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iPad: Battle Academy Lite

10-26-2012, 07:05 AM
#1
Joined: Apr 2011
Posts: 257
Battle Academy Lite

In case you hadn't noticed because it was hidden in the giant thread about Battle Academy, we now have a free Lite version available. We've been #1 board game in 24 stores and #1 strategy game in 15 stores!

The new update to the main game also allows you to invite friends who do not have the game to play multiplayer and they will receive the Lite version and when they run automatically jump in to a game against you.



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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 Slitherine’s revolutionary multiplayer server that’s linked into an online ranking system.



This is what the press had to say
* 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, you’re buying into the excellent, competitive, online environment, and it looks like a healthy community at this stage.”
* NoHighScores – “…you’d 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 is…a real game, a proper game…”
* Esquire - “…this is the best game we’ve 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, you’ll 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.”
10-26-2012, 12:00 PM
#2
Joined: Dec 2009
Posts: 477
I downloaded the lite version on a lark just to see what the "exclusive intro mission" was like. Just have to say guys, that's what the tutorial mission should have been like! Excellent mission with just enough hand holding for someone playing the first time in my opinion. Also each explanation of an action or function stays on the right hand side in case someone needs to look at it again.

As for the detailed tool tips...OMG information overload! Was actually a little lost at first when I targeted an enemy unit I'm now seeing all of the different parameters used to determine the effectiveness of an attack (range, movement, AP, HE, ect) very awesome and it helps me to understand the game at a deeper level.

As I mentioned in the main BA thread, download the lite and give it a try if you are at all interested in turn based strategy!

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