• 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...


04-07-2012, 08:12 AM
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Originally Posted by mcarthon View Post
Can your units get out of retreat/surrender mode?

I'd like to know this too....
04-07-2012, 12:16 PM
Features: Wishlist

@PipFromSlitherine:

I really love your game this far! Good job!

But could you please add some features in the next updates?

- I'd love to see a time stamp for saves (date and time of the savegame), maybe mission name

- where can u view your mission progress? You get a star rating at the end of each mission, but where to view this afterwards? Or in general, which campaign mission are already done? Is there an archievement overview?

And a little critic: in the AppStore preview pictures you can see shadows of objects on the floor, on my iPad 3 there ain't any shadows... I felt a little bit cheated, i read this thread, and there was a discussion about ground shadows. Then I saw the pictures and read in th app description something like ground objects can be seen on iPad 3, so I was pretty much sure shadows have been added. Is it possible to add them in the future? Can the iPad 3 handle it?

Last edited by Darkwalker; 04-07-2012 at 12:23 PM.

04-07-2012, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Hardbattle View Post
I'd like to know this too....
Yes they can. Each turn they have a chance to rally... Just keep them out of line of sight of enemy units and eventually they will recover morale.
04-08-2012, 04:47 AM
Anyone out there who is following this thread and still is on the fence about buying the game, Touchgen have just posted a review and have given Battle Academy 4.5 out of 5

http://www.touchgen.net/battle-academy-ipad-review
04-08-2012, 10:33 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkwalker View Post
@PipFromSlitherine:

I really love your game this far! Good job!

But could you please add some features in the next updates?

- I'd love to see a time stamp for saves (date and time of the savegame), maybe mission name

- where can u view your mission progress? You get a star rating at the end of each mission, but where to view this afterwards? Or in general, which campaign mission are already done? Is there an archievement overview?

And a little critic: in the AppStore preview pictures you can see shadows of objects on the floor, on my iPad 3 there ain't any shadows... I felt a little bit cheated, i read this thread, and there was a discussion about ground shadows. Then I saw the pictures and read in th app description something like ground objects can be seen on iPad 3, so I was pretty much sure shadows have been added. Is it possible to add them in the future? Can the iPad 3 handle it?
Wow, you're absolutely right about the shadows. I was so enthralled by the Retina graphics and improved camera I didn't even notice they weren't there. Hopefully they'll be added soon.
04-08-2012, 10:47 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darkwalker View Post
@PipFromSlitherine:

I really love your game this far! Good job!

But could you please add some features in the next updates?

- I'd love to see a time stamp for saves (date and time of the savegame), maybe mission name

- where can u view your mission progress? You get a star rating at the end of each mission, but where to view this afterwards? Or in general, which campaign mission are already done? Is there an archievement overview?

And a little critic: in the AppStore preview pictures you can see shadows of objects on the floor, on my iPad 3 there ain't any shadows... I felt a little bit cheated, i read this thread, and there was a discussion about ground shadows. Then I saw the pictures and read in th app description something like ground objects can be seen on iPad 3, so I was pretty much sure shadows have been added. Is it possible to add them in the future? Can the iPad 3 handle it?
Gah - it may be that when we put together the iTunes page we grabbed PC screenshots to work on. The games are identical in terms of everything other than the shadows, and so it was probably overlooked. I will speak to the guys about replacing them with correct iPad screens. It's just so hard to get the perfect shot that will satisfy our Creative Director .

Cheers

Pip
04-08-2012, 11:16 PM
Be better to add the shadows to the game, no?
04-09-2012, 01:05 AM
What's the best DLC for the money? Anyway you could package all three together for a special price? Eh? Eh? Would be greatly appreciated.
Thx!
04-09-2012, 08:18 AM
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Originally Posted by mcarthon View Post
What's the best DLC for the money? Anyway you could package all three together for a special price? Eh? Eh? Would be greatly appreciated.
Thx!
Yes it would be greatly appreciated. It would be nice if those who wanted to buy all of the iaps can get at least a little discount.
04-09-2012, 11:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Darkwalker View Post
@PipFromSlitherine

And a little critic: in the AppStore preview pictures you can see shadows of objects on the floor, on my iPad 3 there ain't any shadows... I felt a little bit cheated, i read this thread, and there was a discussion about ground shadows. Then I saw the pictures and read in th app description something like ground objects can be seen on iPad 3, so I was pretty much sure shadows have been added. Is it possible to add them in the future? Can the iPad 3 handle it?
Loving game so far, but yes it would be great to see shadows. Any indication if this is technically feasible?

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