There are a lot of options for turn-based and real-time strategy games on the App Store, and plenty of quality role-playing games too. But if you're looking for a combination of the two, your choices are sorely limited (unless you want to count the Sega rerelease of Genesis classic Shining Force [$2.99] that just came out). That changed yesterday however with the release of The War of Eustrath [$2.99] for iPhone. iPad owners have been enjoying this title for almost two months now, since The War of Eustrath HD [$7.99] has been available since early June. Now that the iPhone version has arrived, owners of both devices can enjoy tactical turn-based battles wrapped in an intriguing anime storyline.

Since I missed the iPad version of The War of Eustrath the first time around, I was really excited to engage in some tactical battles with the iPhone version. What I wasn't expecting is to actually be engrossed in the storyline that accompanies the action. It certainly has some cliché elements, but the anime style character portraits and feelings of emotion they convey do a great job of keeping you interested in what's going on. The only major issue in this department is the many grammatical errors that plague the written text, but it's never to the point that you can't follow along or misunderstand what is trying to be said.

Besides the surprisingly good story, there are some excellent tactical battles in The War of Eustrath. Your team of characters in the game control giant mechs called GEARs which can be upgraded and leveled up as you play. Each GEAR can have elemental tendencies such as lighting or air that give them additional special abilities. Battles take place on an overhead grid in turn-based fashion, and engaging with enemies shows the battle play out in a zoomed in side view of the GEARs. The different terrains you travel to during the game are varied and play a big part in choosing your strategy for each battle. It's all pretty standard stuff for games like this, but is well done and enjoyable.

What's really nice about The War of Eustrath is that the UI has been built lovingly around the touch interface. Accessing menus and moving your team around the maps works really well, and the extra screen real estate of the iPad provides an even less cluttered experience (although at a substantially higher price). Things feel a little cramped on the iPhone, but not overwhelmingly so. There's also a ton of content in the game with over 50 campaign missions, some of which can play out with multiple results, altering how the story flows. Players in our forums are loving the game, as iPad owners have for the last couple months in that versions game thread. If you like tactical turn-based battling, giant upgradeable robots, and compelling storytelling, take a look at The War of Eustrath for either iPhone or iPad.

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  • http://dear-apple.com Dear Apple

    Is it like Advance Wars? Can anybody compare?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      More like Fire Emblem and Super Robot Wars -- in other words, more tactical than strategic.

      • Justlegos

        I was scrolling down on the main page and saw the screenshot and thought it was fire emblem, but in the future :D

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Funny, you've just proven me wrong on an issue that came up in the forum thread on the game. People do scroll down on the main page ;).

  • http://dear-apple.com Dear Apple

    Is it like Advance Wars? Can anybody compare?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      More like Fire Emblem and Super Robot Wars -- in other words, more tactical than strategic.

      • Justlegos

        I was scrolling down on the main page and saw the screenshot and thought it was fire emblem, but in the future :D

      • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

        Funny, you've just proven me wrong on an issue that came up in the forum thread on the game. People do scroll down on the main page ;).

  • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

    A shame this game isn't getting more attention! It's a very lovingly crafted SRPG, that will keep you playing for hours on end... Honestly, if you enjoy games like Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, or Super Robot Wars you owe it to yourself to try out War of Eustrath :D

  • http://www.ChronoSoft.com CommanderData

    A shame this game isn't getting more attention! It's a very lovingly crafted SRPG, that will keep you playing for hours on end... Honestly, if you enjoy games like Advance Wars, Fire Emblem, or Super Robot Wars you owe it to yourself to try out War of Eustrath :D

  • Johnny California

    Its a really great game that deserves a sequel!!!! O MAN how badass would it be if they included online play... to see who has the better GEARS!!!!

  • Johnny California

    Its a really great game that deserves a sequel!!!! O MAN how badass would it be if they included online play... to see who has the better GEARS!!!!

  • klouud

    I'm becoming somewhat of a spoiled graphics whore when it comes to the iPhone. The in-game graphics are not grabbing my attention - how do graphics stack up against Square's Song Summoner?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      The field map graphics of Song Summoner look like a cellphone port. The ones on WoE don't, even though they're still old school -- this game was made for the iPhone.

      In terms of gameplay, though, there's no comparison: WoE is much, much better.

  • klouud

    I'm becoming somewhat of a spoiled graphics whore when it comes to the iPhone. The in-game graphics are not grabbing my attention - how do graphics stack up against Square's Song Summoner?

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      The field map graphics of Song Summoner look like a cellphone port. The ones on WoE don't, even though they're still old school -- this game was made for the iPhone.

      In terms of gameplay, though, there's no comparison: WoE is much, much better.

