Great Big War Game (universal) from Rubicon Games is the sequel to their popular hexagon strategy games Great Little War Game. The word ‘big’ isn’t just being thrown into the title here – Great Big War Game is a fantastic follow-up title, with a very lengthy campaign and the same fun graphics and humor that made the first one so entertaining.
Fans of the first game will jump right into the first couple campaign missions, but the game does a great job of introducing new players into the fold by explaining the roles of different units and how to manage building, attacking, and defending in simple, uncluttered text boxes on-screen.
Like the popular multiplayer title Outwitters, the name of the game is building an army and attacking someone’s base, while defending your own from their attack, all playing out on various hexagonal boards.
It would a mistake to lump in Great Big War Game in with the rest of hex-based strategy games – the amazing balancing of units and lengthy missions really put it a notch above many of its genre counterparts. The first few missions are pretty simple load-up-and-charge kind of set-ups, but as the game progresses, the levels become more expansive and the strategy required to complete the level objectives and obtain all the bonus points gets a lot more intricate.
There are times where the game’s speed slows down to a crawl, making small moves and having to click through the same full-screen pop-up menu every time players want to advance a day to the next move. But the amount of action going on with every turn, from sending scouts into the fog to reveal more of the board, or sending precious engineers on dangerous missions, keeps each mission from feeling fresh.
Four different modes, including a pass-and-play and asynchronous online multiplayer modes will keep players busy for hours and hours. There are some great content packs available in the store, which range from the ability to customize unit colors, to extra multiplayer maps and the ability to use different units in multiplayer – a feature that provide a bit of an unfair advantage to those who don’t pay for the extra content, by giving them the ability to use powerful tanks and healing units.
Great Big War Game (universal) is right up there with Fieldrunners 2 as the best sequels to hit iOS so far this year, strategy games or otherwise. Gamers looking for a board-game like deep strategy experience will have a ball with the new features and boards, and new players to the genre will find an open, accessible strategy game waiting at their fingertips.