Pocket World at War [rating: 4.5/5]
We’ve reviewed a few different Risk clones and the original Risk itself over the last few months and now comes another with one major difference, for Pocket World at War from Prolific Games Inc plays in real time, there are no dice and you don’t have to wait for the other players to make their move before you make yours. Having said that your opponents don’t have to wait for you either!
The game is based in WW2 and recreates a variety of real battles from the time, each with a brief description of the battle before the game is launched so the game is educational too!
Each level places you with a birds eye view of the battlefield, which while lacking detail does look effective. On the battlefield will be placed your units, tanks and soldiers represented by color-coded arrows. If any of you have seen the intro to the British classic comedy Dads Army you’ll know exactly what I mean!
Movement is done be drawing lines on the screen of where you would like you troops to go, simply select the piece you want to move and drag it to where you want to go. With the piece selected the name, size and morale of that piece will also be shown. The morale is a key piece of the game as while your moral is high you will inflict more damage on your opponents, however as your pieces weaken you may need to withdraw them to prevent them from reaching breaking point and ultimately being wiped out.
Your morale can also be boosted by being fortified on a base and being helped by other units, should your unit reach breaking point all is not lost as you can withdraw the unit to a save distance where, given time, it will recover to fight another day.
This adds a nice level of strategy to the 20 levels of the game which are played over 4 different campaigns, from Normandy and Hedgerows to Germany and the Eastern Front you can play the first couple of levels on all fronts if you like before going on to unlock the others.
The challenge is relatively high which keeps things interesting and so you should find yourself entertained for a few hours at least, this is extended if you plan to complete all 12 achievements and master the leader-boards that all provided thanks to the Game Center integration.
At just 99 cents it’s a worthy addition to anyone’s game catalog in its own right, the addition of more levels and even a multi-player option via a future update would make it even better value for money!
- Risk in real time!
- 20 real levels of strategic challenges
- Simple controls
- More levels would be nice
- Multi-player options
$0.99 (View in iTunes)
Updated: Dec 10, 2010
Current Version: 1.2
Seller: Prolific Games
© 2010 Prolific Games Inc.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later