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Good hardcore strategy games for the iPad?

12-14-2010, 01:50 PM
#1
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Finland
Posts: 15
Good hardcore strategy games for the iPad?

Does the iPad have good hardcore strategy games? Not RTS swipe-as-fast-as-you-can games, card games or similar, but traditional strategy or war games. I'm thinking about games similar to Battle for Wesnoth, any old SSI games, the Combat Mission series (3D graphics not needed). The strategy games I've seen so far are mostly quite light weight.

I know, the audience is likely quite small and probably discourages developers, but at least I'd buy good games.

Any recommendations for good games or games that I should definitely stay away from?
12-14-2010, 02:09 PM
#2
Risk HD just came out today. i picked up "Reiner Knizia's thru the Desert" and his Labyrinth yesterday. iheroes and War of Eustrath HD are good too! Those are ipad only.

some iphone strats i like:
Strongholds, Neo Nectaris, Mecho Wars, Uniwar, Rogue Planet

12-14-2010, 02:32 PM
#3
Joined: Nov 2010
Posts: 21
Battle for Wesnoth is available for the iPad (not sure if you realised that or not)

Civilization Revolution is very well done - I much prefer the iPad version over both XBox and DS (I have all 3). Hardcore fans of "normal" Civilization will probably not appreciate it because it is VERY streamlined but this does mean you can finish a game in 1-2 hours.

I cannot think of any others unfortunately! I am sure it is just a matter of time though since the iPad is perfect for this type of game. I would love some kind of Laser Squad/Rebelstar game or Advance Wars (but unless everyone stops buying Nintendo DS consoles overnight that is never gonna happen!)
12-14-2010, 03:05 PM
#4
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Originally Posted by zilog View Post
Battle for Wesnoth is available for the iPad (not sure if you realised that or not)

Civilization Revolution is very well done - I much prefer the iPad version over both XBox and DS (I have all 3). Hardcore fans of "normal" Civilization will probably not appreciate it because it is VERY streamlined but this does mean you can finish a game in 1-2 hours.

I cannot think of any others unfortunately! I am sure it is just a matter of time though since the iPad is perfect for this type of game. I would love some kind of Laser Squad/Rebelstar game or Advance Wars (but unless everyone stops buying Nintendo DS consoles overnight that is never gonna happen!)
If you read the review on the main page it says its not srreamlined and basically a port of sim city 3000.
12-14-2010, 03:07 PM
#5
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Originally Posted by TheDukester View Post
Not really.

There's quite a few good strategy games in lighter weight classes Neuroshima Hex, Catan, Small World, many of the Knizia titles, etc. but nothing yet in the realm of what might be considered "wargames" or "heavy" strategy games.

I'm with you I'd be a purchaser, too. But I think we are in the minority. Also, a traditional wargame would likely be expensive and risky to develop.

At this point, I'd gladly settle for Ogre or G.E.V., though ...
Not by a small studio it wouldnt or indy devs. And look at how succesful the totsl war series has been. How expensive would it be for segs to port on of them when it is already finished?
12-14-2010, 04:06 PM
#6
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Finland
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Well, I'm actually a part of the team that made "Reiner Knizia's Through the Desert", so it's quite familiar. I am looking for somewhat more in depth strategy games though.

I was aware that Wesnoth is available for the iPad, that's why I used it as an example.
12-14-2010, 04:09 PM
#7
Joined: May 2010
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Im not that familiar from the game but I remember the ipod version was talked about alot on the forums, Land Sea Air Warfare.
12-14-2010, 04:11 PM
#8
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Finland
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In my free time I'm working on a dead simple wargame too, something along the lines of the classic "Empire Deluxe". If it works out and actually ever gets completed I guess one could move in a more hardcore direction by picking ideas from the really old telnet based Empire games (such as Wolfpack Empire).

But, this is not yet ready and perhaps never will be, so it won't satisfy my hunger for some strategic thinking.
12-14-2010, 04:13 PM
#9
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Originally Posted by Stirolak26 View Post
If you read the review on the main page it says its not srreamlined and basically a port of sim city 3000.
I reread the post you quoted several times, but alas, I still can't tell why you're talking about SimCity.

Strategy is a genre much neglected on iOS games, which is unfortunate.
12-14-2010, 04:29 PM
#10
Joined: Jun 2009
Posts: 10,965
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Originally Posted by zilog View Post
Laser Squad/Rebelstar
Not universal, but Commodore 64 included Lazer Squad as a free game.

For Advance Wars, there is Mecho Wars (which might even still be free!)

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Originally Posted by TheDukester View Post
At this point, I'd gladly settle for Ogre
Runs great under iDOS , which unfortunately got pulled... (Runs XCom and the others as well )

The War of Eustrath is on iPad, and is a fairly serious wargame...

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Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post
Squids!?

Worst idea ever!