358443jpgWe missed a couple of high profile game launches released last week in the excitement of WWDC, so we're going through our backlog now. Mecho Wars was one that we'd been anticipating for some time and plan on take a closer look at shortly.

We took a sneak peak at this title in early June. This turn-based strategy game was compared favorably to the DS's popular Advance Wars series.

I know it’s kind of cliche to compare any portable turn-based strategy game to Advance Wars, but Mecho Wars is hard to liken to anything else. Just like as in UniWars, the touch interface works great in this game, and really feels just like playing Advance Wars on the DS with the stylus.

The initial version of the game does not yet contain online-multiplayer but that should be coming in about a month. The initial reactions have been very positive. From forum user Moggy Lloyd:

My first impression of Mecho Wars is that it is a very good game. In fact, it's slightly more than a first impression as I was playing it for several hours last night and found it hard to stop!

I was a little worried before playing that this would be a case of style over substance - something pretty to look at that wouldn't have much under the hood. But that fear was well and truly allayed. This is a very strategic, tactical and absorbing game. There is a lot of depth to it and it's been great fun to play so far.

At the moment, the bulk of the game appears to be the single player campaign mode which is reported to have 13 stages across 3 acts. We'll be doing a formal review of this game shortly.

App Store Link: Mecho Wars $4.99

  • Prozak

    gawdd does this look boring..

  • Prozak

    gawdd does this look boring..

  • Kia

    The fact that it is only 13 stages is kind of off putting. I know it's only $5, and I know it's on iPod, but...eh. I just hate to find a game I love and be done with it in an afternoon.

  • Kia

    The fact that it is only 13 stages is kind of off putting. I know it's only $5, and I know it's on iPod, but...eh. I just hate to find a game I love and be done with it in an afternoon.

  • Dimitris

    it looks like a good advance wars clone.
    I guess I have to buy it!!

  • Dimitris

    it looks like a good advance wars clone.
    I guess I have to buy it!!

  • anthony afterwit

    I have about fifty games for iphone. I've played Uniwar about fifty times more than all of them put together. If this is half as good as Uniwar, I'm in.

    • Rickshaw

      What about multiplayer? Single player is fine but a game like this is begging for a multiplayer mode, and Uniwar, while great, really needs some competition.

      • anthony afterwit

        Played it. It's no Uniwar. First of all, though they say it's coming, right now there's no multiplayer. Fine. But what is totally unacceptable for this type of game is a total lack of unit stats. There's no way to know what kind of strength or abilities the enemy units have. How can you possibly come up with any kind of strategy when you don't know the relative strengths of the units? Ridiculous!

  • anthony afterwit

    I have about fifty games for iphone. I've played Uniwar about fifty times more than all of them put together. If this is half as good as Uniwar, I'm in.

    • Rickshaw

      What about multiplayer? Single player is fine but a game like this is begging for a multiplayer mode, and Uniwar, while great, really needs some competition.

      • anthony afterwit

        Played it. It's no Uniwar. First of all, though they say it's coming, right now there's no multiplayer. Fine. But what is totally unacceptable for this type of game is a total lack of unit stats. There's no way to know what kind of strength or abilities the enemy units have. How can you possibly come up with any kind of strategy when you don't know the relative strengths of the units? Ridiculous!

  • Me

    GIVE US A QUANTUM COLLAPSE REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Alichan76

      It only just came out. I'm sure they're playing it as we speak. Relax!

  • Me

    GIVE US A QUANTUM COLLAPSE REVIEW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Alichan76

      It only just came out. I'm sure they're playing it as we speak. Relax!

  • BAB

    "The fact that it is only 13 stages."

    Many more stages to come, as confirmed by the developer.

  • BAB

    "The fact that it is only 13 stages."

    Many more stages to come, as confirmed by the developer.

  • antonioj

    if the 13 stages were easy...they aren´t...this is strategy game, and a good one...

  • antonioj

    if the 13 stages were easy...they aren´t...this is strategy game, and a good one...

  • Wolfgang Mittermeyer

    Someone really should create a historical turn-based strategy game, such as WW2 or Napoleonics or Ancient history. I'd buy any of those.

    • Guillermo

      I'm still waiting for civilization for iphone...

      • fred

        +1 on civ iphone

    • anthony afterwit

      That would be awesome. I'd pay for both WW2 & a Civ game.

  • Wolfgang Mittermeyer

    Someone really should create a historical turn-based strategy game, such as WW2 or Napoleonics or Ancient history. I'd buy any of those.

    • Guillermo

      I'm still waiting for civilization for iphone...

      • fred

        +1 on civ iphone

    • anthony afterwit

      That would be awesome. I'd pay for both WW2 & a Civ game.

  • http://iphoneconspiracy.blogspot.com/ Gary A Lucero

    My initial impressions of this game were not favorable. It looks good but the colors are very 'magenta' looking. Also, I was a bit baffled with the interface.

    But after spending a couple of hours with it I find it to be a challenging (but not overly so) game that is well balanced and fun. I was afraid it would be insufferable like Advance Wars (Nintendo DS), which has these long, convoluted conversations and is too much for a little device.

    Instead, things are relatively streamlined in Mecho Wars, and though missions can take 10+ minutes to complete, the game play is compelling and well done. It isn't perfect but it's very good.

  • http://iphoneconspiracy.blogspot.com/ Gary A Lucero

    My initial impressions of this game were not favorable. It looks good but the colors are very 'magenta' looking. Also, I was a bit baffled with the interface.

    But after spending a couple of hours with it I find it to be a challenging (but not overly so) game that is well balanced and fun. I was afraid it would be insufferable like Advance Wars (Nintendo DS), which has these long, convoluted conversations and is too much for a little device.

    Instead, things are relatively streamlined in Mecho Wars, and though missions can take 10+ minutes to complete, the game play is compelling and well done. It isn't perfect but it's very good.

  • http://www.gadlaw.com gadlaw

    Well, Mecho Wars is on Sale this Saturday Night 20 June for 99 cents. I picked it up, lots of fun for 99 cents.

  • http://www.gadlaw.com gadlaw

    Well, Mecho Wars is on Sale this Saturday Night 20 June for 99 cents. I picked it up, lots of fun for 99 cents.