This is another game based on the gameplay of the first Strategy and Tactics: WWII released by HeroCraft a while ago. Just like Strategy and Tactics: USSR VS USA, Medieval Wars is built on top of the Strategy and Tactics model and what changes is the history behind the players mission.
This time we are to lead the armies of England, France and the crusaders through three campaigns in order to win the biggest wars and battles of the European medieval history.
You have 3 game modes:
In campaign you will go through 25 historical missions in total, all of them separated into 5 campaigns where each one matches a part of European history.
In scenario you have 12 of them to choose through and each of them has a main goal and additional objective and explains what points you have to earn in order to earn Gold, Silver or Bronze.
In battle mode you can choose to go against the computer or play versus another player in hotseat.
All game modes are based on a turn by turn game mode that lets you play out all your moves and then proceeds to the others player turn and so forth until you either win or loose.
There has been a slight change in this version from the earlier versions of Strategy and Tactics that we have reviewed.
It is now finally possible to drag the troops you want to attack to the place you want them to attack instead of just being able to tap them and then proceed to tap the place you want to attack.
This might not seem like a major change but it has been a major annoyance in earlier versions of the game, so big improvement here.
Aside from that, all the major controls are just the same as they were in the previous versions. You have the same capability of ordering more troops to the battlefield in the upper left corner button.! You still have the money, turns and reward menu on the top, that can be hidden by pressing it.
The button on the top right will let you pause the game and will proceed to show you the game menu on the bottom centre of the screen.
And finally the buttons that appear on the bottom right side of the screen will allow you to make your troops execute the commands you gave them or finish your turn if no commands have been issued.
The graphics follow through what all players of Strategy and Tactics are accustomed to from the previous versions. The map design is pretty much the same as in all previous versions and the troop designs have been revamped to adhere to the Medieval ambience.
The buttons have suffered the same ambience redesign and everything looks pretty neat as far as we are concerned.
There is also an option in the settings that will allow you to download HD graphics if you want to which says to us that HeroCraft was thinking ahead in order to satisfy gamers that want to enjoy their games in larger screens and where HD quality is more than appropriate.
The ambient sound has also been revamped in order to match the history of the game and thus is quite immersive if you let it ring along.
Don’t worry though has HeroCraft has been smart in when to start and stop the background music so that you don’t get overwhelmed while playing, this is a strategy game after all and you do need some quiet time in order to think about your next move otherwise you will be loosing more often than not.
The sound effects made by the troops are also well managed and they differ from troop type to troop type and are very much convincing.
As said before you have a few scenarios to go through after you finish up with the campaign and if you can succeed in completing all of them you can still go after the AI or other players.
Not only that but if you are one of those players that likes to get everything 100% completed you will be trying hard to complete every secondary goal that comes your way and lets not forget those who won’t consider a game finished if everything was not won with gold.
This is regarding the paid version of course. The free version of the game has in-app purchases that allow you to buy the campaigns that are currently blocked.
After playing it for about half an hour to an hour I saw no major drain of juice which nowadays is an improvement over many games that are available in the Play Store.
Medieval Wars is an entertaining game just like the previous instalments of the series and for those of you out there that are into strategy turn-by-turn games this is one you should try out, if not in the full paid version at least the free version.
This time it seems that HeroCraft has listened to their players and reviewers and the free version of the game has no ads to be seen. This goes a long way to keep gamers immersed in the game instead of being frustrated and distracted once the accidentally click on an ad instead of the close button.
The history of Medieval Wars is interesting and it is only fair that medieval Europeans were also in the Strategy and Tactics series.
The game has been continuously updated by HeroCraft and new scenarios and missions have been released to keep players happy and entertained.
If you take a look at the Play Store comments you may see that many had issues with this game since it wouldn’t open for no reason, but it seems that the issue has been fixed.
Make yourself a favour and go try it out and give us your feedback!
Review by: Cátia Ferreira @ Android Emotions