Endgame:Syria's review

    Published: 2013-04-02, by Peter Warrior.

    A game about current events in Syria

    • Playability and replayability
    • Daring approach to mobile gaming
    • Some layout issues

    "Should only the dead see the end of war?"

    When we talk about strategy games, we use to refer to past wars, mainly WW2, fictitious settings, Middle Ages and to a lesser degree, Roman Empire. Some wars have been utterly obliterated by developers, and nearly all these "forgotten" wars have something in common: they were civil wars. Perhaps American Civil War is the best known, but there were Spanish and Korean civil wars, too, only to mention a couple. Anyway, a twist we haven't ever seen before is a game about a current war. In addition, we're aware that strategy games should be balanced when History isn't nor hasn't ever been; and any balanced strategy game would be considered biased by historians, not to mention people currently involved in ongoing events.

    Endgame: Syria is a card based game based on an allegedly neutral point of view on what's happening in Syria, where rebel forces try to overthrow militar government. First off, it's an easy game with only two game phases (political and military) and, as you can't do your own deck beforehand, you have to deal and improvise with whatever cards are drawn, thus being quite instinctive and enjoyable since the very first round provided you have followed the two minutes long tutorial and keep in mind that you can tap on any card to read a brief explanation. Here you will find some layout issues as font may be too small for some screens and sometimes text is longer than the box it is in.

    Long Story short, not only a brave initiative and a great game to start this brand new 2013, but also a late addition (released on December 15th) to our list on the best 2012 strategy games for Android.

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    by Peter , Appszoom

    Apr 02, 2013


    "...not only a brave initiative and a great game to start this brand new 2013, but also a late addition to our list on the best 2012 strategy games for Android."

    *Updated!* This is the latest version of the game! This interactive experience is an exploration of events unfolding in Syria. This is a news-game; a simulation that uses interactivity to explore a real world event. Developed by in around two weeks, the game allows users to explore the options open to the Syrian rebels as they push the conflict to its endgame. Each choice the user makes has consequences – the types of military units you may deploy, the political paths you choose to tread. Not only does each choice impact the current situation but your choices may also impact the final outcome. Users can play and replay events to see how different choices on the ground might lead to different outcomes.

    Will you choose to accept peace at any cost? What if the war goes badly and the only options left mean more extreme actions; would you agree to follow this path?

    This experience has been built from real news and presented in a design that has gone to great lengths to be sensitive to the subject matter it covers. More information about this is available from within the app itself and on the developers website;

    Can you win the war and the peace that follows? Find out in Endgame Syria. A game by made in 2 weeks.

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