  • http://youtube.com/thetuxedotudors panadub

    this game is just like firemlem or advanced wars but with a... i'd say gundam feel to it.

  • http://youtube.com/thetuxedotudors panadub

    this game is just like firemlem or advanced wars but with a... i'd say gundam feel to it.

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    Finally! I was beginning to think TouchArcade would skip this title, a decision that would be incomprehensible to me. For the iPad, this game is among the very best right now as far as TBS goes. The quality of the game is really high, which I find wasn't stressed enough in the article. You'll really be impressed if you just got an iPad; I haven't seen the iPhone version, though.

    Like others said (and thousands of people clamoured for), if you like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, you'd be crazy not to get this game for your iPad or iPhone. Tons of gameplay, high quality and just lovingly made.

  • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

    Finally! I was beginning to think TouchArcade would skip this title, a decision that would be incomprehensible to me. For the iPad, this game is among the very best right now as far as TBS goes. The quality of the game is really high, which I find wasn't stressed enough in the article. You'll really be impressed if you just got an iPad; I haven't seen the iPhone version, though.

    Like others said (and thousands of people clamoured for), if you like Advance Wars and Fire Emblem, you'd be crazy not to get this game for your iPad or iPhone. Tons of gameplay, high quality and just lovingly made.

  • HipHopTouch

    Price seems too high to take the bite for the iPad.

    Reviews on the AppStore don't seem as loving as Thaurin's review of it and after buying so many app's on the AppStore, I'm reluctant to take the plunge on a £5 app. Maybe at £3.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      It's got 4 stars in the US store; the only issue people have brought up (besides grammar errors) is that it's unstable on older devices running 4.0. If you have a 3GS or a 3rd Gen you shouldn't have any problems. 2nd Gen user on 3.x you have had a few crashed but nothing gamebreaking, and apparently 3G users on 4.01 are okay too.

      • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

        That, and the issue of blurry map graphics on iPad, which I don't really find all that bad. The game itself and the way it is presented are simply very good.

  • HipHopTouch

    Price seems too high to take the bite for the iPad.

    Reviews on the AppStore don't seem as loving as Thaurin's review of it and after buying so many app's on the AppStore, I'm reluctant to take the plunge on a £5 app. Maybe at £3.

    • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

      It's got 4 stars in the US store; the only issue people have brought up (besides grammar errors) is that it's unstable on older devices running 4.0. If you have a 3GS or a 3rd Gen you shouldn't have any problems. 2nd Gen user on 3.x you have had a few crashed but nothing gamebreaking, and apparently 3G users on 4.01 are okay too.

      • http://www.mentation.nl/thanatist/ Thaurin

        That, and the issue of blurry map graphics on iPad, which I don't really find all that bad. The game itself and the way it is presented are simply very good.

  • Quickmix

    Great Game. I play it since 2 Week.

  • Quickmix

    Great Game. I play it since 2 Week.

  • HeartHug

    The War of Eustrath HD for iPad - Review
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqAY27NlpLE

  • HeartHug

    The War of Eustrath HD for iPad - Review
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqAY27NlpLE

  • Chinito77

    Nice character and mecha designs. The battles look a little dry. It doesn't have the nice animations or cut ins like Super Robot Wars but since there is nothing better on the iPhone, this should suffice. Please Bandai, bring an SRW game out!

    • riechan

      The fact that Eustrath looked so similar to the SRW series made me download this game! Especially loved the character designs, however, both the mecha sprites and the animation needs to get a huge overhaul.

  • Chinito77

    Nice character and mecha designs. The battles look a little dry. It doesn't have the nice animations or cut ins like Super Robot Wars but since there is nothing better on the iPhone, this should suffice. Please Bandai, bring an SRW game out!

    • riechan

      The fact that Eustrath looked so similar to the SRW series made me download this game! Especially loved the character designs, however, both the mecha sprites and the animation needs to get a huge overhaul.

  • Isaac

    I have OS 4.0 and the game is booting and locking down my iPOd. This is very annoying, the game itself is very nice, but this bug should be fixed soon.

  • Isaac

    I have OS 4.0 and the game is booting and locking down my iPOd. This is very annoying, the game itself is very nice, but this bug should be fixed soon.

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    Not enjoying having to watch all the battle animations.

  • http://soiled.com Gload

    Not enjoying having to watch all the battle animations.

  • Rizhome

    I love this game. It reminds me of front mission and fire emblem.

  • Rizhome

    I love this game. It reminds me of front mission and fire emblem.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.arrow.12 James Arrow

    I dunno how good the story is but it's exactly the cliches which put me off of this game! Oh my goodness...

The War of Eustrath HD Reviewed by Jared Nelson on . Rating: 4