App description: Lead Wars is a turn-based strategy game requiring smart thinking and physical skill. It simulates the real life paper war games played in the days before portable gaming devices which needed only a pencil, some paper and lots of imagination!

Charted #1 Strategy Game in 23 countries!

Control a fleet of planes, tanks and artillery units by taking turns to flick a pencil around a hand-drawn battlefield on a piece of paper, making long curve shots and strategic moves to try and outwit and out-skill your opponent.

Reviews:
MacReview.com - "The execution is what makes Lead Wars shine. Startlingly unique, a fabulous little game." 4.5/5
GamePro.com - iOS Game Of The Day - "Surprisingly deep", "From a strategic perspective, Lead Wars is a beautiful achievement." 4/5
TouchReviews.net - "You'll definitely love this game." 4/5
PadGadget.com - PadGadget Recommended! "Some battle are easily solved puzzles, while other start to feel more like chess games." 4/5
iPhone-Experience.com - "a brilliantly implemented game"
iTunes review - djflippy: "Lead Wars has a rare quality; the simulation is actually better than that which it simulates." 5/5

Note this is not your typical path-drawing game - this is a simulation of the real life game played with a real pencil.

The flick mechanic works just like it does in real life (try it!): Point a pencil straight down onto some paper, holding it by the top with just one finger. While pressing down firmly, slowly tilt the top of the pencil - beyond a critical angle the tip will suddenly slip away leaving a line drawn on the paper. This line determines your move or shot on the battlefield.

Lead Wars simulates this mechanic using the touch-screen as if you're touching the top of a real pencil. See videos of the real life game and Lead Wars in action: http://www.youtube.com/DemonStudiosLtd

Main Features:
Online Multiplayer - battle live or asynchronously*
2-player tabletop / pass 'n' play
Single-player vs-CPU
Single-player Campaign - rise up through the Army ranks
Map Creator - create your own battlefields
Instant Replays - replay all moves and shots in latest turn
26 Game Center Achievements (some secret!) + Leaderboards
Training missions and 150+ Campaign missions
Visual 'MoveAid' system and tips for beginners
16 built-in battlefields, store up to 75 custom maps
Have up to 25 local games on the go at once
Have up to 30 Asynchronous online games on the go
Highly configurable Game Setup
Choice of 4 paper styles + 3 pencil leads
Doodle graphics and verbal sounds - just like the real game!

* Online multiplayer requires Game Center. Asynchronous online play requires iOS 5.0 or later.

Technical Features:
Universal app supporting Retina Display
Share maps via the system Clipboard
Game Center turn alert push notifications*
Auto-rotating interface - play in any orientation
Allows iPod music in the background

* Turn alert sounds and settings can be controlled in Settings | Notifications | Game Center.

The best thing about playing Lead Wars on your iOS device though is you're not having to rub out your previous moves, there's no arguments whether a shot hit or not and no dangerous flying pencils! The physical dexterity required to make your move makes the game challenging but ultimately more fun and rewarding, particularly when you make that near-impossible curve shot around a wall to win the battle!

DemonJim's comments:


Actual in-game video showing gameplay, including Game Center live multiplayer:


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Video showing a REAL LIFE game of Lead Wars - to explain the crazy play mechanic!


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Full Training Walkthrough:


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Map Creator Demo:


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Lead Wars Major Update Revision History:
v1.9 (Oct 14) - First Sergeant Campaign Missions + 1 New Map
v1.8 (Dec '13) - Master Sergeant Campaign Missions + 3 New Standard Maps
v1.7 (Dec '12) - Sergeant First Class Campaign Missions + 3 New Standard Maps
v1.6 (Sep '12) - New sticky note message system + Twitter integration
v1.5 (May '12) - Staff Sergeant Campaign Missions + full iPad Retina Display support
v1.4 (Mar '12) - Added Instant Replays
v1.3 (Nov '11) - Added Asynchronous online multiplayer
v1.2 (Jul '11) - Added single-player Campaign
v1.1 (Apr '11) - Added single-player vs-CPU and Map Creator
v1.0 (Nov '10) - Featured multiplayer only (local and Live online)

Hope you enjoy the game!
09-05-2012, 08:57 PM
Awesome.

Congrats to the development team for pulling this off.

I loved how you implemented the real life game into a mechanic that works in a video game. Kudos!!

~M
09-25-2012, 02:04 PM
Lead Wars gets update adding support for iPhone 5 and iOS6

Thanks Markkimse - although the 'team' is just me. I even have to make the tea. ;-)

A new version of Lead Wars has just literally just been approved:

What's New in Version v1.6.1
  • Added full-screen support for the iPhone 5 and iPod touch (5th generation)

Note: Support for iPhone 3G and earlier, and iPod touch (2nd generation) and earlier have had to be dropped. But the good news is it still runs perfect on 3GS and iPad 1 and later, so hopefully this doesn't affect very many people at all!

