uniwar-screenshot-2Another developer we met at GDC was Alexander Kral of Javaground, Inc.. JavaGround had been a mobile developer since 2001, but is now introducing their first original iPhone game in the coming weeks and offered us this exclusive preview.

UniWar is a turn-based strategy game that resembles Advance Wars. You command and build an army on a grid-map with the goal of controling all the bases and destroying your enemies. New units may be purchased with money that you've accumulated. As you learn the advantages of the terrain and your units, you can improve you gameplay to defeat your opponents.

The most interesting part of this game, however, is its implementation of multiplayer. The game offers an asynchronous online multiplayer option which allows you to play against people across the world at your leisure. (This is a similar system to Newtoy's Chess with Friends [App Store]). In Uniwar, you can join up to 20 different games to play in parallel. When you make a move in one of your matches, it is sent up to the server and is transmitted to your opponent the next time they launch their game. This type of turn-based system frees you to play the game at your leisure.

Aside from online multiplayer, you can also play against the computer, against a friend on the same device or play a campaign mode with 20 missions.

Different maps support different configurations and a different number of players. Team play allows 2 vs 2, 3 vs 3, and 4 vs 4 configurations.


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UniWar is expected to be submitted to Apple later this week and should become available shortly after that. Pricing has not yet been announced.

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    This looks awesome. Finally a turn based strategy game with some decent graphics. I've been playing "Slay" for the last couple of days and am only able to manage beating the maps in "Easy" mode - tried the first map in "Hard" about 50 times, no chance, meaning the balance is horrible and the graphics and sounds are shoddy.

    What I don't like about this one here is the units. I mean come on why animals? What happened to the good old Tanks/Army/War machinery? I'm not a five year old.

  • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

    This looks awesome. Finally a turn based strategy game with some decent graphics. I've been playing "Slay" for the last couple of days and am only able to manage beating the maps in "Easy" mode - tried the first map in "Hard" about 50 times, no chance, meaning the balance is horrible and the graphics and sounds are shoddy.

    What I don't like about this one here is the units. I mean come on why animals? What happened to the good old Tanks/Army/War machinery? I'm not a five year old.

  • http://nicolinux.org Nicolinux

    Wow, this game looks nice. I hope that more and more "casual online multiplayer" game models emerge. It just fits the nature of the iPhone. I wonder though what happens to realtime multiplayer games? Is it that hard to implement. Other platforms have already succeeded in this field. Granted one would have to take care of differences in the connection type (edge, umts, wlan(dsl, cable)).

  • http://nicolinux.org Nicolinux

    Wow, this game looks nice. I hope that more and more "casual online multiplayer" game models emerge. It just fits the nature of the iPhone. I wonder though what happens to realtime multiplayer games? Is it that hard to implement. Other platforms have already succeeded in this field. Granted one would have to take care of differences in the connection type (edge, umts, wlan(dsl, cable)).

  • David

    It reminds me more of "Master of Monsters" than "Advance Wars"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Monsters

  • David

    It reminds me more of "Master of Monsters" than "Advance Wars"

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_of_Monsters

  • Rog_Smashy

    It actually reminded me of military madness on the old TG-16
    http://classicgaming.gamespy.com/View.php?view=GameMuseum.Detail&id=18

  • Rog_Smashy

    It actually reminded me of military madness on the old TG-16
    http://classicgaming.gamespy.com/View.php?view=GameMuseum.Detail&id=18

  • Akira

    @Nicolinux: "It just fits the nature of the iPhone"

    Uniwar dosen't seem casual at all...

    As Warfare, or Sim city or etc etc, ...

    Iphone's game are casual or not, but Iphone itself isn't casual or not...

  • Akira

    @Nicolinux: "It just fits the nature of the iPhone"

    Uniwar dosen't seem casual at all...

    As Warfare, or Sim city or etc etc, ...

    Iphone's game are casual or not, but Iphone itself isn't casual or not...

  • http://nodpad.com No DPad

    I like the idea of asynchronous multiplayer. Not everyone has the time finish a full game, especially on an iPhone. So this makes it easier.

  • http://nodpad.com No DPad

    I like the idea of asynchronous multiplayer. Not everyone has the time finish a full game, especially on an iPhone. So this makes it easier.

  • Aidan

    wow FINALLY!!! a decent turn-based strategy game for the iPhone. I'll be checking this one out first thing.

  • Aidan

    wow FINALLY!!! a decent turn-based strategy game for the iPhone. I'll be checking this one out first thing.

  • Ballpeen

    Doesn't seem like there would be that much difficulty in having a "live" multiplayer turn based game. The movements could be sent as simple lines of text in the background to the other player's game.

