• 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...


06-22-2012, 07:53 AM
Well done to Slitherine for standing their ground, BA is well worth the money a costs a fraction of what the pc game sells for. The AppStore shouldn't be about a race to the bottom as far as app prices are concerned.
06-22-2012, 08:28 AM
It's worth far more than $20 when compared to the video game market as a whole, but I am still hesitant to buy. The sad truth is that there are a plethora of great ios games for a dollar or two. It's hard to justify spending $20 for one game when you can get twenty other great games for a $1 each.

Value of entertainment is relative. How many of us are persuaded by the argument that a $60 dollar pc game is cheap because going to the movie theater costs about $20 dollars an hour?

True, the cost of BA is cheap when compared to PC or console games. But, when judging the appropriate cost of entertainment, I think it is perfectly reasonable to look at direct competition. I.e., other ios games.

That's my 2 cents. I'm prepared to be raged upon. Hope the devs don't hold the above against me. BA is a phenomenal game. But, I think the price is steep.

06-22-2012, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Quantus View Post
It's worth far more than $20 when compared to the video game market as a whole, but I am still hesitant to buy. The sad truth is that there are a plethora of great ios games for a dollar or two. It's hard to justify spending $20 for one game when you can get twenty other great games for a $1 each.

The solution is simple: Just buy the 0.99 $ games ...

Sorry, I pay exact the amount which I am willing to pay for a game ...

If I am not interested in BA I would not pay 1 or 2 $ for it ... if a software is 20 Bucks worth for me I will pay it and will not look to other cheaper games ...

I am glad that I have games like BA, Magic the Gathering & Carcassone on my iPad ... nobody wants to work for nothing so if we want to have high quality games we have to pay for it ...

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06-22-2012, 09:36 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Westchester County, NY
Posts: 471
Quote:
Originally Posted by Quantus View Post
It's worth far more than $20 when compared to the video game market as a whole, but I am still hesitant to buy. The sad truth is that there are a plethora of great ios games for a dollar or two. It's hard to justify spending $20 for one game when you can get twenty other great games for a $1 each.

Value of entertainment is relative. How many of us are persuaded by the argument that a $60 dollar pc game is cheap because going to the movie theater costs about $20 dollars an hour?

True, the cost of BA is cheap when compared to PC or console games. But, when judging the appropriate cost of entertainment, I think it is perfectly reasonable to look at direct competition. I.e., other ios games.

That's my 2 cents. I'm prepared to be raged upon. Hope the devs don't hold the above against me. BA is a phenomenal game. But, I think the price is steep.
I, too, was hesitant on the price initially. So I decided to download the Mac demo and try the game. I instantly knew this was going to be the game for me. I wanted a serious WW2 TBS game that supported PBEM (how's that for a bunch of acronyms?!). I wanted to play that kind of game on my iPad so I could play it anytime and anywhere I wanted. So, for me, Battle Academy hit the mark, and I love it.

Remember, BA is much more of a niche game that was never intended for the mass market. At $0.99, $2.99, $4.99 or even $9.99, Slitherine knows they'll never get any return on investment at that price. Furthermore, this is the same game as the one for the PC & Mac. Those also cost $19.99; same price regardless of the platform. How can Slitherine sell BA for $9.99 on iOS when the exact same game costs $19.99 on the other platforms? Doing that would completely disenfranchise their existing customers.

I get your point about pricing, but I think Slitherine is doing the right thing. Only you can determine whether the price/value of BA is right for you.



--DotComCTO
06-22-2012, 09:42 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Westchester County, NY
Posts: 471
Pip/Iain,

I upgraded to BA v2.0.0 last night and wanted to report that this is the second time I've upgraded BA where I've lost all my saves and settings. So, after the upgrade, all my single player progress was lost. In addition, my music settings (off) and my multiplayer login info was wiped out as well.

I am running on a 64 GB "new iPad". The upgrade was performed by downloading the update to my Mac and then syncing my iPad via iTunes.

As for the multiplayer update: thanks for adding the "save" button! That makes life a lot easier. At least I can put the iPad down and shut it off without worrying about re-doing a turn.

