Rubicon, makers of the popular turn-based strategy game Great Little War, is back with their bigger sequel. This sophomore follow up has 50 levels, multiplayer game mode, Retina display support, and more hilariousness than any war should have.
If you’ve never played Great Little War, the best way to start this game is in campaign mode. Here you will learn how to create and deploy your army. You’ll be able to capture enemy camps and destroy enemy buildings. Once you’ve made it through a couple of levels, you can start a skirmish against an artificial intelligence (AI) opponent or try out the online gameplay mode.
Players start by building their army. Each day, you earn gold for maintaining oil wells that you are protecting. Use the gold to add engineers who capture enemy camps, scouts who lift the “fog of war” so that you can see what is ahead of you, and riflemen and snipers to get down to the nitty-gritty. You can also send jeeps, trucks and other vehicles out to resupply troops, carry soldiers farther and blow things up.
The game is turn-based. Each soldier on the field gets one move and one action (the action being shooting or engineering something). Once you’ve moved all of your pieces and shot up everything in sight, you end your turn and let your opponent take over. Each time you attack an opponent, they get to attack back as a reaction to you. It is very similar to strategy board game mechanics.
If you want to play against another player in an online game, you have to register with Rubicon by submitting a user name and creating a password. You don’t have to give your email address or log into Facebook or anything like that. You can either choose who you play against by selecting from friends who are also registered, or get hooked up with a random player. Online play is asynchronous, meaning that you play a turn, and then wait until your opponent has played. You can set the game to give you a notification when your opponent has played his turn.
This game will draw you in to the point where you won’t be able to put it down. As I am writing this review, I can’t stop playing. I have three games going at once – two online multiplayer games and the campaign one. The humor is clever and the graphics are great. The gameplay is smooth. The user interface is well designed. This is a fantastic game, all around.
What I liked: Everything about this game is awesome. However, my favorite part is the ability to play with others in online mode. It makes the skirmishes much more exciting.
What I didn’t like: Nothing!
To buy or not to buy: Fans of strategy board games and other turn-based gaming will love the way this little big war game plays. The price is reasonable. There is no reason not to have this game on your iPad.
- Name: Great Big War Game
- Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Rubicon
- Price: $2.99