    Maybe the difficulty has something to do with the carrier's network? Does it become a "phone call" when you need quick transmission&response between 2 phones? Otherwise is the priority of the transmission low?

    Anyway this game looks like a winner in my book. Too few turn based strategy games!

  • Ballpeen

    Doesn't seem like there would be that much difficulty in having a "live" multiplayer turn based game. The movements could be sent as simple lines of text in the background to the other player's game.

    Maybe the difficulty has something to do with the carrier's network? Does it become a "phone call" when you need quick transmission&response between 2 phones? Otherwise is the priority of the transmission low?

    Anyway this game looks like a winner in my book. Too few turn based strategy games!

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  • t0b0r

    this game looks pretty cool.
    I wish someone would bring X-com, or something similar to the iphone

  • t0b0r

    this game looks pretty cool.
    I wish someone would bring X-com, or something similar to the iphone

  • c-Row

    "Advance Wars"? Pfft... Battle Isle ftw!

    • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

      No - History Line FTW!

      Best Blue Byte Hexagon game ever. I don't know why they never did a sequel that game just rocked...

      • c-Row

        I would love to see a History Line sequel with the game mechanics of BI2, i.e. sequential turns instead of simultaneous moving/attacking.

      • alec

        FIRE EMBLEM FTW AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH haha no really the design is perfect for FE it must be done!!!

  • c-Row

    "Advance Wars"? Pfft... Battle Isle ftw!

    • http://www.peitsch.de Sebastian

      No - History Line FTW!

      Best Blue Byte Hexagon game ever. I don't know why they never did a sequel that game just rocked...

      • c-Row

        I would love to see a History Line sequel with the game mechanics of BI2, i.e. sequential turns instead of simultaneous moving/attacking.

      • alec

        FIRE EMBLEM FTW AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH haha no really the design is perfect for FE it must be done!!!

  • Zelnox

    Actually, I think it plays more like the open-source game Battle of Wesnoth. A turn-based strategy game on a hex, with similar artwork.

  • Zelnox

    Actually, I think it plays more like the open-source game Battle of Wesnoth. A turn-based strategy game on a hex, with similar artwork.

  • http://jessewonderclark.com Lankershim

    I am having a heart attack I want this game so bad.

  • http://jessewonderclark.com Lankershim

    I am having a heart attack I want this game so bad.

  • TomBombadil

    Looks AWESOME!!! Finally a good looking TBG. I love how they have implemented multi-player. Can't wait.

  • TomBombadil

    Looks AWESOME!!! Finally a good looking TBG. I love how they have implemented multi-player. Can't wait.

  • Luc Bernard

    Shame there is no overworld or battle animations on this game.

    • Kralux

      There are battle animations in this game in fact. And some of them are pretty cool.

  • Luc Bernard

    Shame there is no overworld or battle animations on this game.

    • Kralux

      There are battle animations in this game in fact. And some of them are pretty cool.

  • WhySoSerious

    lol........he said "coming out with a big unit".......hehe

  • WhySoSerious

    lol........he said "coming out with a big unit".......hehe

  • pablete

    This game is very promising! I am sure it will be a success!
    The graphics looks very good, and i like very much the idea of multiplayer mode.
    I hope they release it very soon!

  • pablete

    This game is very promising! I am sure it will be a success!
    The graphics looks very good, and i like very much the idea of multiplayer mode.
    I hope they release it very soon!

  • Mythbuster

    Any news? I am waiting for it but I cannot find any information about it!

  • Mythbuster

    Any news? I am waiting for it but I cannot find any information about it!

  • http://www.xpressed.com MrXpressed

    It is in the process of submitting to the App Store this week! I'd check back in week or two. Also: http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/UniWar/news.asp?c=12540

  • http://www.xpressed.com MrXpressed

    It is in the process of submitting to the App Store this week! I'd check back in week or two. Also: http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/UniWar/news.asp?c=12540

  • Freddie

    A decent Shining Force I+II clone would make me happier than a monkey on heroin but i guess hell will freeze over before a decent Strategic J-RPG pops up on the Iphone. Fire emblem is good but a number of in my opinion stupid design flaws makes it less attractive (breaking weapons and the rock-paper-scissors weapon system plus the fact that most fighters have no role in the story because they can die at any time are my main concerns) FFT for the PSX are good, the GBA versions are terrible in comparison. Haven´t really tried the Disgaea series but it seems good but due to lack of experience i rely cant say so i´m sticking to the Shining Force series superiority theory. //F

