Battle Group Review
- Visceral feel to the combat thanks to small touches like screaming pilots.
- Intuitive touch-based controls; tap and drag to survive.
- Unlockable vehicles and special 'medals' add replay incentive.
- Secondary ship targeting system can be touchy; can cause mistakes in the heat of battle.
- No real difficulty options; can require repeat attempts to master challenging levels.
Battle Group combines shoot'em-ups with a Missile Command system of combat to create something entirely unique and challenging in a way that teases you to play just one more level.
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I'd like to think that we've all seen Missile Command before; its iconic gameplay revolving around spitting out explosive charges to consume incoming projectiles has even been the subject of TV shows like Chuck. More to the point, remakes have never been in short supply, but few attempt to truly innovate like Battle Group by Bane Games.
Much like the game that inspired it, you'll initially tap the screen to launch explosive charges that slowly move away from your ship to defend it from incoming missiles. Soon after that you'll need to defend yourself from various jets, boats and even submarines set to destroy you and your fleet. Thankfully you're not limited to one tap at a time and judicious use of good timing and quick taps will allow you to fire off an entire salvo of charges while still being able to redirect other weapons such as a long-range machine gun to defend from other sneaky attacks.
Your ability to decimate enemies is rewarded with the ever-present star system, however damage inflicted on your ships will make it harder to reach a perfect score and additional experience is also earned to help unlock and upgrade the ships at your disposal. Not only can you make your ship and secondary fleet vessel more powerful, a collection of 'medals' can be earned by completing special requirements, unlocking even more ships to decimate your pirate foes.
More than anything else, Battle Group feels like a shoot'em-up, albeit without the need to dodge bullets. The need to be precise and perfect with your timing is rewarded no less than in a regular shmup, so you'll need to be on your A-game to survive later levels.
Bane Games ties the whole single-player package up in to a neat visual package, with crisp designs and a clear interface that pairs the remote warfare motif with audio clips (such as a pilot screaming) to remind you that it's not all fun and games.
Battle Group is, quite simply, a tight shooter worth checking out if you fancy yourself to be a bit of a dead-eye.
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The near future. A pirate conglomeration equipped with the latest military hardware wages an unopposed war of plunder within the vital trade routes of the world. A naval force of modern warships drawn from a unified community of free nations is assembled to meet this growing threat. You are their commander.
iFanzine 2011 iOS Developer Achievements
Achievement for Best Gameplay in a Genre-Defined Title - Winner
Achievement for Outstanding Audio Engineering - Winner
Achievement for Outstanding Trailer - Runner Up
Freeplay Independant Game Awards
Best Game Audio - Finalist
"A perfectly crafted rail shooter, Battle Group is a must-have for shoot ‘em up fans" - 5/5 - ifanzine.com
"Battle Group is fast becoming one of the best games that I’ve played on the iPhone all year" - 5/5 - nineoverten.com
"...entirely unique and challenging in a way that teases you to play just one more level" - 4/5 - Appspy.com
"...the action is never less then rivetingly tense and backed with finely tuned controls. " - 8/10 - pocketgamer.co.uk
“App of the Day” - cnet.com.au
"Great graphics mixed with that important great fun and addictive gameplay featuring some truly great blasting action" - 5/5 - iphonegameruk
"...the gameplay is exciting and challenging" - indiegamemag.com
"Highly Recommended! " - indie-gamers.com
"...just the amount of care given to Battle Group makes it worth checking out. " - 4/5 - 148apps.com
"...those hankering for a cleanly presented touch-screen blaster with brains will find much to enjoy" – 3.5/5 - dpadmagazine.com
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◆ TACTICAL ACTION / MODERN NAVAL WARFARE
Fight off waves of air, land and sea based opponents. A simple to use control method lets you get straight into the action.
◆ USE ADVANCED ARMAMENTS
Control the devastating power of modern naval weaponry including anti-air missiles, naval guns and jump jet interceptors.
◆CUSTOMISE YOUR FLEET
Select from a diverse range of ship types including Patrol Boats, Guided Missile Frigates, Aircraft Carriers, Battleships and more.
◆ UNLOCK NEW SHIPS AND SPECIAL ABILITIES
A reward system for exceptional performance allows you to purchase new ship classes. Gain experience in battle to unlock abilities specific to each ship.
◆ IMMERSIVE STORYLINE
Who are these pirates? What are their true motivations? And is everything as it seems? Uncover the sinister plot as told through the dialogue of veteran video gaming voice actor Bob Carter.
◆ FULL GAME CENTER INTEGRATION
Earn achievements and dominate the online leaderboards. Check out your battle statistics as you progress through the your naval career.
◆ AUTHENTIC EXPERIENCE
Researched and developed in consultation with actual ex-serving naval personnel.
◆ MUCH MORE COMING SOON
A new game mode has already been released and upcoming expansions will include new ship classes, campaign missions, enemies, further play modes and multiplayer.
What's New in Version 1.3- iCloud support. Share save games between all your iCloud enabled devices
- New "Survival" game mode. Score as many points as you can before dying
- Option to remove horizontal raster lines (see in-game pause menu)
- Lots of small bug fixes