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Armchair generals, take note: tactical games are making a comeback. This top-down micromanaging genre was once dominated by the likes of Shining Force, Tactics Ogre, and Final Fantasy Tactics (and just recently by XCOM: Enemy Unknown) but it's surprisingly perfect for touchscreen devices; see the Great Little War Game series. The ARMA series is known for painstakingly realistic shooters, but it's stepping back for Arma Tactics THD to give the player a bird's eye view of the battlefield.

You control four commandos whose mission plays out on an impressive 3D grid, strategically moving and utilizing their weapons in turn-based combat. (If you're wondering what that's like, Call of Duty players, imagine chess with guns.) Each soldier specializes in a different tactical role, with unique weapons and abilities assigned to him. Missions come in both story and randomly-generated versions, ensuring a good amount of replay. All levels are open-ended, so the path to victory includes finding the best approach angles and utilizing your soldiers' upgradeable gear and skills to best suit the situation.

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As with all THD titles, this one is only for hardware powered by NVIDIA's Tegra chipsets. At least Arma Tactics takes advantage of the graphics-first nature of Tegra 2 and Tegra 3, with a 3D engine that might tax older, less-capable hardware. The game is available on the Play Store for $4.99, and according to the description, will be updated with more missions and campaigns in the future.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Sean Lumly

    The THD bit in the title worries me... Never again will I buy a game that is artificailly limited to only a portion of my devices.

  • Himmat Singh

    Oh well, this is a pleasant surprise. However I must say the screenshots look nowhere near as good as what they showed earlier on, but that's probably due to the fact the earlier gameplay video was taken on a Shield.

  • Bryan Pizzuti

    And ONLY Tegra devices. Very few phones these days carry a Tegra on-board, Snapdragon's got the USA sewn up because of their on-chip radios.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kreatoorn Umut Tan

    Love Nexus 7. Havent seen a game that my device cannot run.

  • เกรียนเทพ ดี อันลิมิเตด

    THD again? Who bought Tegra device these days? No, I mean there's no decent Tegra device coming from ANY manufacturers for a while now... Everyone goes for Snapdragon or Exynos. Wakeup developers!!!

    • Himmat Singh

      This is probably in anticipation for the upcoming wave of Tegra 4 devices.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kreatoorn Umut Tan

      Especially i bought a Tegra device. Because it is awesome. There are many games that two cannot run. But Tegra runs them all!

    • kelvin

      I'm stuck in intel's Razr i :(

  • Juhani

    Pay-to-cheat. Not worth it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Markert/100001113752823 Richard Markert

    F you nVidia.

  • Ricardo Ferreira

    This type of game remembers me of Commandos series... :D

  • xsirxx

    Is this a turn based or real time game?

  • Mehmet Fatih

    Fuck you, just fuck you nvidia.

  • primalxconvoy

    Could someone just port over advance wars to mobile devices with touch controls please?