  • Freddie

    A decent Shining Force I+II clone would make me happier than a monkey on heroin but i guess hell will freeze over before a decent Strategic J-RPG pops up on the Iphone. Fire emblem is good but a number of in my opinion stupid design flaws makes it less attractive (breaking weapons and the rock-paper-scissors weapon system plus the fact that most fighters have no role in the story because they can die at any time are my main concerns) FFT for the PSX are good, the GBA versions are terrible in comparison. Haven´t really tried the Disgaea series but it seems good but due to lack of experience i rely cant say so i´m sticking to the Shining Force series superiority theory. //F

  • Freddie

    Pardon the quality of my somewhat inconsistent spelling- English is not my native language (I typed "rely" when I ment "really" for example). This is mostly not due to ignorance but stress and not reading through what I have typed before posting. Pleace forgive my hastiness in this matter. /peace-F

  • Freddie

    Pardon the quality of my somewhat inconsistent spelling- English is not my native language (I typed "rely" when I ment "really" for example). This is mostly not due to ignorance but stress and not reading through what I have typed before posting. Pleace forgive my hastiness in this matter. /peace-F

  • Gee!

    I would give my left test-icicle for a remake of "X-Com", "Rebelstar: Tactical Command" or "Jagged Alliance". I love the squad-based, tactical strategy titles best. I always had a problem w/ "J-Style" strat titles like "Final Fantasy Tactics" for one simple reason.... make that two: A) no Line-of-sight mechanics, and B) no COVER system! This one pisses me off, most of all! If I have a unit standing behind a WALL, why the hell should a ranged unit be able to fire straight into the air, and have his projectile hit me, unfailingly, every single time!?

    "Rebelstar" is one of the unsung classics of the GBA system. I loved it. It's weldwd into my GBA Micro.

    http://www.1up.com/do/gameOverview?cId=3139153

    • t0b0r

      I couldn't agree more. Rebelstar kicked ass. I have never heard of Jagged Alliance. Was it a pc/mac title, or was it for a particular gaming system.
      Besides the use of cover, and destructable environments, my favorite thing about X-Com was the level of customization you could do with your units, and bases. If they could bring that to the iphone I would be ecstatic.

  • Gee!

    I would give my left test-icicle for a remake of "X-Com", "Rebelstar: Tactical Command" or "Jagged Alliance". I love the squad-based, tactical strategy titles best. I always had a problem w/ "J-Style" strat titles like "Final Fantasy Tactics" for one simple reason.... make that two: A) no Line-of-sight mechanics, and B) no COVER system! This one pisses me off, most of all! If I have a unit standing behind a WALL, why the hell should a ranged unit be able to fire straight into the air, and have his projectile hit me, unfailingly, every single time!?

    "Rebelstar" is one of the unsung classics of the GBA system. I loved it. It's weldwd into my GBA Micro.

    http://www.1up.com/do/gameOverview?cId=3139153

    • t0b0r

      I couldn't agree more. Rebelstar kicked ass. I have never heard of Jagged Alliance. Was it a pc/mac title, or was it for a particular gaming system.
      Besides the use of cover, and destructable environments, my favorite thing about X-Com was the level of customization you could do with your units, and bases. If they could bring that to the iphone I would be ecstatic.

  • hurle

    can't wait for this being released. does anyone know a good pc/mac-game like this?

    • hurle

      found weewar.com

  • hurle

    can't wait for this being released. does anyone know a good pc/mac-game like this?

    • hurle

      found weewar.com

  • http://www.xpressed.com MrXpressed

    Still under apple's approval system. Hope to launch soon but could take awhile. Sign up to get notified: http://uniwar.com/

    • HardcoreEric

      I still have my fingers crossed for tonight. If not, next week will be a good one.

  • http://www.xpressed.com MrXpressed

    Still under apple's approval system. Hope to launch soon but could take awhile. Sign up to get notified: http://uniwar.com/

    • HardcoreEric

      I still have my fingers crossed for tonight. If not, next week will be a good one.

  • pablete

    i believe that uniwar will be available to be played also on a web browser, so we will not be only limited to play on a cell phone... LOOKS GOOD!

  • pablete

    i believe that uniwar will be available to be played also on a web browser, so we will not be only limited to play on a cell phone... LOOKS GOOD!

  • http://niroze.net Christopher Humphries

    This game is so fun and the tactics change based on the race combo (like in StarCraft). Nice mix of WeeWar.com and StarCraft for the iPhone.

    Very very fun and can be played in small doses.

  • http://niroze.net Christopher Humphries

    This game is so fun and the tactics change based on the race combo (like in StarCraft). Nice mix of WeeWar.com and StarCraft for the iPhone.

    Very very fun and can be played in small doses.