Any iOS gamer worth their salt has probably heard of the Sky Gamblers series. Developer Atypical Games (makers of Cold War [$4.99] and Storm Raiders [$4.99]) has already demonstrated a penchant for good air combat titles and with their recently released Battle Supremacy [$4.99], Atypical has taken the fight to the ground with a World War II-era tank combat system. It’s a pretty good transition to the ground war and makes for a visually impressive, enjoyable action-packed game.

Focusing on the second World War, Battle Supremacy’s campaign is divided into three different theaters: Pacific, French and Russian. Each theater has several missions which all include multi-tiered objective that typically involve holding/defending an objective or advancing on a target. While the vast majority of the campaign exclusively features tank battles, a few missions also include boat and plane combat. Strangely enough, I enjoyed the missions that brought some variety in terms of vehicles and wished more included them. Supremacy’s campaign isn’t too long, but a variety of team-based modes against AI opponents add to the game’s replay ability and provide additional avenues to accumulate upgrade points. The game even tosses in a free roam mode that lets you explore the game’s large maps while experimenting with vehicles.

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The gameplay, meanwhile, is straight-up tank combat with a robust leveling system built in. Finishing a level awards upgrade points which are used to level up (which unlocks newer tanks) and increase a variety of attributes ranging from armor and guns to radar and speed. Upgrades quickly become expensive, meaning that players might want to think about which tank is their vehicle of choice before pouring upgrade points into it. It’s a good, relatively simple system that focuses more on shooting and less on the consequences of getting hit.

Battle Supremacy isn’t nearly as complex as the Sky Gamblers’ series, but I think this makes it more approachable. The tank controls actually work well enough even on the iPhone’s small screen and options such as auto-aim shoulder some of the shortcomings. One side effect of Supremacy’s ‘simpler’ gameplay is the fact that the tank battles almost become a little monotonous in terms of moving and gunning. I also noticed that the various tanks you can unlock also play pretty similarly. However, the game’s multiplayer goes a long way towards adding some variety.

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Battle Supremacy’s decent campaign and impressive list of single player modes would have been good enough on its own, but I really enjoy what its online multiplayer has to offer. From a  gameplay standpoint, Supremacy’s multiplayer doesn’t offer anything you don’t see in the single player modes, but 6 v 6 team play combined with large maps, little lag and human opponents make it infinitely more satisfying. Multiplayer simply adds a lot of depth that is absent while playing with the AI. One issue I noted concerns multiplayer balance as it seems like newbies can get matched up with experienced players that have upgraded tanks. It’s a bit frustrating but it’s not as easy for one overpowered player to take over a match like it is in other games. There’s also no IAP to be found, so each player you see online had to earn their way to the tanks they use.

As is the with other Atypical titles, Battle Supremacy is no slouch when it comes to the graphics department. Boasting a visual engine that not only looks great but also includes some great touches like a (mostly) destructible environment and some cool weather effects. This actually has the potential to impact the game as opponents have a tendency to snipe amongst trees or behind walls, forcing opponents to clear the area if they want a clean shot (or serve as an early warning if you see a swath of trees come crashing down near you). A shortfall with the graphics is the presence of stuttering and a low framerate even on current generation hardware.

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With a laundry list of good modes, great visuals and a pretty decent upgrade and combat system, Battle Supremacy is simply a fun title for anyone remotely interested in tank combat. As noted above, there are a few areas for improvement, but I don’t think they detract ftoo much overall. Simply put, I highly recommend that folks pick it up.

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  • JCho133

    "ftoo much"

  • AlexsIpad

    Is the online of this game genuinely 100% online? When I am matched up against opponents they tend to all have very similar names to me, such as 'Dave's ipad' and 'James' ipad', and I also frequently am drawn up against the same opponents almost every time. I don't use the gamecenter online I just use the online button on the main menu. It seems as though some opponents are real and the others are just the AI, in order to fill up the room...? Or am I totally wrong here

    • The Nothing

      My name when I'm online shows up as "Dougherty's iPad" and I'm a real person. Wish I could figure out a way to change the name! : )

      • AlexsIpad

        Oh, maybe it is just the default name it gives people, it just seems the opponent's names tend to be too bland to be real people who tend to go for crazy, seemingly meaningless names that only they understand, but most people I'm drawn against are called something like 'Peter'

      • funny_man_vanya

        Go to the profile tab in game where u check ur rank, and simply tap on your name and u can edit it.