Btw it supports full Retina Display on both iPad and iPhone too, so it looks as good as it can on all devices, and now in full-screen on all devices too. Enjoy

Apps: Lead Wars (TA Thread) | Coming soon: Super Grav (1-4 player Thrust-style racer/shooter)
DemonStudios Ltd | Indie Game Developer
www.demonstudios.com
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11-04-2012, 07:07 AM
Just a heads-up for people toying with the idea of picking Lead Wars up soon:

Lead Wars will be FREE for 24 hours on Tuesday 6th November 2012 as it's being featured by AppTurbo's App Of The Day app!

So be sure to grab it quick as it will be going back to the normal price on Wednesday.


PS. Good job there are no other big gaming releases on Tuesday... </irony>

PPS. Anyone interested in what I'm working on now should check out www.demonstudios.com - Fliptomino is a 'fast action puzzler' that will be coming out early next year on iOS, Mac + other platforms! The best part - there's a pre-Alpha proof-of-concept demo playable RIGHT NOW on PC or Mac. I'll start an upcoming thread here on TA nearer release, just mentioning it here so Lead Wars fans get the first look

Apps: Lead Wars (TA Thread) | Coming soon: Super Grav (1-4 player Thrust-style racer/shooter)
DemonStudios Ltd | Indie Game Developer
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11-05-2012, 06:17 PM
It's passed midnight in the UK now so I've now changed the price of Lead Wars to FREE worldwide for this App Of The Day promotion by AppTurbo!

It will go back to the normal price of $2.99/1.99 on Wednesday evening at 7pm GMT.

(If it's not showing up as free give it 20 minutes or so for the price to propagate through the app store).

Enjoy!

Apps: Lead Wars (TA Thread) | Coming soon: Super Grav (1-4 player Thrust-style racer/shooter)
DemonStudios Ltd | Indie Game Developer
www.demonstudios.com
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11-08-2012, 10:57 AM
Back to paid now - thanks everyone for picking the game up while it was free - all 211,003 of you! Big thanks to AppTurbo for the free App of the Day feature!

Note I'm planning on adding AirPrint to the game so you can print your maps out in hi-res and play real life Lead Wars! Then you can make up whatever rules you like (or have the often-requested boats and helicopters!). Pencil and safety goggles not included.

Apps: Lead Wars (TA Thread) | Coming soon: Super Grav (1-4 player Thrust-style racer/shooter)
DemonStudios Ltd | Indie Game Developer
www.demonstudios.com
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Last edited by DemonJim; 11-21-2012 at 12:24 PM. Reason: Updated final download total
11-21-2012, 06:44 AM
Hi there,

I'd like to know about AppTurbo. Are those downloads real or they are made by bots? Could you confirm that you have 200K new users using the app? Or justo 200K downloads. Thanks!
11-21-2012, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by odaSoft View Post
Hi there,

I'd like to know about AppTurbo. Are those downloads real or they are made by bots? Could you confirm that you have 200K new users using the app? Or justo 200K downloads. Thanks!
They're real downloads for sure. I didn't pay AppTurbo anything for the promotion, they simply featured it in their App of the Day app, so it would make no sense and be of no financial benefit for them to cheat the downloads in this way. Plus it must be really easy for Apple to spot the patterns of bot-farm downloads nowadays (particularly as you need a unique AppleID for every single one).

Just by going free from $2.99 many downloads are from people watching price drop sites and twitter feeds as well remember. The game got an initial boost of about 150k new names on the Leaderboard, and 100s of new names are still posted daily, a week or so later (more than new daily sales, so is clearly people who picked it up during the sale and only just playing it now).

Basically, now is a perfect time to play Lead Wars online, particularly the live mode where you watch the opponent look around the map in real time!

Apps: Lead Wars (TA Thread) | Coming soon: Super Grav (1-4 player Thrust-style racer/shooter)
DemonStudios Ltd | Indie Game Developer
www.demonstudios.com
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Last edited by DemonJim; 11-21-2012 at 12:26 PM.
12-19-2012, 11:39 AM
New version of Lead Wars is now live, v1.7, which adds 24 Sergeant First Class Campaign missions, 3 new built-in maps (created by a fan of the game!) and the ability to import/export custom maps via the Clipboard.

I plan to have a map creator competition at some point in the future so get creating and stay tuned to the @DemonStudios twitter feed!

Happy pencil flicking!

Apps: Lead Wars (TA Thread) | Coming soon: Super Grav (1-4 player Thrust-style racer/shooter)
DemonStudios Ltd | Indie Game Developer
www.demonstudios.com
Follow: Facebook | Twitter
12-20-2012, 03:54 PM
In celebration of the release of v1.7 yesterday, and Christmas / the generic holiday season, Lead Wars will be on sale from $2.99 down to $1.99 / 1.49 from now until the New Year!

Merry Everyone!

Apps: Lead Wars (TA Thread) | Coming soon: Super Grav (1-4 player Thrust-style racer/shooter)
DemonStudios Ltd | Indie Game Developer
www.demonstudios.com
Follow: Facebook | Twitter
12-20-2012, 08:56 PM
Sweet. I haven't played Lead Wars in awhile, but this sounds like a good reason to do so.

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