HeroCraft is at is again with yet another game to add to their incredible repertoire in the Play Store. This one is called Strategy & Tactics: World War II, and it’s a lot like RISK or other similar strategy games. You won’t find explosions or special effects, it’s simply pure strategy. The game takes place during World War II, and in the first part of the game you will command the Axis to conquer Europe. Later, you will command the armies of the USSR and Allies to retake it. The game offers three play modes: play against the computer AI, 2-player (hotseat), and 2-player over WiFi.
Gameplay is pretty simple, but accomplishing the task isn’t necessarily the case. Early on in the game, you will start with just soldiers, but eventually you will be able to utilize vehicles and planes. You job is to take over certain regions depending on the mission, of which there are 18 in all. You simply move your armies into nearby regions with the hopes of surrounding the enemy and taking it over. There are two ways to figure out if you will win an attack. For example, you are given a certain amount of soldiers. If you have 10 soldiers in region A and your opponent has 5 soldiers in region B, there’s a good chance you will win. The other factor is the meter below your soldiers icon, which tells you how weak they are. You can split up your soldiers as in divide and conquer or keep them together. You can also attack from multiple locations at the same time to increase your chances. If you find that you don’t have enough forces, and you will, you can “buy” more soldiers, vehicles, and planes depending on how much currency you have earned while playing the game. Just like any other game like this, you can cut to the chase, and use your own hard earned cash as well.
There is a really good tutorial at the beginning of the game, but I found that I had to go through it two times since the game itself can be a little overwhelming. Sometimes it’s hard to tell how many moves you’re allowed to make per turn and it can also be cumbersome in the way you move your forces as in it’s not simply a tap or a drag. You have to choose if you’re attacking, moving, or assisting the attack. It’s also strange in that you are forced to attack regions in which there are no enemies occupying it. For example, if your opponent was in a region, and moves out of it, you can’t just move your soldiers there. You have to attack that region even though there isn’t anyone to fight.
Still, I found this game to be pretty addictive, and I had a hard time putting it down. If you really like strategy games, you will want to check this one out. The one negative is the price. It’s $4.99. Now $4.99 for a good game is not too much to ask for, but usually when an an app or game costs that much, it’s the last purchase you will need to make. As I mentioned earlier, you’re given the option to buy more troops through in game currency or in app purchases. You can probably conquer the game without app purchases, but it won’t be easy. There is always that thought that comes into your head, “Can this really be done without purchasing something, or by including in app purchases, are they telling me that it’s impossible if I don’t?”
Check out my hands on video below as well as their trailer, and hit one of the download links to get started. As always, let me know what you think.
- 3 full campaigns with 18 historical missions
- Play multiplayer across different smartphones and tablets
- Realistic global strategy with historically-accurate maps
- A wide array of game modes
- Juggle military, economic and scientific development
- Several hardcore scenarios and a endlessly replayable skirmish mode