• 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...


10-28-2012, 09:05 PM
You can deselect a unit by tapping it's icon at the bottom left of the screen, on the info panel.

There is also an option on the options screen to auto-deselect a unit after giving it an order.

Cheers

Pip
10-28-2012, 09:42 PM
Perfect!

Man, it'd be so much easier to commit to this if it weren't $50.

10-28-2012, 10:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Monolith View Post
Perfect!

Man, it'd be so much easier to commit to this if it weren't $50.
You still get a lot of game for $20, the three additional expansion campaigns (France, Market Garden and Sealion) are $10 each. You can also download user-created scenarios and campaigns for free!

Current games: Ascension, Drive on Moscow, Panzer Corps
Best of: Rogue Touch, Dungeon Raid, KoDP, BotB
Waiting for: El Alamein, Galactic Keep, FTL
GC: Emos
10-29-2012, 07:37 AM
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Italy
Posts: 2,274
While still playing Battle Academy mp (which is nothing short of amazing) I checked Siltherine forums and discovered they are porting a medieval BA game which looks freaking amazing and Panzer Corps.
So I did this huge mistake at work today, and downloaded Panzer Corps demo.

I was sold at the intro.

Please, be fast and get my money.
10-29-2012, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Pitta View Post
While still playing Battle Academy mp (which is nothing short of amazing) I checked Siltherine forums and discovered they are porting a medieval BA game which looks freaking amazing and Panzer Corps.
So I did this huge mistake at work today, and downloaded Panzer Corps demo.

I was sold at the intro.

Please, be fast and get my money.
Yes I can't wait either! I would implore Slitherine to have a lite version of Panzer Corps (demo) release on the same day as the full version. I have a nagging feeling that the BA lite version releasing 6+ months after the full version originally hit may have been a tactical error, but I hope I'm wrong and that it's drawing in plenty of new wargamers!
10-29-2012, 10:49 AM
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Italy
Posts: 2,274
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Originally Posted by Emos View Post
Yes I can't wait either! I would implore Slitherine to have a lite version of Panzer Corps (demo) release on the same day as the full version. I have a nagging feeling that the BA lite version releasing 6+ months after the full version originally hit may have been a tactical error, but I hope I'm wrong and that it's drawing in plenty of new wargamers!
Yeah I always think (no matter the game or how niche is the genre) a demo should be concurrent to the actual product, to use every bit of momentum it can get.
I'm still astonished TouchArcade hasn't praised the game yet.
Ok, it may be niche but I found it very accessibile and I think they could use and please a broader audience.
Whoever tries the demo can like it or dislike it, see the game is for him or not, but it surely can't argue that the price/content ratio is unfair.
But I can already imagine the meltdown...

Anyway...the sounds of Panzer Corps are so awesome I'm totally immersed in it despite the absence of animations.

Having neglected this genre for far too long, I have a question...related to Battle Academy and similar upcoming titles in general.

Is there an option for CO OP ?
Playing some great async co op games recently (like StarBase Orion) I found I dig them a lot more if I play with friends in co op mode, instead of versus mode.
I LOVE cohordinating attacks, aid and be aided, and such.
CO OP in these games seems a no brainer...but I didn't found anything...just competitive games.

I would love to split some airborne rangers and tanks with a firend of mine, and try togheter to get on that damn hill at Omaha beach.

Is there something like that?
Or is it planned (BA or other games too)?
10-29-2012, 01:04 PM
Coop is not currently supported. It's on my personal wishlist, but we just haven't found a point where we could get the time to implement it (and we'd also need to build some missions to take advantage, etc etc).

But thanks for letting us know that coop is something that you would like to see.

Cheers

Pip
10-29-2012, 02:38 PM
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Italy
Posts: 2,274
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Originally Posted by PipFromSlitherine View Post
Coop is not currently supported. It's on my personal wishlist, but we just haven't found a point where we could get the time to implement it (and we'd also need to build some missions to take advantage, etc etc).

But thanks for letting us know that coop is something that you would like to see.

Cheers

Pip
Thanks!!!
Yeah I think CO OP is great fun and a nice diversion from versus games.
Coordinating and battling togheter for survival and reach key points is a whole different order of tension IMHO.
Actually I'm surprised they aren't a 'staple' of this genre already like versus mode, seems almost a perfect fit to me.
I'm glad you are at least considering it for future projects/mods.

I know this isn't the right place and moment but I'm hopelessly psyched about PanzerCorps coming to iPad...I remained an hour more in office just to siege Warsaw (the demo first mission) and I had a total blast.
A game I knew NOTHING about 3 days ago except having a vague reminiscence about people raving about Panzer General back in the days.
Consider it a sell already.
10-30-2012, 01:28 AM
Bought it, love it! My budget is busted for a while, though
10-30-2012, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Monolith View Post
Bought it, love it! My budget is busted for a while, though
Don't worry, the core game will have tons of material for the $20: Three campaigns with a total of 28 missions, a random skirmish mode, an allied and axis special op mission. You can also download user-created content and multiplayer is just the icing on the cake.
Some of the missions are very challenging and will take a lot a time to plan your turns. I just completed the COBRA mission in the Normandy campaign, wow was that brutal. One German Tiger is enough to strike fear into the hearts of allied armor, having to face a pack of the big cats is demoralizing to say the least! Not to spoil anything (unless you know your WWII history) the mission starts out so promising with you kicking butt and taking names but you hit a reversal soon enough
One tip from me for what it's worth: whenever you have an opportunity to buy self-propelled artillery and/or mortar units, do so! Even if bombarding doesn't destroy a unit, it will still generate suppression (a mortar round detonating against a Tiger turret won't even scratch the paint but it'll ring the crews bell, think of sticking your head in an iron pot and having someone whacking it with a sledgehammer ) Bombardment units also do wonders against entrenched units and the 88s...you will learn to fear the flak88s!

Last edited by Emos; 10-30-2012 at 08:10 AM.

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