Military Madness: Neo Nectaris Review

By , on February 9, 2010

Military Madness: Neo Nectaris
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3 out of 5


  • Solid user interface.
  • Long campaign.


  • High difficulty curve.
  • Annoying music loops.
  • Lack of modes.


If you're a hardcore turn based strategy gamer, you'll find something to enjoy here. Everyone else should be weary.

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For those of you who can't get enough of turn based strategy games, one of the originals has been ressurected for the iphone. Military Madness was first released in 1989 and its sequel has been given a facelift. The story is a basic affair of axis vs allies, but with a futuristic vibe.

Control is all touch based. To move a unit, you tap on it, tap where on the grid you want it to go, and then tap again to confirm the move. Attacking is similar as you double tap the enemy you wish to attack when in range. The touch controls work well but you may find yourself making or cancelling moves you didn't mean to from time to time.

Visually the game is decent, with the units being easily recognizable, and all pertinent information displayed on screen. The battle animations are rather slow, but turning them off makes the outcomes of skirmishes confusing. The sound effects are what you'd expect but the music can be quite annoying consisting of simple ten second tracks that loop constantly. Luckily, the game supports custom playlists. There is only the main story mode which consists of fourty eight missions, with no multiplayer or skirmish mode to keep you busy once you're done.

For fans looking for a turn based strategy fix on the iphone, Military Madness may be hard to recommend. The gameplay seems to have not been updated from the original game, giving it a very high learning curve. Add to that having only a campaign mode, and you may want to look elsewhere for your strategy fix.


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