      • Bloodangel

        Just what funny man said above.. Edit your name in game and delete the iPad, iPhone off the end of your name

      • Ricky Hiller

        You can change that name easily bro :) just click on your profile & rewrite it. Yes these are all real people btw ^_^

        I love the gamey only beef is the tanks aren't given fair stats. I spent all my time & points upgrading the Tiger II. This tank should be taking out lightly armored players in one shot. It's is extremely slow & hard to maneuver. It's not matched up fairly to the Russian KV1 or even the Panzer. I'm just now using my half upgraded Panzer which is easily as effective if not far more dangerous to another player.

        Tiger II's used an 88mm gun. The most powerful in the theater at the time. The KV1 should stack up evenly & the Tigers armor should be a lot harder to penetrate considering most other shells could bounce off that frontal armor all day & at best, cause a malfunction by jamming up its turret or damaging the tracks.

        Other than that smooth gMeplay and really fun!

    • MiniMe+

      It's simply the name of the device itself. You know when you plug your iDevice into a computer and it shows the device name? Most people prefer to set it with that format.

    • https://weheartit.com/cantst0pfallinginL0ve ⭐沛霖⭐㊗

      Go to the profile tab in game where u check ur rank, and simply tap on your name and u can edit it

    • coine1000

      You are wrong it is online

  • dwerny

    I'm not surprised to hear about frame rate and stuttering. I enjoyed Storm Raiders but ultimately the intermittent frame rate issues detracted too much for me to keep playing (even on iPad 4 which was latest gen at the time). I would prefer they take away the lens flare and other graphical touches if it would help the game run more smoothly.

    • loophole

      It's actually not too bad and I'm on a 5c (A6)

      • iosgaminggamer

        It's great and I'm on a 4S

  • bigjack66

    I love it! I always wanted to wander about the ground in the air games because they were so well detailed now I can. The destructible environment is great too so that even in free roam you can blow crap up! The price is very reasonable too for a decent campaign and plenty of multiplayer against AI offline or live opponents online. Great game!

    • loophole

      I agree online is pretty fun. I know it's mostly a tank game, but I wished they would've implemented planes and other vehicles a little better than just a few campaign levels. Like maybe different game modes with all vehicles?

      • iosgaminggamer

        Probably will be in future updates

  • funny_man_vanya

    Am I the only one who thinks a warhammer 40k game done just like this would be EPIC?

    • JCho133

      No

  • Ramaz1234

    OMG I'm sorry but I can't hold it it Any longer!!

    Ridiculous fishing a stupid little arcade game gets 5 stars

    Battle Suprmacy a beautiful AAA game with great GFX , controls and gameplay. With a kick ass multiplayer gets 4.5/5. Damnit man

    Oh also LIMBO gets 2.5/5 because it's to damn hard for the reviewer where as Ridiculous fishing is easy as my ABF's.

    • dariusjr98

      GOD FORBID a game you like more than another "five-star game" gets a whole POINT FIVE stars less. Holy crap. How DARE they have a different opinion.

      People have explained here time and time again that the ratings system is based on RECOMMENDATIONS, not on if a game is "great," "terrible," and everything in between.

      I will never understand why people can get so worked up on someone else's opinion in a review. If this really steams you up so much, I wouldn't recommend you read any reviews of any type, from any website.

      • Ramaz1234

        It's not about me, when I post comments like that. It's because I feel bad for the developers. Like wtf these developers put in so much work into such a flawlessly game, a AAA title. And it can't even get the same respect as a silly arcade game does. Yes, it does piss me off.

      • Jake7905

        These reviews are simply the writer's opinion, the rating reflects that. And why in the world are you comparing this game to Ridiculous Fishing? That's a very different type of game, after all, it got 5 stars.

      • https://weheartit.com/cantst0pfallinginL0ve ⭐沛霖⭐㊗

        we are talking about respect , yo , u know what i am saying ?

