Released in 2006 for PC, the Company of Heroes game quickly became a hit and a classic of the genre. The real-time strategy takes the player to the battlefields of World War II. But now this game has received a new life in the form of adaptation for touch screens and the advent of the version for iOS. Publishers not only moved Company of Heroes to a new platform – the game received numerous changes in the control system. Can we talk about the emergence of a new game hit on iOS?
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In Company of Heroes, you must fight with the enemy, using your units and creating new ones. In this case, it will be necessary to formulate a combat scenario taking into account various types of troops and the type of terrain. If a sniper dug in the house, then a tank with a flamethrower will help to “smoke” it from there. During the battle, soldiers die, equipment and buildings collapse – everything looks very realistic, and the situation on the battlefield is changing dynamically. Most real-time strategies involve the direct collection of resources, but in Company of Heroes you need to capture sectors that provide the player with the resources necessary for further combat operations. You have to monitor your charges, ammunition and fuel, keeping a balance and thinking over the general tactics.
After the first launch of Company of Heroes, users get the opportunity to download additional content. It represents both individual maps and entire missions, as well as new high-quality models. After downloading the game itself from the App Store, you will need to additionally download about 1 GB of data. Fortunately, these in-game purchases at Company of Heroes are free. In total, the game will take about 5 GB of space on the built-in drive.
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The main content consists of several rather lengthy training missions that will not only introduce you to the mechanics of the game, but teach you how to work with its interface. It is proposed to choose one of two control options: “Command panel” corresponds to the desktop version of the game, but “Command wheel” is created for the version of the game on mobile devices.
The Command Wheel tool is a segmented circle that appears when you click on the screen and hold your finger there. Sectors contain various options for teams. This option is best suited for small screens and can even be used on iPhone.
But the “Command Bar” is a more traditional scheme, located initially in the lower right corner of the screen. Here are collected tiles with teams for units. The first users, and the developers themselves, strongly recommend training before starting the main campaign or battles, as some ways of interaction will turn out to be very unusual.
The main campaign of the game begins with the assault on the beach during the landing of the Allied forces in Normandy. Company of Heroes has great videos that seamlessly transition into the gameplay. In-game video is a combination of film and game scenes, looking both natural and appropriate, as applied to a specific plot. It is worth noting the high-quality voice acting, there is also the Russian language, thanks to high-quality localization. Passing one mission will open the next, there are 15 in total, but diversity can be added by choosing one of four complexity options.
In addition to the campaign, the game offers many individual maps on which from two to eight opponents can meet. At the moment, the current version of the game does not support multiplayer, so you have to configure the bots and their level.
The graphics, on the one hand, look authentic to the fairly old desktop version. On the other hand, if the soldiers and vehicles look well drawn, then the buildings and flags were blurry, and not all textures received high resolution. But the game’s performance is at a high level, even on the first iPad Pro models there will be no friezes or freezes, and autosaving takes place literally in a second.
The game discharges the tablet pretty quickly, but you can activate the power saving mode by lowering the quality of the graphics. In general, it is optimized for iPad Retina resolutions. But even on the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the text seems a bit small, like some touch-sensitive controls.
For fans of real-time strategy games, the version of Company of Heroes for iPad will be a must-have. You can quite rightly reproach the control system, but you can not deny the quality of the game itself and its transfer to the new platform.
In the Russian App Store Company of Heroes costs 1090 rubles. This is a lot, but it is worth considering the likely appearance of additional extensions, as was the case with the PC version of the game.
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