Glory of Generals
Developed by: EasyTech
Published by: Circle Entertainment
Release Date: July 3, 2014
Available on: 3DS, Android, iOS, Windows
Genre: Turn Based Strategy
Number of Players: Single-Player
ESRB Rating: E 10+ for mild violence
Price: $9.99, mobile versions are free with in app purchases
Thank you Circle Entertainment for sending us this game to review!
Glory of Generals has been around on iOS and Android since December of 2013. In fact, they’re freely available (for a limited time according to the app store). They do have in-app purchases though. The 3DS version is electronically available for $9.99 and is micro-transaction free. The developer, EasyTech, created World Conqueror 3D which is another 3DS strategy game we recently reviewed.
The look and feel is pretty similar between these two games. So what is different about them? Glory of Generals puts you in the middle of World War II with both the campaign and legion mode scenarios taking place between 1939-1945. You’ll get to experience this war from the Western, Northern, Eastern, and Antarctic perspectives. Each scenario has several missions and you cannot play the next scenario until all of the missions have been completed. There are sixty-four missions in total. While the legion mode lets you choose your missions in any order, it does impose a ninety-nine turn limit. If you and your allies don’t defeat you’re opponent, the game is over.
While the ally artificial intelligence is okay (it knows the game rules better than me!), it pales in comparison to being able to play against a nearby friend or somebody online. Strategy and multiplayer go hand in hand, but sadly this is a single-player only game.
Strong Points: Fun strategy game with the ability to rewrite history with powerful generals at your command
Weak Points: No multiplayer, unbalanced forces, dumb AI
Moral Warnings: Combat violence
Each mission has an objective and conditions for a victory or a great victory. The map is a hex grid and each unit has limitations on how far it can move and attack enemy forces. Depending on how much territory you control, on every turn you are given some resources to build up and heal your army. After all of your desired moves are made, you must end your turn and let the enemy respond. Fortunately, the AI turns are fast paced.
There is a lot of strategy in Glory of Generals. For starters you‘ll have to master and control naval units, air strikes, infantry and armored vehicles. The terrain varies for each of them and many units are strong to some and weak to others. For example a tank will decimate soldiers and there is little point in sending an air strike over areas with antiaircraft devices.
When units are badly injured their morale drops, thus making them more susceptible to damage. On the flipside, when they defeat a unit, their morale goes up and strengthens them. Another way to boost a troop’s abilities is to assign a famous general to them. For each successful mission you earn medals which can be used to increase the stats of your existing generals or hire famous ones including Patton or Eisenhower. You have to earn all of your medals in the 3DS version, but the mobile versions let you buy them with micro-transactions.
Higher is better
(10/10 is perfect)
Game Score - 78%
Gameplay - 15/20
Graphics - 7/10
Sound - 7/10
Stability - 5/5
Controls - 5/5
Morality Score - 94%
Violence - 7/10
Language - 10/10
Sexual Content - 10/10
Occult/Supernatural - 10/10
Cultural/Moral/Ethical - 10/10
While the mobile versions offer HD graphics, the 3DS version does utilize the 3D effects for the unit avatars on the map. The graphics are nothing spectacular and seeing a bunch of units all over the place does get a little confusing. Playing this game on a tablet screen versus the tiny 3DS screen does seem tempting at times.
The background music is fitting and sets the tone nicely. The sound effects and explosions are good too. There is no voice acting as all of the dialogue is text based.
While Glory of Generals is family friendly, the game play and strategy behind it may be too much for younger children to grasp. Adults who enjoy turn based strategy games may want to check this title out. Before parting with $10 on Nintendo’s eShop, I recommend trying the free mobile or tablet version first.