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        How are they not getting the same respect? Ridiculous Fishing is an incredible game. It's OK to disagree with our reviews, but to suggest we're somehow disrespecting a developer because we didn't score a game you personally enjoy higher is sort of silly.

      • funny_man_vanya

        I agree. Rating a game does not put a stamp on it, it just tells others what you think. Although I will say that I played this game for about thirty minutes, then played game dev story for about three hours straight, so it's less about quality and more about replay ability in mobile games.(at least in my opinion.) so don't worry about the game getting a low rating, if you like it, tell your friends, and maybe they'll buy it.

  • islesfan

    I'd also like to add that this game has one of the best implementations of the iOS 7 MFi controller support. I have the Logitech controller, and it really enhances gameplay with this game more than any other game I've used it with. (LEGO LOTR comes a close second).

    • Echoen

      This game works with the PS3 controller too!

    • chief78

      Works excellent with the Moga as well

  • http://twitter.com/diego_rispo Diego Rispo ✩✩✩✩✩

    waiting for the spring sales....5 euro are too expensive for my wallet

    • https://weheartit.com/cantst0pfallinginL0ve ⭐沛霖⭐㊗

      pathetic low life , the game industry would have been crash & burn if there are more Douche like u .. gee ! u are worthless

      I can't even imagine what life is like for owning ios devices & a mac and actually NOT buying anything , guess u would never rent / buy movie / ringtones / subscribe mags via newsstand since they are all expensive for you

      • dariusjr98

        Wow...who are you exactly?

      • https://weheartit.com/cantst0pfallinginL0ve ⭐沛霖⭐㊗

        a boy who has a life and appreciate music & gaming & dont take em for granted

      • dariusjr98

        Calling him names was absolutely unnecessary. You all don't even know him. For all we know, his budget is tight because he has to tend to things that are actually important. Maybe he even spent too much on iOS game already, and has to cut back. Who knows??? But to jump to conclusions and call him things like "pathetic lowlife" is ridiculous.

  • rich_952000

    This game has replaced nearly all my mp games. I love it, 5 stars for sure. I would love to see more of everything, maps, tanks, upgrades etc. at five USD, it's priced just right, if a little low. Atypical, keep up the great work and congrats on the positive TA review.

    • iosgaminggamer

      Revo makes te game
      Atypical is the publisher

  • XzJ450NzX

    I just wish they had planes and the other vehicles in multiplayer too, like a different mode. It would be just like battlefield but without troops

  • TigerBoat

    Buy it. It's all I play anymore. Fantastic multiplayer!

    • rich_952000

      Agreed. All I play is this when I get home from work. I've got a LOT of games but keep coming back to this. It's so satisfying, and balanced.

  • Doc Robby

    Most of the other review websites, unlike TA, aren't so generous with their review of this game. Apparently the controls and speed of the tanks have a lot to be desired. I haven't bought the game yet, but would like to hear more from those who have bought the game and are not affiliated with the developers in any way. What is your experience? I may be wrong, and I apologize if I am, but some of the comments here seem a bit contrived.

    • funny_man_vanya

      The controls are pretty good, although the targeting system can be an object of extreme frustration, but other than those few moments the game works like a dream.

      • Doc Robby

        Thanks for your reply!

    • Erick

      The controls are fine for basic driving but maneuvering is sloppy. Car driving sections are horrible and the airplane is rediculous. Mobility seems to matter very little since the target reticle makes it really obvious if your shot will hit an enemy. The difficulty is either way too easy, or you just never had a chance. Surviving first player campaign is as easy as being a coward and letting your AI team go first and soak up shots. When enemies shoot at you they will almost never miss and instead it's all about the annoying random deflection of rounds. There is not a big skill factor in the game.

  • Scary Guns

    This game sucks. It's a waste of money. They have a few tanks and only 3 of them are useful while the rest is bs.

  • Scary Guns

    Everyone delete this game ASAP! Download Tank Domination. So much better with amazing detail!!

    • Morey Ladini

      hahahaha!
      If Tank Domination has "amazing detail, " than Battle Supremacy has "GOBSMACKING ASTONISHING" detail.

      BTW: TD got OFFLOADED days after I started Battle Supremacy.

Battle Supremacy Reviewed by Eric Ford on . Rating: 4.5