Looking back to our GDC coverage, we got a look at Be-Rad Entertainment's licensed puzzler WarGames. In the preview, we get into what the WarGames movie is all about, so check that out if you aren't privy.

WarGames the game is a clever spin on the Dungeon Raid [$1.99] formula. It's similar enough that fans of Dungeon Raid will feel right at home, with a line-drawing matching mechanic that serves a greater goal. In this case, you're playing as WOPR matching tiles to engage in global thermonuclear war. When we first saw it at GDC, it was a pretty rough concept. Here's some screens from the final version submitted to Apple:

The upgrade system (seen above) is super slick as well. Instead of getting spells and equipment like in Dungeon Raid, you add "mods" to your computer-self which are purchased with available memory. It's dripping with WarGames charm, features a gameplay mechanic I really dig, and best of all, it's coming tomorrow for 99¢.

  • thismarty

    A review that acknowledges that the subject game is a knock-off of another game but then goes on to gush about it.  I guess that speaks to the state of the iOS game scene in a nutshell - with everyone ripping everyone off, we might as wel just accept it, lower our standards and enjoy the dog food.

    • oooooomonkey

      That's a nonsense comment as everything in the whole gaming industry us ripping off something. The way you say it is there could only be one FPS and one RPG etc.
      Well I'll be getting this loved war games back in the day.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Where'd you see a review for this game posted? It doesn't come out until tomorrow.

    • CkX82

      So only one puzzle/rpg is allowed ? What a terrible comment, if you really find it that bad may I direct your attention to the Android marketplace.

  • MacGyv3r

    Wow that's one ugly UI (yes I am familiar with "war games").  Loved Dungeon Raid, will pass on this.

    • toxiccheese

      Remember that all games don't have to have flashy graphics or polished slick UI. If it at least looks decent and the gameplay is solid then I can enjoy it just as much as any other game.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/BBTDKD2P75GRROMMPAITETLCSI Raconteur

        I don't think that's something to "remember", it's just a preference.

        I don't want to comment on this game in particular, esp. since I haven't seen a video, but I personally think at this point in time simplicity is great, but there's no reason even a simple game can't have a well-designed and good looking UI.

      • subshell001

        Actually this game does have a slick UI, just not visible in screenshots. Check out the gameplay video in the forum thread. It has a lot of really great animations, far better than what is in Dungeon Raid for example!

  • MacGyv3r

    Ugh can't edit comment

  • http://twitter.com/appsasia Peter Song

    I remember watching this on I think TBS's '80's was the coolest movie night' or something lol, never thought they would of made this into a game!!

    What's next, bueller's day off? that would make into a fun platformer :)

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BBTDKD2P75GRROMMPAITETLCSI Raconteur

       http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WarGames_%28video_game%29

  • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

    UI isn't particularly any uglier than some I've seen on IOS -- you even reviewed an ugly thing awhile back of a scifi strategic combat game.At least this ugly UI is b/c it's referring to a retro genre / retro computer...?I loved Dungeon Raid, and might try this one -- if it goes free.  Wonder why it's finally out now rather than years ago...?  You have to be really old to even know what this movie is, no?Last point -- why doesn't Apple or someone release a "Newton' app that we could run on the iPhone?  That'd be more retro than WarGames!
    - rekzkarz.com

  • Tondog

    You had me at Dungeon Raid, Eli!

    • webdaffy

      Dungeon Raid never got updated since March 2011
      Bad luck and wasted opportunity!
      ...therefore I´m fine if somebody else is taking over the concept and (hopefully) streamlines & enhances it over the time

  • PausAkid

    I always thought a cyberpunk/scifi dungeon raid would be fun. This looks close enough =) Now all that's missing is a hentai/anime one ^______^

  • Ruof

    Out now. Seems intriguing.

  • LearnIIBurn

    Here's to hoping this game starts real thermonuclear war without anyone knowing they are doing anything wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

    Hope you guys like the game. If you're going to the WWDC party tonight I'd be happy to show it to you. I'll be wearing a red and white WarGames shirt.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tim-Lord-Gek-Jordan/1559737263 Tim Lord Gek Jordan

    I see a shop.  I'm hoping those are all mods bought in-game within a single run and not another game all about IAP based currencies or, even without IAPs, is all about grinding in earlier runs to buy equipment for this run.

    • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

      Hey Tim! Yes, there's IAP, but the game is fully playable without the need for IAP. The IAP is only there if you want a shortcut. The game is challenging, but there's an easy difficulty mode if it's too tough.