Total War is one of the most popular war strategy game franchises on the PC, and SEGA is now bringing it to iOS gamers. Total War Battles: Shogun, available now in the App Store, is a re-imagining of Total War, not a PC port, which means fans of the PC series are going to be all angry and bitter about it and leave 1 star reviews in iTunes, while those looking for a great iOS strategy game will be thrilled.
Total War Battles: Shogun puts players in the role of a hot-headed young samurai who vows to avenge the death of his father. He embarks upon on a journey of conquest across medieval Japan, through over 15 hours of thrilling and unique tactical challenges. Players will construct bases, train armies of Samurai, Warrior Monks and stealthy Ninja, marching them into battle against their foes. Alongside 27 core missions, there are also 18 challenging side-quests that generate extra experience points. Players can use these to upgrade their buildings and units, and gain the edge in future battles.
SEGA and developer The Creative Assembly were wise to create an iOS-specific version of Total War as opposed to porting the PC version, as that’s simply too big for iOS devices, and would be extremely unwieldy to control. Rather, Total War Battles: Shogun is designed specifically for touch-screen devices, scaling its appearance to provide the best experience on each iDevice. Owners of the new iPad will be happy to know the game takes full advantage of iPad 3’s high-resolution Retina display.
Unfortunately, although multiplayer is included, it’s 1 vs. 1 local multiplayer only; no GameCenter or Open Feint support. SEGA does promise on the Total War Battles website that more features are coming soon, so hopefully online multiplayer is amongst those.
Total War Battles: Shogun is a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, and is available now in the App Store for $6.99. An Appletell review will be posted soon.
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