COMMAND & CONQUER™ RED ALERT™ Review
- Amazing performance in game.
- Tight and accurate controls.
- Long load times.
- No Udo Kier.
There's not a lot to choose from in the RTS vein for the iPhone, so it's comforting to have such a heavy hitter like the Command & Conquer series hanging around. This is no-frills RTS fun and hopefully the encouragement other developers need to add to the genre.
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It's hard to believe that over thirteen years ago a new spin-off of Westwood Studio's popular Command & Conquer series was launched and is now available to play on iPhones. Red Alert is a time traveling RTS set before the events of the C&C games and this latest installment from Electronic Arts is set as a prequel to last year's release of Red Alert 3.
After a handy tutorial level you'll be swinging your units around the map with ease. Interface buttons allow you to trigger special effects or switch from single to multi-selection while tapping on the map will trigger attack or movement commands for your units. Building your base is also literally a snap as you drop your constructions onto an easy to use grid map.
All the classic music tracks are back and those who had the pleasure of playing Red Alert over a decade ago will instantly recognize the playlist. The units themselves are an eclectic mix from all three Red Alert games and it's great to see them rendered so well despite the 3D limitations of the iPhone and it's amazing to see how well the game handles, only suffering a small amount of slow down when heavy battles occur. The voice acting is limited, but still impressive and amusing to listen to.
The title may be slightly misleading as this isn't just a remake of Red Alert for the iPhone. No, this is a new Red Alert series complete with multiplayer capability and a sequel expected next year. RTS lovers rejoice and enjoy the fuzzy nostalgia of C&C on your iPhone.
DescriptionTHE COLD WAR IS HOT AGAIN! Experience real-time Command & Conquer strategy with Multiplayer Mode.
SKIRMISH IN 3 DIFFERENT DIFFICULTY LEVELS
Now implemented for Skirmish Mode, choose from 3 three levels of difficulty, from Easy to Hard. Enjoy a challenge that matches your RTS experience.
ESCALATE THE ACTION
IN MULTIPLAYER MODE
Now go head-to-head against your strongest opponents via WiFi and Bluetooth.
ACHIEVE VICTORY WITH
Drag and scroll to gauge the battlefield. Pinch-zoom in and out of the action. Select and move units with a tap. Control multiple units at once!
CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITE FACTION
Fight for Soviet domination or battle to restore peace with the Allies. Deploy military might unique to each side and engage in different campaign storylines.
BATTLE THROUGH 12 COMBAT LEVELS
Fight in Skirmish Mode on two different battlefield maps with war squads you create and control.
MANAGE TROOPS ON
Command units in different environmental conditions. Build your base and manage supplies with a new easy-to-use combat system.
ARM YOURSELF FOR ALL-OUT WAR
Employ classic units like Kirov Air Ships and new units like the Paladin Tank. Or R&D new technologies to destroy your enemies.
READY FOR MORE ACTION?
Add our Map Pack containing SIX MORE skirmish maps for an additional low price. Playable in both Single and Multiplayer Modes!
"EMPIRE OF THE RISING SUN” EXPANSION PACK
Expand the action with a third faction with its own story, units, and buildings for an additional low price. Get extra elite Soviet and Ally units for even more battlefield intensity.
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What's New in Version 1.7.0COMMAND & CONQUER RED ALERT IS NOW OPTIMIZED FOR iOS 5! We went back to the war room to bring you a 5-STAR battle experience.
Update now and get back to what’s important – commanding the combat!