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Judgment Day War

Judgment Day War

Platform: iPhone/iPod
Category: iPhone, iPod

Judgment Day War, by G5 Entertainment, is an exciting strategy game portraying the real life conflict known as the Six Day War between Israel and her neighbors, Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. The game plays in real time with the ultimate goal of controlling all of your enemies' territories.

The game comes with two campaigns, one from the Israeli perspective, and one from the perspective of her opposition, with each campaign featuring nine missions. The game also has a downloadable third campaign for $0.99 (which is also the current price of the main game) focusing on the Vietnam War. Each mission of Judgment Day War takes place on a map consisting of various bases. Each base will slowly create more tanks, reinforcing your army. Tanks stay at the base at which they were created until you decide to move them, which can only be done along set roads connecting the various bases. To move your tanks, you tap once at a base to select half of its tanks or twice to select all. Then you simply tap on another base to send them on their way. When your tanks reach an opposing base, the side with more tanks will gain (or keep) control of the base, with the number of its tanks reduced by the number of the opposition. For example, if you send ten tanks to an enemy base that has five tanks, you will gain control of the base but only have five tanks there.

Besides battling at bases, tanks will fire at opposing forces while driving along the roads, reducing their number. Some bases have stronger defenses, making the attacker take double or quadruple casualties. Bases also can have guns which fire at the opposition without being able to be destroyed themselves.

In addition to the strategy involved with managing the bases and tanks, there are also bases that construct helicopters. Unlike tanks, helicopters can travel anywhere on the map, ignoring the roads. While tanks can be used to capture helicopter bases and vice versa, tanks cannot stay at a helicopter base, and helicopters cannot stay at tank bases. Vehicles also take double casualties when attacking the opposite type of base.

Each mission can be played on three difficulties - recruit, veteran, and elite. Recruit is easy enough to allow you to get through the game without too much trouble, although quick thinking and strategy is still important. If, however, you want to be challenged further, the higher difficulties do require more skill and patience. Judgment Day War records the difficulty on which each mission was finished and the score obtained on that mission. It also keeps a local high score table as well as online leaderboards. Unfortunately, unless you are in the top nine players online, you will not be able to see what rank you are.

The focus of Judgment Day War is the gameplay and strategy. As such, the graphics are adequate but not extraordinary. They definitely do not detract from the game at all, but you won't find yourself admiring any particular part of the visuals. The audio was very nice. The sound effects were great, and the music consisted of a superb blend of light metal and techno. It gets you into the action while not being grave. The game is about strategically controlling a battlefield, not making you feel like you are actually at war. The music and sound effects each have a volume control; however, I would have liked the voice acting to have a separate volume control. While I was happy with the options I picked for the music and sound effects, I sometimes had to strain to hear the voices, which was a minor inconvenience.

As I said before, Judgment Day War is based on a real conflict, the Six Day War. Before each mission, you can read background information about the mission, including the date of the mission. Both campaigns play the same missions, giving you the chance to see each side of the conflict. I would have liked to know more about the actual war and its outcome though. Who really won each battle? What was the final outcome of the war, and what were its ramifications? These questions don't detract from the fun of Judgment Day War, but they do raise my curiosity. It would have been nice to work in more actual history to a game featuring a real war about which I know little.

Judgment Day War lacks a multiplayer option, which would have been great. With the strategic depth of the game, I can only imagine how much fun a multiplayer mode would be. It does, however, have a survival mode that adds a lot of replayability to the game. Survival mode puts you in randomly generated missions of increasing difficulty, allowing you to continue until you fail. While each mission in the campaign mode pits you against only one enemy army, in survival mode you will find yourself up against multiple armies in a single mission. While playing through survival mode, you are given the chance to upgrade your various special skills, such as increased starting army size. After each mission, the game selects three upgrades, and you can pick which one you would like. Survival mode is a lot of fun, despite the fact that sometimes the randomly generated mission can be much harder than normal. I suspect most people will spend a lot more time in the survival mode than the campaign, although both are a lot of fun. With the online leaderboards, you'll be sure to enjoy fighting for survival!


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