• Publisher: Slitherine
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Device: iPad
  • Size: 255.8 MB
  • Version: 2.70
  • Price: $19.99
  • Average User Rating: 4.8 (5)
App description: Number#1 Strategy game in 42 stores. For 24/7 tech support and updates visit www.slitherine.com/forum

* PocketTactics 5 out of 5 - In price, content, and execution, Battle Academy is a proud game from another time. And worth every penny.
* DigitallyDownloaded.net 4.5 out of 5 Stars - Really, when you buy this game, youre buying into the excellent, competitive, online environment, and it looks like a healthy community at this stage.
* NoHighScores youd be hard pressed to find a richer, more satisfying turn-based wargame on the platform.
* TouchGen 4.5 out of 5 Stars - Battle Academy is a welcoming but challenging experience.
* StrategyPrime 4.5 out of 5 Stars - Probably one of the finest strategy games you can find on the iPad just about now, and definitely a must-have.
* FortressAT Battle Academy isa real game, a proper game
* Esquire - this is the best game weve played yet on the iPad.
* Plughead.net 82% - A proper wargame! On the iPad!
* PCDome.hu the ideal tactical casual wargame for iPad.
* SlideToPlay 3 out of 4 - for those of you who are willing to take the challenge, youll encounter a highly engaging, absorbing and lengthy experience the likes of which has rarely been seen on iOS.
* BoardGameGeek 3 of 4 Stars - Hands down this is the most impressive war game yet on the platform.

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Description

Approachable, absorbing and visually impressive yet detailed, Battle Academy aims to revolutionise the strategy games market with a blend of intuitive design and compelling game play driven by cutting edge technical innovation.

Inspired by an original online game concept devised by the BBC, the game has more than 30 battles in a range of theatres of war from the North African desert through D-Day to the to the snowy Ardennes mountains where the Allies battled to repel the final German offensive.

The team at Slitherine worked with Professor John Buckley, Military Historian at the University of Wolverhampton and a keen wargamer himself, to make sure that the strategy, tactics, scenarios and available firepower of the battles fought in WW2 were turned into realistic AI behaviour, powering expertly crafted battles.

The revolutionary server-based PBEM++ Slitherine system completes the package, for a gaming experience that will certainly please both hard core wargamers and newcomers. This revolutionary system allows iPad, Mac and PC players to play against each other, and even allows you to play 1 turn on your PC at home, continue the same game on the iPad on the train to work and play a turn at work on your Mac, all without you having to do a thing - the server handles it all!


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Features

Control British, US, Polish, Canadian forces in 3 epic campaigns covering more than 30 varied battles or take control of Italian and German forces in multiplayer.

Select from a vast array of equipment including 100 units from 6 nations - Shermans, Fireflys, Panthers, Tigers, Stukas, Hurricanes, P47s and much more!

Gameplay features include ambushes, line of sight, artillery barrages, airstrikes, scouts, morale, APCs, flame throwers, heavy bombers, snipers and suppression.

Your units gain experience as they fight. Get promoted to Veteran and Elite status and gain new skills.

Addictive multiplayer modes using Slitherines revolutionary multiplayer server thats linked into an online ranking system.

Werechihuahua's comments:
What a pleasant surprise! The folks at Slitherine have ported the outstanding wargame Battle Academy to iOS and the iPad version turned up on the app store today. I love this game on PC and have been playing it, and the expansion packs for a long time. I hope you can give it some love in the review category, and someone who is wise in the ways of forums will do a proper post . (sanuku?)

This is a full on, everything included version of the PC game. Nothing has been taken out, or stripped down to put it on iPad and it plays great with a touch interface...


03-14-2012, 01:28 PM
#2
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Originally Posted by Werechihuahua View Post
What a pleasant surprise! The folks at Slitherine have ported the outstanding wargame Battle Academy to iOS and the iPad version turned up on the app store today. I love this game on PC and have been playing it, and the expansion packs for a long time. I hope you can give it some love in the review category, and someone who is wise in the ways of forums will do a proper post . (sanuku?)

This is a full on, everything included version of the PC game. Nothing has been taken out, or stripped down to put it on iPad and it plays great with a touch interface...
At 15.99EUR it will be hard to convince people to take the risk. Not saying this isn't worth its price, but it's going to need positive reviews and frontpage coverage.

03-14-2012, 01:29 PM
#3
Joined: Jan 2012
Location: Toronto Canada
Posts: 785
$20...wow.

"Additional campaigns available" - So there's IAP's as well?

Last edited by Card; 03-14-2012 at 01:31 PM.
03-14-2012, 04:44 PM
#4
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Connecticut, USA
Posts: 358
Getting past the age old argument of pricing might be difficult, but take a look at the video below from the development team and you questions will be answered.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNqWt...layer_embedded

If Square Enix can ask 17.99 for a product (Tactics) that admittedly was unfinished out the door (graphics are pixelated), I don't see why another well known studio in the turn based wartime arena can not ask the same.

And yes I agree, they will have a tough road to hold at the $20 price point, but I believe after watching the video their reasoning is solid.

Munkie!

Oh and here is a link to the App:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/battle-academy/id499901136?mt=8&uo=4" target="itunes_store"

Looking for a cool sig.

Last edited by MunkieSuthorn; 03-14-2012 at 04:49 PM.
03-14-2012, 06:51 PM
#5
Tempting, looks like real quality ... I gather you can create and download scenarios too? This would help longevity.

Now, if there was some way of getting the PC and iOS version in the same package for the cost of the PC downloadable version that would be the icing.

I think I'll wait for some iOS reviews first for that kind of $ though.

Good to see this kind of gaming depth being ported
03-14-2012, 06:59 PM
#6
Joined: Jun 2009
Location: Connecticut, USA
Posts: 358
Well, I went ahead and took the plunge. I will report back tomorrow after a good night of playing.

Munkie!

Looking for a cool sig.
03-14-2012, 07:03 PM
#7
This game is excellent.

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Last edited by VeganTnT; 09-15-2012 at 09:37 PM. Reason: Removed appinfo
03-14-2012, 07:04 PM
#8
I saw this today and having never played the PC version find it hard to shell out for it even if the videos look great, with FF tactics they have the advantage of the Square Enix name that ensures a preexisting fan base this company needs to get the word out more have the game reviewed on some of the major sites to set peoples minds at ease about spending that money

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03-14-2012, 07:06 PM
#9
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Originally Posted by MunkieSuthorn View Post
Well, I went ahead and took the plunge. I will report back tomorrow after a good night of playing.

Munkie!
Gratitude

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03-14-2012, 07:46 PM
#10
Are the 30 campaign levels included in the initial purchase?

Favorite mobile RTS: Autumn Dynasty, Amoebattle & Red Conquest
Great TBS/SRPGs: Wesnoth, Battle Academy, Kingturn, Pantheon Cycle, Dungeon Crawlers, SW&E, Viking Lords, Metal Brigade Tactics, Tactical Soldier, Ravenmark, Tactics Maiden and Banner Saga

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