App description: "Battle of the Bulge is a must-have for anyone with an interest in historical wargaming. 5 Stars" - TouchArcade

Battle of the Bulge invites you, the player, to lead the Axis or the Allies to victory on the snowy battlefields of World War II. In this turn-based strategy game, you command your forces to capture important locations, secure key supply routes, and engage the enemy. Designed specifically for iOS, Battle of the Bulge captures the spirit of traditional board wargames while providing excellent UI design and accessibility for new players.

Key features include:
Play against AI opponents with unique personalities
Play against friends online through Game Center or on one device with Pass and Play.
Fast turns, deep strategy
Play scenarios like the quick, tense, fight in the opening days to a campaign covering the entire battle as either the Axis or the Allies
Learn with the tutorial and quick start guide, or visit our online strategy forums to learn from other players
Full rules, charts, tables and other information included for advanced players
Extensive historical photos and commentary
Universal support for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
Localized for Spanish and Japanese
Retina support
First in a series of WWII titles by legendary designers including: John Butterfield, Ted Raicer, and Mark Herman


Praise for Battle of the Bulge:

Its completely nailed the right ways to present a tabletop game in a digital format... No High Scores

Battle of the Bulge is a landmark iPad game. Its deep without feeling complex, and fun without feeling light. Further, its beautiful, both visually and aurally, and so intuitive that you dont need a tutorial to learn the interface. If youre at all into turn-based gaming, give this one a try. If youre not, give this one a try, anyway. MobileTechReview

A game that will make historical strategy diehards swoon, while also being pretty enough, and easy enough to learn, to draw in people who never knew that this was the game they'd been waiting for. TouchArcade

In terms of war simulation games on the App Store, I havent seen a better game TUAW

a game of considerable majesty awaits you Gamezebo

Easily the most educational game Ive ever played. Eurogamer

"Battle of the Bulge is as cold, brutal, and unforgiving as the titular conflict, but it's also one of the top choices for hardcore iPad strategists." - Pocket Gamer UK

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01-15-2013, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Gabrien View Post
I think a lite version is sorely needed for any significant "introducing to the genre" to be made. I'm fully interested in trying this and paying full price should I find it appealing, but not really in spending ten bucks on something that's just as likely to put me to sleep in the first fifteen minutes as engage my interest. I may still change my mind and try it anyway of course, but I'm willing to bet most in a similar position won't.
Maybe you get a point, but I find it hard to provide a lite version of this particular game.
It would be like to provide a lite version of 'Chess'.
You can complete the fast scenario in less than 30 minutes so not even a timed demo would do imho.

That's what reviews are for, I guess.

To be honest I get what you say and this isn't aimed to you in particular, but I think the price is absurdily low even if you dismiss it as 'crap' after 30 minutes (this is imho valid for the whole appstore...but it's just me).
01-15-2013, 05:26 AM
I'm surprised to see 20 pages and no mention of the word "skirmish". I see there are single player scenarios, but they are not randomly generated? Will there be a single player skirmish mode added to the game?

01-15-2013, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by VoodooVyper View Post
I'm surprised to see 20 pages and no mention of the word "skirmish". I see there are single player scenarios, but they are not randomly generated? Will there be a single player skirmish mode added to the game?
The dev has indicated here there may be more added but I think the longevity in this title comes from multiplayer at the moment. IMHO it's peerless as an asynchronous MP on iOS at the moment.

@ Gabrien, I think Pitta summed it up perfectly. I can see no way the devs could do a lite version of this. There are no IAP's here, you get a full game with no compromises because it is on iOS, it's worth every penny. Here's another review if it helps.

http://pockettactics.com/2012/12/12/...-of-the-bulge/

Games that will never leave my iPad : Great Big Wargame, Battle Academy, Battle of the Bulge, Ravenmark and Hunters 2.
01-15-2013, 07:44 AM
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Originally Posted by devensega View Post
@ Gabrien, I think Pitta summed it up perfectly. I can see no way the devs could do a lite version of this. There are no IAP's here, you get a full game with no compromises because it is on iOS, it's worth every penny. Here's another review if it helps.
The impressions in this thread are enough to convince me that the game is "quality." My only concern is with the genre, as it has never been my thing in the past. I guess I'll just have to keep this one on the list and either take the chance or not. Thanks though.
01-15-2013, 08:59 AM
awesome. the original game was the first game I bought for my first PC in 1998. god, 2GB harddisk and 32mb EDO RAM, hehe. I hope they bring us the later ones of the series like "Korsun Pocket" also. just bought the game and will play tonight.

EDIT: would love to see someone bring more old SSI / SSG wargame classics to the iPad. who knows, if we find the time (and have enough money), we might just do it ourselves. battles of napoleon would be fantastic...

Last edited by smuttlegiaco; 01-15-2013 at 09:02 AM.
01-15-2013, 09:26 AM
I'm with Gabrien. I'm really interested in trying this out and supporting a dev making a quality game specifically for iPad, but as I've never played anything similar I'm afraid it may not be "my thing". I'm tempted to take the plunge anyway though, just to support them being confident enough to charge $10 in a market dominated by mostly horrible freemium and 99 cent casual games.
01-15-2013, 10:15 AM
I agree it would be difficult to provide a lite version. One possibility perhaps would be for Shenandoah to release a Race to the Meuse scenario playing as Axis vs Monty, maybe that would be enough for people either on the fence or unfamiliar but curious about the board wargame genre to see what it's about.
01-15-2013, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by smuttlegiaco View Post
awesome. the original game was the first game I bought for my first PC in 1998. god, 2GB harddisk and 32mb EDO RAM, hehe. I hope they bring us the later ones of the series like "Korsun Pocket" also. just bought the game and will play tonight.

EDIT: would love to see someone bring more old SSI / SSG wargame classics to the iPad. who knows, if we find the time (and have enough money), we might just do it ourselves. battles of napoleon would be fantastic...
I know that slitherine is planning on releasing Panzer Corps to iPad fairly soon, it's a remake of the fabled Panzer General.
01-15-2013, 02:59 PM
@emos: yes, heard of that. will have a look at it when it's available. loved the PG series back in the days.

as to a lite version: google for "ssg ardennes offensive". you should find the exe. but it works only on 32bit systems.
note: the original game isn't the same as the new one. the original one had much more micromanagement and some game mechanics were quite different. this one here seems very streamlined, which is good. nevertheless, the original game gives you a rough feeling of what to expect here.

I only had the chance to play a few minutes thus far, but what I have seen looks very promising. I'm off now playing!
01-15-2013, 03:27 PM
Has anybody tried this on the first iPad, does it play well there? I haven't got a game on it in a while, so I don't know wheter newer games tend to support it well.
Or I might finally have to upgrade my iPad, this seems like an awesome game

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