If you missed the Twitch stream yesterday, it's alright, but one of the games that got requested was Gregory Challant's Front Wars [$2.99]. It seemed neat enough to give it a little hat tip in a regular news story, just in case you've missed the game as it has been practically pinned to the Hot Games list for the past couple days.

What's interesting about Front Wars is it seems like the perfect candidate to get into one of those long-winded internet arguments about what constitutes a clone versus a highly inspired game as Front Wars basically is Nintendo's Advance Wars. The units look the same, function the same, and there's even a map in the game that's direct from the original that is causing quite a bit of drama amongst people who make a hobby of getting worked up over clones.

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While it might look like Advance Wars, the game's AI seems about as barebones as you can get. As you can see from the stream, the AI is shockingly passive, almost to the point of being boring, as most of the levels I've played devolve into endlessly passing turns as you move your forces to take out the one enemy unit that's chilling in the corner of the map not doing anything.

Thankfully, full online multiplayer via either Game Center or Facebook comes to the rescue. If you're looking for someone to play with, swing by the thread in our forums. An online turn based shockingly similar version of Advance Wars were basically the dreams of a iOS gamer in 2009, so it's sort of neat to see that come to fruition.

Definitely give this game a look if you've ever found yourself saying, "I wish I had Advance Wars on my phone."

  • Evolution888

    I enjoyed the Advance Wars on GBA.. but I enjoy traditional S-RPGs more such as FFTA and Fire Emblem

    • http://bytefair.com/ Paul Graham

      I've always been a casual fan of Intelligent System's games but the 3DS Fire Emblem is spectacular.

  • Tomate Diseño

    "Definitely give this game a look if you've ever found yourself saying, "I wish I hadAdvance Wars on my phone."" that's defined my attitude since the appstore opened, only game I've found worth playing was Highborn and it's now almost unplayable with bugs. Still waiting on someone to do Front Mission.

    • jterrel

      FRONT MISSION....

    • dancj

      I loved Highborn!

      I haven't played Advanced Wars, but Mecho Wars is a lot of fun and I've heard people say that's similar.

  • LarryWP

    After watching this on Twitch, I bought it. The 2nd scenario hammered me within one infantry left. It was ruthless! The AI was not passive with me at all. Will see what happens here further in. :)

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      What the. Well, maybe my problem is I've probably played enough Advance Wars in my life to know the whole game inside and out.

      • LarryWP

        Probably I'm just not a very GOOD gamer, but I'm quite active with games. ;)

      • iarepan

        I'm right there with you. I've been gaming for close to 30 years and I'm awful. The only game I kicked ass on was E.T. for the 2600, but everyone hated that game.

  • Trevor

    Weren't there a couple other decent AW clones years ago?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      This is the most Advance Wars-y of all Advance Wars clones. There's a bunch of pretty similar turn based strategy games, but they all disguise the units and terrain in different ways. This is pretty much 1:1.

      • http://www.googlepants.com/ Wizard of Odyssey

        Is it better or worse than Mecho Wars?

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    Mecho Wars was similar. Then they re-released Mecho Wars HD which is quite awesome. I personally don't care if the game is a clone or similar, the only thing that kept me from buying this immediately was the FB integration to obtain a very useful unit. That's lame. The developer said he'd remove it though.Then seeing the brain dead AI didn't help. But it's suppose to get tougher a few levels in.

    All the publicity is working in this developers favor for sure.

  • GameExp3rt

    Remember GBA4ios 2.0 is coming bringing gab games with cheats

  • http://www.onebagtravel.com/ OneBagTravel

    Been waiting for something like this for ages.

  • jaajaa40

    I play Outwitters

  • Guest

    Good thing it wasn't Zynga making this game. Then we'd have to be up in arms about blatant rip offs, etc.

  • Galenmereth

    Charging for a knockoff like this and actually having it recommended is why mobile gaming won't be taken seriously.

    Sorry, but this is shameful.

    • iarepan

      By whom? There's a demand and it's being filled.

  • HelperMonkey

    Clone.. Copy.. Pseudo-port... It's like taking Super Mario and just removing the mustache.
    I LOVE Advance Wars. But this is like dating an ex-girlfriend's look-alike cousin. It just feels weird.

    • homosaur

      Well this is for those that don't have a 3DS, no one that does would probably consider it