Where are the turn based strategy games?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by msduncan, Apr 7, 2010.

  1. msduncan macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2010

    1984. board game based war/strategy games are common place. I play with friends, my brothers, etc.

    1988. BBS' (bulletin board systems) were all the rage. Turn based strategy/war games made their appearance. You'd log on to the BBS and check to see if it was your move (or you made one move a day in some cases). Political intrigue and war on an electronic format!

    1991. Turn based computer games come of age. Empire consumes a ton of my time, with me and my brothers taking a turn and then leaving the room for the next person to do the same

    1994 - 2009. Flash, color, movement, and instant gratification takes over. Not that I'm complaining.... I love the stuff. But turn based war games take a back seat.

    So I ask all of you.... I'm sitting doing my turn of Scrabble on the iPad last night and then waiting until my facebook buddies take their turn sometime today, and it hit me: we need some turn based strategy games for the iPad! Where are they and why haven't people produced them (especially for the iphone since it's been out for a couple years).

    I mean people will sit there and play farmville and We Rule, which is essentially the same thing (quasi-real time).... but when I try to play them I'm wondering why I can't make alliances and invade other peoples' kingdoms.

    We need some turn based strategy games that you can play vs other people over the internet for our iPads. It's the perfect venue for it.
  2. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    I saw Command and Conquer in the app store, but that's about it for now...
  3. robj macrumors regular

    Dec 23, 2009
    Madrid, Spain
    I have wet dreams with a good conversion of Sid Meier's Civilization :D

    I think we should wait a little to get good games in the iPad, every platform needs this time to have them.
  4. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    Civilization : Revolution.

    I got it for my iPhone and love it.

    I couldn't wait for the iPad version...then...fail....$8 and all you get is a larger view. Nothing new added. No maps. Nothing.

    Since my iPhone version plays at 2x view just fine...I'll wait till the price drops, they add features, or pro-rate it if you already own it.
  5. Robin Chung macrumors member

    Robin Chung

    Apr 6, 2010
    I think devs are waiting for the iPad international launch. They're probably using this extra time to make their apps better.

    One fear though. The iPad isn't fast so don't expect anything truly epic.
  6. ClaireL macrumors 6502a


    Apr 4, 2010
    New Jersey
    I'm waiting also for some RPG's for the iPad! I can't wait :D
  7. detz macrumors 65816

    Jun 29, 2007
    I was building one but it's on hold for now. It's a complex game type especially when you mix in multiple player over the internet. I originally was working on only multiplayer and then I changed it to only single player. It's complicated and in honestly im not sure the market is there to support it so I'm focusing on other areas for now.
  8. sishaw macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
    They already exist for the iPhone, they are sure to come to the iPad (Rogue Planet, Wesnoth). Patience.
  9. msduncan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2010
    I'm not sure it really needs to be fast to do turn based stuff.

    Real time? might strain the system if it's a monster.... but turn based stuff like RISK or Axis and Allies, or the old Empire game......
  10. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    Just posted about Civ:Revo I have for iPhone. It's crazy fast on iPad.

    Matter of fact the few games I have for my iPhone are silly fast on the iPad. I have the COD games and they run at <seemingly> 30fps.

    Even the UNO game for iPad has fast card movement...and it's a day one release.

    I think this could be another smart move by apple. If you use their SDK (which, like or hate the sandbox you will) it should have fairly clean code. I don't know what the resource overhead is with the iPad but I don't think it will be slow.

    Heck...the XBOX is mid 90's technology...and their still writing games with that overhead that are 30fps. :eek:

    I guess we'll just have to see...:confused:
  11. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    Oh...almost forgot..

    I d/l'd "WeRule" for the iPad. Turn based "Knights and Merchants" meets "Farmville" game. Stand alone or social turn based. Not bad and graphics are pretty good too.

  12. msduncan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2010
    Yeah I just keep wishing I could invade other kingdoms, send spies in, etc.

    instead I get to see my peasants walk around aimlessly.... big whoop.
  13. sesnir macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2008
    We're working on one for the iPhone, but after seeing how it looks blown up on the iPad I want to release a universal app with high-resolution graphics too.

    It's a persistent online strategy game (an MMO, basically)... but it won't be ready until the summer. Sadly due to how long it's taking us, it'll seem less original than it was when we first came up with the idea.
  14. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

    Sep 24, 2008
    Boon Docks USA
    I miss games from SSI like typhoon of steel and red lightning. Wish someone would make those games for the iPad.
  15. msduncan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 27, 2010
    Still sounds good. Keep us posted!
  16. harpy macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2010
  17. H00513R macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2010
  18. chriskzoo macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    GodFinger is pretty fun - and free. It's by NGMoco, so you know it's solid.
  19. THFourteen macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
    hope its not solid in the same way we rule is solid :)

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