To all the iOS fans out there: rejoice! This week, publishers En Masse Entertainment dropped their slickly animated game Battleplans onto the App Store for us all to enjoy – for free. Playing on a modernised take of the genre, Battleplans will be sure to excite RTS lovers new and old.
The player-driven publisher pushes the games tendency to allow complex immersion whilst remaining a non-committal title, with the tactical depth of a traditional RTS game and the accessibility and controls of a simpler device. This allows the game to be experienced by those who have perhaps never delved into the genre, too.
Focusing predominantly on tactical movement and the careful positioning of units rather than more archaic ideas of base building or resource grinding, Battleplans is as on the ball as you could hope for a mobile creation to be. The real-time element just further exacerbates the versatility of this game, and adds another aspect of tactics.
Split into two main phases of play, Battleplans works between offensive onslaughts and battles, and defensive planning against the attacks of enemies. Whether you’re finetuning your strategic placement or getting your head around the special abilities of particular characters, there’s plenty to get stuck into.
In the defensive phase, players can create sinister traps and fake-outs to bamboozle foes in their path. These also allow newly conquered territories to remain protected even when players are offline and not playing the game.
With an endless array of competitors across the globe, there will always be a new champion waiting to test your skills on Battleplans. And, if you find yourself less successful, there is a handy replay video feature, whereby you can get an idea of where you might’ve gone wrong.
Speaking of the game, CEO of En Masse Entertainment - Sam Kim – writes: "Battleplans provides a fresh, new spin on real-time strategy games and fills a need in the marketplace.
"Players will find themselves immediately getting to the fun elements of an RTS with easy controls to build heroes and squads, as well as scalable resource management – all of which lends for a great experience while trying to outsmart your enemies."
Available now, for free, from the App Store for iOS platforms.
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