It’s a new wargame on ipad, released today.
Very short first impressions:
Price : 1.5 $ + 2 in games campaigns for 0.89 each. 4 campaigns with each about 8 battles.
Gfx: clean and good looking. neither very good or bad. Just good
GUI: easy to master. 5 minutes needed.
Game engine: a simplified version of of Field of Glory ( See Matrix forums). Not a surprise, as the company releasing the games is HexWar, that ported Field of Glory to computer for Sitherine, before turning to Ipad field.
As FoG is itself a very streamlined depiction of Ancient battles, ABR is very close to beer and Pretzel game, even if flanking and a few other unavoidable concepts of Ancient battles are present. Don’t expect more than a glimpse of very abstracted simulation.
Battles: Civil war, Gallic , Germany and Britannia campaigns with all the most known battles.
AI: on normal difficulty, I won my first 2 games :-). Of course, I’m a very gifted player, but the AI isn’t very bright. At least, it doesn’t seem suicidal or even hopeless. It has putted a credible, even if clumsy, opposition. I Wonder how much scripted it is, as I’ve not played twice a battle. I don’t know if the hard setting is just adding cheats to AI or improve its skills, even if I guess the former to be the more probable.
All in all, a good buy when you’re waiting for your annual medical examination
However, this game confirms the trend: low, easy wargames are coming on tablets at very cheap prices. All in all, this game reminds me some of Ancient Battles boardgames done in the 80 ‘, or even the last Battles of Napoleon: very few realism, but tons of fun. If computer wargames persists in their never ending complexity for the sake of complexity, they will lose yet more players, as these games allow fast and fun games and so let less time to practice the monsters they release….
Note: Android and Ipad has got too a hex wargame on the 1939 Poland campaign: hexex, counters, ie the pure wargame legacy. the game is free, the GUI nicely keeps some of the charms of DOS :-), I haven’t played it yet, but it’s free…