A game that has recently caught my eye in our forums is Great Little War Game from Rubicon Development. It’s a turn-based strategy game similar to Advance Wars or iOS’s own Mecho Wars [99¢], but with a few unique twists that the developers hope set it apart from the rest. As an example, line of sight and terrain will factor into the gameplay, so you’ll be able to hide behind barriers or use elevation to gain increased attack range.

What really stands out about Great Little War Game is the graphical style which has a cartoonish look and uses 3D models for characters and vehicles. You can get a great feel for the game by checking out the following trailer:

Great Little War Game is in the final stages of beta testing, and barring any sort of huge issue will be submitted to Apple sometime this week. There is an active thread in our forums with a lot of additional information, and Rubicon is actively discussing the game there with our members.

Great Little War Game will launch for 99¢ for 3rd generation and above iPhone and iPod touches, and $2.99 for the iPad version. It will contain a 20 mission campaign with an additional 10 mission level pack that can be purchased as a 99¢ IAP. Unfortunately no skirmish or multiplayer modes will make it into the initial release, though they remain options for future versions of the game if sales are strong enough. We’ll keep our eyes peeled for Great Little War Game to hit the App Store in the next several weeks.

  • Aer2

    nice, but lost me at the IAP.

    • Steviebwoy78

      Oh yeah, cos $1.98 is sooo expensive for thirty missions. If you can't afford $2 how did you ever afford an iPhone!

  • ColeDaddy

    IAPs are fine as long as they aren't essential. Infinity Blade is a perfect example of gamers acquiring the skills the old-fashioned way, by earning it. I don't like IAPs if it is essential for progressing further into the game. That being said, this game looks like like an instabuy for me.

  • C.Hannum

    I am so there unless this thing just launches as a pile of dog doo. Played all the Advance Wars (FYI, Aer2, That's about $100 right there for this type of game on other platforms, and if you wanted multiplayer everyone needed their own cartridge, are you really freaking out about $2 for unlimited play in a single household?)

  • Jas

    Lost me at the triple priced iPad version

    • Anonymous

      You mean to say that $2.99 is out of your budget?

      I just recently acquired an iPad for testing purposes and were distraught that everything was more expensive on the iPad, even though 99% of the code is essentially the same.

      • Adams Immersive

        Another way to look at it is that iPad games are absurdly cheap, and iPhone/iPod games even more so!

        A lot of factors (not just code, but the market itself) go into a game’s pricing, and I’m actually glade the “race to the bottom” has been slower on iPad.

        And if a game isn’t worth $2.99 to me (to encourage hardworking developers to bring me great stuff) then it’s probably not worth my time to play it either.

  • Jmslovatt

    This looks sick, people need to stop being cheapskates, you can't even buy a pint for that much!

  • Blib

    Would support this game at 3x the price. I'm hoping to see this dev healthy as it looks like they do high quality work, and like the same games I do.

  • uahero

    Multiplayer over GemeCenter is must for this title.

  • P0tent1al

    Can I have an option to switch off the blood? .. seems a little out of place with the cool cartoony style. Aside from that minor gripe, I love the look of this... fingers crossed for a great title... 🙂

    • somedude

      Yeah, it didn't bother me a ton until a friggin tank exploded in a shower of blood 🙂

    • Adams Immersive

      I’d like that option too. Even if the blood doesn’t offend me personally, I’d like to be able to play the game in front of a mixed audience.

  • Anonymous

    Hex based? FINALLY a TBS game that's decent.

  • Brabad

    Insta buy the iap works for me considering this game 99 cents and looks like its worth quite a bit more than that

  • Paul

    A note from the developer: The blood has gone by popular demand. And to those that think 2.99 for the iPad version is too much? Well, the 99c version will run on it too. I'd hate to put you in the food line.

    • Brabad

      aww no blood owell won't matter too much

    • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

      Glad about the blood because I'd like to play this around my kids. Well, maybe my little kids shouldn't be excited about war and killing anyway, but what can I say?

      [removed the part where I argue for and against blood and come to the same conclusion you came to anyway. 🙂 ]

    • C.Hannum

      Boo, I need my blood 😀

      I don't see the problem, but then I let my 3 y.o. play OMG Pirates! among other games I'm sure would make some people freak out. However, even a 3 y.o. can tell the difference between real blood (freaks out, cries, averts his eyes) and game blood (doesn't even notice).

      I think a lot of people just get dumber and more gullible the older they get.

  • http://www.muschamp.ca/ Muskie

    It seems interesting, turn based is good for the iPhone. I'll check it out when it officially comes out.

  • Paul

    Also, the IAP is purely optional. There are several speech packs and a mini campaign, none of which are essential to enjoy the full game. But if you love it and want more of it, then there's that option too.

    • Anonymous


      (just kidding)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JWMR5DSATTJX7T6WSUPOVDRQ64 TheWatcher


    As for the IAP pricing ... maybe some of the whiners should just skip that next trip through the Burger King drive-thru. There: problem solved.

  • somedude

    I will buy any good Advance Wars-esque game with good online multiplayer. Mecho Wars is not bad, but I'm not a huge fan of the art, and last I checked, their push notifications didn't work. Rogue Planet came closer, but seems to have some bug or something that makes the online game unable to sync after about 30 turns. Super frustrating (and if anyone has a solution to this, please let me know!). There is still room for a dev to really nail this genre, so here's hoping this is the one!

  • Betty2K1

    As a huge Advance Wars fan, I am extremely excited about this game. I hope it lives up to my expectations. If it did, I would be more than happy to pay more for it. I'll probably buy the ipad version as well to support the developer even though I don't own an ipad (I have done this to support other developers in the past).

  • skamando

    This looks fantastic, but it saddens me there isn't going to be a Skirmish mode just yet. That's what tends to draw me to TBS, unless they're RPGs like Fire Emblem. Too bad.

  • http://twitter.com/truffle Christina Norman

    The tone of this article is weird, sounds like there are tonne of advance wars clones out there, are there really? I have yet to find a single good advance wars / final fantasy tactics game for iPhone / iPad. Hopefully this is the one.

  • guest Radroach

    Why do game companies sell games at different prices for the same game on basically the same platform?

  • Banny54

    Played this on iPhone, it's really nice! Like Advance Wars with better graphics.