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"Be prepared to spend hours commanding your ships into glorious victory or crushing defeat." - SlideToPlay.com

"The AI regularly cleans my clock until it gleams." - PocketTactics.com




Hoist your sails and load the cannons as you embark for adventure on the high seas! Can you defeat your friends and best your enemies to become the Admiral of the Fleet?

Naval Tactics: Captains of the Spanish Main is set in the Golden Age of Sail, where stout ships of wood were crewed by even stouter men. Nations at peace and at war engaged in naval actions on the high seas. Naval Tactics brings the proud tradition of great naval board games such as Wooden Ships and Iron Men to iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

TACTICAL WAR BOARD GAME

From the hexagonal playing field to the potentially game changing Captain's Cards, Naval Tactics is a board game to its very roots. To succeed you will need to take your time, think three moves ahead, and mind the weather gauge!

ONLINE ASYNCHRONOUS MULTIPLAYER

Powered by the online system used by Starbase Orion, enjoy one of the best multiplayer experiences on the App Store with asynchronous, turn-based matches, real-time chat, unlimited number of concurrent games, automated match-making, and more!

TRUE NAVAL COMBAT

Naval Tactics prides itself on striving to capture the spirit of traditional naval combat in board game form. Configure your fleet using a variety of ships, from nimble Naval Cutters to massive Ships of the Line. Should you disable an opponent with bar shot or blast through their hull with double shot? Enterprising Captains will need to understand their vessels, their armaments, how they sail in relation to the wind, and the advantages of naval formations to best their fellows on the high seas.

BALANCED COMPETITIVE PLAY

Combining just the right amount of variety while maintaining a balanced engagement, Naval Tactics sets the bar for multiplayer naval combat on iOS. Choose your Captain's Cards, configure your fleet, outfit your ships, and embark on glorious battles knowing you will have to outwit your opponent to claim victory.

HISTORICAL MISSIONS

One cannot have a naval combat game without paying respect to the many true heroes who have shown their bravery on the seas. Live the Battle of Flamborough Head, the Constitution vs Guerriere, or the struggle at Trincomalee. More historical missions will be added in future updates!

FEATURE SUMMARY

Age of Sail Naval Combat and Tactics
Hexagonal Map with Fog of War
Custom (Sandbox) Missions
Historical Missions
Simultaneous Turn-based Gameplay
Single Player vs AI
Top-notch Online Multiplayer
Pass-and-Play Multiplayer

GUARANTEED PRICING

While it is quite common for apps to become free for a day, Naval Tactics is not one of those apps. The standard price for Naval Tactics is $7.99 USD; it will never run a free for a day campaign.
05-14-2014, 03:44 AM
#2
Joined: Jul 2010
Location: Manchester, UK
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Well I've not seen any gameplay but the description certainly sounds like this is pretty in depth. Anybody know anything more about this one? Is it boardgame style or actually from a boardgame? Can you play it if you know next to nothing about naval warfare or do you need to have been in the sea cadets to play this!?

Quite fancy it though, been a while since I've had a new async multiplayer (think Xcom was the last I played properly).

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05-14-2014, 04:53 AM
#3
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Well ... I had high hopes ... but ...

1. No different AI Level!

2. No skirmish mode and only 8 Scenarios (5 custom, 3 historical).

3. No real tutorial.

4. No campaign.

So ... I would not buy it again.

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Last edited by Mythbuster; 05-14-2014 at 04:57 AM.
05-14-2014, 05:26 AM
#4
Game Impressions

This is almost solely for players looking for a fair (no progression elements that affect competitive balance, and no IAP) asynchronous online competitive tactical experience.

But for those among you, it is hard to do better. All the sense of balance, strategy, player skill and tactical weight that went into making Starbase Orion the most sophisticated strategy experience for iOS (online as well as in solo play), Rocco has instead here invested into producing a superbly tuned turn-based tactical naval playing field. A level playing field, at that, much like Carcassonne and Playdek board game products, where all players start every game with the exact same resources. (Personally, I prefer a little bit of both. Some tactical async games where I can also work towards long-term goals and development, sadly a rarity among async titles, and some based around single matches of pure skill.)

The game might appear deceiptively simple; each unit does not have a wealth of skills and special actions to choose between on each turn. But in between considerations of wind direction and movement speed, firing angles, what type of ammuniation to deploy and what parts of enemy ships to aim to disrupt or destroy, misdirection and deception, how your different ships work in tandem, and what vessels to actually bring into combat, there is a deep tactical engine beneath these waves.

If you are wondering whether or not Chimera/Rocco (yep, primarily a one-man show) is a developer to put your trust in, and if Naval Tactics might grow down the line (for the game is very basic outside of combat, indeed), Pocket Tactics has choice words for you.

For those of you who want a bit (or a lot) of single play and progression to your online turn-based strategy, the equally excellent Ravenmark: Mercenaries is still around, and manages to almost perfectly tread the line between competitive balance and sense of progression. Plus one of the most sophisticated TBS engines around, and a fully fleshed out world. (And for further solo TBS play, the original Ravenmark Saga is probably the best single player skirmish tactics game around.)

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05-14-2014, 06:24 AM
#5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mythbuster View Post
Well ... I had high hopes ... but ...

2. No skirmish mode and only 8 Scenarios (5 custom, 3 historical).

So ... I would not buy it again.
Custom (sandbox) mission...

Maybe 2 star?
05-14-2014, 06:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Gabriel.Voyager View Post
Custom (sandbox) mission...

Maybe 2 star?
'Custom' means: You can pick up different ships at the (same) starting position ... so custom mode is a bad joke!

Still only 1 star rating from me.

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05-14-2014, 07:20 AM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mythbuster View Post
Well ... I had high hopes ... but ...

1. No different AI Level!

2. No skirmish mode and only 8 Scenarios (5 custom, 3 historical).

3. No real tutorial.

4. No campaign.

So ... I would not buy it again.
5. 80% of the manuel are only visible if the language is english ... if you turn the game into german, most parts are simply not even there!

Sorry, and they are going to raise the price even? They must joking!

I love Orion ... and that was the reason why I purchased this ... but ... never again ...

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05-14-2014, 10:56 AM
#8
and as the title implies, i guess it's all ship battles with no land based game play like docking at ports, visiting the tavern, recruiting new crew, buying/selling supplies, repair/new ships at the shipwright, quests. none of that, right? not really a pirate game is it?
05-14-2014, 10:58 AM
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Joined: Sep 2010
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Originally Posted by Mythbuster View Post
5. 80% of the manuel are only visible if the language is english ... if you turn the game into german, most parts are simply not even there!
Thanks! This is my first attempt at localization, so it is admittedly a bit rocky in that regard. Will definitely improve language coverage an update.

Last edited by KittyMac; 05-15-2014 at 10:12 AM.
05-14-2014, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Mack the Knife View Post
and as the title implies, i guess it's all ship battles with no land based game play like docking at ports, visiting the tavern, recruiting new crew, buying/selling supplies, repair/new ships at the shipwright, quests. none of that, right? not really a pirate game is it?
No. Naval Tactics is a straight-up tactical board game which focuses on individual naval actions. It is more akin to Wooden Ship and Iron Men or Sails of Glory than it is to Sid Meier's Pirates.

It is possible that land tactics will be incorporated in future missions (such as a mission to capture a fort / raid a port, which could require safely landing troops to accomplish). But it is not part of the game currently.

Last edited by KittyMac; 05-14-2014 at 11:18 AM.