Total War Battles
10,000 - 50,000 downloads
- No trial, lite or demo version.
So here we are. $5 and 273Mb of additional download later, let's review one of the most expected games landing on Android. The first thing that you must keep on mind, especially you Total War gamers, is that SEGA has not ported any Total War game over to Android, but the essence of the franchise itself. Translated to more understandable words it would mean that, as real time strategy games so far are quite unplayable on touchscreens, they have chosen to unearth that old concept of hexed grid wargame and cap it all under the Total War brand.
This TW Battles is based on "Shogun" settings and it seems the first title in an upcoming franchise in which we hope we will also be able to play in Greek and Rome, Medieval and Empire settings. Excuse me, but Ancient Japan hasn't ever be my favorite place to show my strategist skills. Graphics and cinematics have also been adapted to a younger audience and have what we would call 'Facebook' or G+ game style, so expect not geishas beheading noble daimyos or whatsoever.
Game can be played hotseat, this is, two players on the same device; or through a beautiful solo campaign about betrayal, vengeance and several other cliches. It should be remarked that, even though it's a strategy game, gameplay is quite fast, something between checkers and stone-paper-scissor on steroids. Don't forget to long tap any icon to learn more about it, as they are explained in a pros and cons system that somehow reminds an AndroidZoom review.
Units can't move backwards and you must manage your wood, iron and honor resources wisely. In the end, gameplay is easily explained in the tutorial levels. Just have for sure you will like it, though senior gamers can find it too simple, even when there's an experience system to upgrade stuff and so. On the other hand, there are some voluntary in-app purchases to boost your progress if you don't want to clear all stages, something that should be abolished in paid apps.
If music in the original PC series was great, here it has been taken into account too. Game comes in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, so in this regard we must praise Sega's localization effort.
In summary, a great game for any strategy lover out there. Battles last for five-ten minutes and there are a lot of combinations to fulfill every stage, so this game can be enjoyed for a long while before getting boring.
Specifically developed for touchscreen platforms, Total War Battles™: SHOGUN is a new real-time strategy game from the makers of the award-winning Total War series.
Total War Battles™ delivers quick-fire, tactical combat balanced with intuitive building and unit management. All set in a beautifully illustrated Medieval Japan.
“This high-quality production dramatically streamlines the RTS genre for mobile play, while making sure it's packed with enough tactical depth to make its many skirmishes tense and exciting”
PocketGamer.com – 90% Gold Award
“Total War Battles is a surprisingly beautiful and engaging mix of war gaming and puzzles.”
Slide To Play – 4/4
1. COMPETE FOR THE SUPREMACY OF MEDIEVAL JAPAN
Lead your clan to battle through more than 10 hours of story-driven campaign set in the world of Total War™: SHOGUN 2; winner of “Best Strategy Game of 2011” awards from Gamespot, IGN, Gamespy and GameTrailers.
2. BUILD YOUR ECONOMY
Deploy and manage your bases to generate resources and recruit units including samurai, archers, ninjas and cavalry. Each victory awards XP to spend on building and troop upgrades that could make a decisive difference to your future battles.
3. A UNIQUE TAKE ON REAL-TIME BATTLES
Total War Battles™ introduces a new real-time battle system that feels both familiar and fresh. The hex battle maps allow for natural unit movements and deep strategy. However, as followers of the “Bushido” code of conduct, your units can never turn back – this twist to classic RTS gameplay adds tension and intensity to the action, making each victory even more rewarding.
4. DESIGNED FOR TOUCHSCREENS
Introducing an interface designed specifically for touchscreens – drag and drop buildings and troops, swipe across the battle map with a flick, and pinch to zoom in and out.
5. 1Vs1 LOCAL MULTIPLAYER
Play against a friend in real-time on a single device in three different multiplayer modes.
6. SKIRMISH MODE
Play through six standalone battles in Normal, Hard or Shogun difficulty. Compete against other players on the leaderboards and unlock new Skirmish achievements.
7. STRATEGY FOR ALL
Total War™ fans will naturally enjoy the intense, deep and rewarding action-strategy gameplay, while more casual strategy fans will appreciate the Zen simplicity of the opening tutorial battles, scalable difficulty level and hint system that will soon make them a tactical master.
Recently changed in this version:
Fixed previously broken update.
Some speed optimisations.
Minor bug fixes.
Additional devices support.
Significant performance increase across all devices.
Improved stability across all devices.
Google Nexus 7 now fully supported.
Added support for more devices.
On some devices: loading screen disappears for a few seconds before reappearing.
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Comments and ratings for Total War Battles
Better than expected, great value.
As a big fan of the total war series, this does not disappoint. Well worth the $1.99 price tag.
Addicted! Great game. Played for ages and still got loads to go
This is a nice stragey game. Just a pitty I can't sync the progress between my phone and my tablet.
Great game. Not easy.