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Total War Battles: Shogun
Resistance is feudal
By Mark Brown 19 April 2012
Total War Battles: Shogun | Developer:
The Creative Assembly | Publisher:
Sega | Format:
iPhone, iPad | Genre:
Strategy | Players:
1-2 | Networking:
on one device | Version:
The impressive thing about Total War Battles: Shogun is the way that Creative Assembly has taken the Total War franchise, stripped away layers of fiddly complexity, and still managed to deliver a sophisticated real-time strategy game.
There are still plenty of units to hire, each with its own benefits and drawbacks. But there are no stats to calculate, and no health bars to fret over. You can glean all that information simply by looking at your samurai.
Skirmishes are shorter, and much more focused. In this game strategy is about making the most efficient use of the cramped battleground. Buildings, for example, have huge footprints and are terribly particular about where they can and can't be placed.
This high-quality production dramatically streamlines the RTS genre for mobile play, while making sure it's packed with enough tactical depth to make its many skirmishes tense and exciting