In multiplayer, I'm still waiting for the replay of the replay option. I've even considered how that could work: the option would only be available at the beginning of the turn. If the player issues any orders to a unit after the initial replay, then the replay button would be grayed out. Keep in mind that issuing orders means exactly that, so just tapping on a unit to see its current stats would not count as issuing an order.

Thoughts?

--DotComCTO

Last edited by DotComCTO; 06-22-2012 at 09:46 AM.
06-22-2012, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by DotComCTO View Post
Pip/Iain,

I upgraded to BA v2.0.0 last night and wanted to report that this is the second time I've upgraded BA where I've lost all my saves and settings. So, after the upgrade, all my single player progress was lost. In addition, my music settings (off) and my multiplayer login info was wiped out as well.

I am running on a 64 GB "new iPad". The upgrade was performed by downloading the update to my Mac and then syncing my iPad via iTunes.

As for the multiplayer update: thanks for adding the "save" button! That makes life a lot easier. At least I can put the iPad down and shut it off without worrying about re-doing a turn.

In multiplayer, I'm still waiting for the replay of the replay option. I've even considered how that could work: the option would only be available at the beginning of the turn. If the player issues any orders to a unit after the initial replay, then the replay button would be grayed out. Keep in mind that issuing orders means exactly that, so just tapping on a unit to see its current stats would not count as issuing an order.

Thoughts?

--DotComCTO
This update should be the last where settings etc get lost - sorry about that, going forward you shouldn't need to lose any saves, nor go through the IAP purchase drama again. I believe it should also save your saves etc via the iCloud backup, although I haven't had a chance to test that theory out as yet.

MP replay is on our list of things to add, but it's a pretty long list!

Cheers

Pip
06-22-2012, 11:00 AM
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Westchester County, NY
Posts: 471
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Originally Posted by PipFromSlitherine View Post
This update should be the last where settings etc get lost - sorry about that, going forward you shouldn't need to lose any saves, nor go through the IAP purchase drama again. I believe it should also save your saves etc via the iCloud backup, although I haven't had a chance to test that theory out as yet.
Thanks, Pip! It was making me mental...well...more mental than usual!

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Originally Posted by PipFromSlitherine View Post
MP replay is on our list of things to add, but it's a pretty long list!
Oh, nonsense. Send me the list and I'll help you prioritize!

--DotComCTO
06-22-2012, 11:29 AM
Last thing to say on the pricing

We do not consider ourselves part of the app store ecosystem, or the computer games industry.

We are part of the wargames industry.

As such we work in a very different way, have a very different customer base and philosophy to almost every other game developer out there.

We continuously get told we are doing it all wrong by people who don't understand us and our industry. That's fine we don't take offence, but don't be offended when we don't listen to the advice
06-22-2012, 03:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Quantus View Post
That's my 2 cents. I'm prepared to be raged upon. Hope the devs don't hold the above against me. BA is a phenomenal game. But, I think the price is steep.
If you think the price is steep then I'm not going to change your mind, but I think the problem here is assuming that video games are substitute goods. Will someone who wants an endless runner or a puzzle game or a freemium grind buy Battle Academy because it happens to be cheaper? Will someone who wants a wargame scoff at Battle Academy's price and buy some bux for Pocket Planes instead?

Even ignoring genres, I think implying that a $1 game is necessarily worth 1/20th of a $20 game is a faulty assumption. If I want to play a game like Battle Academy, then I'm not going to be happy spending $20 on twenty individual games that are nothing like it or twenty similar games that are less polished and less fun. Likewise, I probably wouldn't even spend $5 on Battle Academy if I specifically wanted some kind of quick pick-up-and-play game to waste five minutes with.

I guess in general these discussions just feel weird to me, because I can't think of a time when I said "that game is too expensive, I guess I'll buy this game instead." If I decide not to buy a game because of the price, it means I'm probably not going to buy anything at all. And if I do end up buying something cheaper, odds are I would have bought it even if I bought the more expensive game.
06-22-2012, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Slitherine Iain View Post
Last thing to say on the pricing

We do not consider ourselves part of the app store ecosystem, or the computer games industry.

We are part of the wargames industry.

As such we work in a very different way, have a very different customer base and philosophy to almost every other game developer out there.

We continuously get told we are doing it all wrong by people who don't understand us and our industry. That's fine we don't take offence, but don't be offended when we don't listen to the advice
Great game and worth every penny !

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