Android App Video Review: Great Little War Game

by Andrew Koziara

Great Little War Game has finally been released on Android devices. This turn-based strategy game from Rubicon Development is teeming with content. The graphics are simple and charming, the game play is strategic and balanced, and there is plenty to do in this one.

There aren't very many turn-based strategy games on mobile devices that are really noteworthy, but this is one of them. The campaign mode sets out to teach you the ins and outs of the game, slowly introducing new units and enemies as you go along. Line of sight and differing terrain factor into the grid based maps, and as such the game boasts a lot of variety and depth. You'll need to adjust your strategy to each new map accordingly, setting ambushes, using higher terrain to your advantage, and eventually capturing the enemies base. Other levels are completely defensive as you stave off waves of ambushing enemies. Jeeps, tanks, boats, and helicopters all change the game up as well. Your performance in the game is rated based on how many turns it takes you to succeed.

The game also features a skirmish mode to help you hone your skills. Should you want to play with a friend, pass and play is also supported. This game comes equipped with the extra campaign entitled "Call of Booty" in which The Generalissimo is just trying to impress his date with his battle prowess. The game experienced some slow down on my Nexus One, though tweaking the settings and graphics made it run pretty smoothly. I still had to deal with several force closes, which kept me from making much progress. Though, I've played this game quite a bit on my iPhone, so you can still trust that I know what I'm talking about.

The game is teeming with humor, from the story to the blurbs of dialogue and the tiny models themselves. As a turn-based strategy game, it's obviously very slow and methodical, and will likely only appeal to a certain kind of gamer, so don't say I didn't warn you. That being said, this is a game that can keep you busy for days. There are plenty of OpenFeint achievements to go for, and the game is only three dollars. Join the war effort today.

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