your tactics for the next battle and work towards the goal of capturing the enemy location while annihilating enemies and keeping your own troops alive. Because this is a game designed for serious strategy players, more casual players will not feel comfortable. This game has a serious learning curve, and because of that, I wasn’t able to get into the action.
Players can play solo campaigns or battle online, either with the included matchup tool or with friends who also own the app. Those of you who are into military strategy games are sure to appreciate the historically accurate vehicles and infantry units like the M4 Sherman and the German Panther.
What I liked: This game has a lot to interest history buffs and WWII fans, with tons of facts and battle recreations. While this game isn’t my style, I know there are those of you out there who will absolutely love this game.
What I didn’t like: The graphics are not as crisp and clear as I would like them to be on the new iPad, and I was not a fan of the tutorial video. A tutorial level is a much more common and effective way of introducing players to a game.
To buy or not to buy: If you’re a fan of Battlefront.com and its line of PC and Mac games, you will likely be interested in this game. Likewise, if you’re a serious strategy game player, this is a good title to pick up, but be aware of the less than stellar graphics and the steep learning curve. In my opinion, this game is overpriced at $4.99, but it might be a worthwhile title to pick up during a sale.
- App Name: Combat Mission: Touch
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Battlefront.com
- Price: $4.99