Panzer Tactics DS
War! Huh! Yeah! What is it good for?
Absolutely nothing... not on the Nintendo DS that is, with Panzer Tactics
hitting the small screens that offers a strong single player campaign
mode and an interesting multiplayer option that is set during World War
Gamers are transformed into a commander as they control one of three
different armies during this turbulent time, the Russians, the Germans
and the Western Allies as you embark on a variety of historically
The first campaign that players embark on
is the Axis campaign which teaches the gamer the ins and outs of the
title, followed by the Russians and then the Western Allies which did
become considerably difficult in places.
Each of the different campaigns contain 10
missions and is a turn-based game strategy game that allows the gamer
to control a plethora of different troops as they embark on a variety of
different objectives and missions.
With all good turn-based games, Panzer Tactics allows the gamer to move
their units into a hexagonal square and when an enemy is near, you can
then engage in the enemy which display a pre-rendered battle scene.
Gamers also control certain core units in the title that can be used
throughout the campaign of the country and needless to say, players must
watch their units because they only have a set number per mission.
Fortunately players can also purchase additional units that allows for
some non-linear gameplay, however some good old fashioned "common sense"
helps as well because you really need to think what units should battle
Graphically, Panzer Tactics is a little
lacklustre on the Nintendo DS that contains some mediocre level designs.
The unit graphics are impressive enough as are some of the animations
but in its essence, it's a traditional turn-based board game with a few
special effects thrown into the mix such as explosions and the like.
For those who like multiplayer, Panzer Tactics features a
"Hot Seat Mode" that allows two players to "share" the DS as they
attempt to defeat the other opponent. Although an interesting
experience, it does become frustrating as you need to have a good memory
knowing where each of your opponents have moved.
There's also a Wi-Fi
mode that is similar to the single player mode but does require some
initialisation before playing. The Wi-Fi game was quite a fun experience
and definitely increases the longevity of the title once you have
finished the single player campaign mode.
In conclusion, Panzer Tactics DS is a sturdy
turn-based game for the Nintendo DS that uses real-world history in this
deadly war. With a variety of different units and ways of completing the
title, this title is definitely for the strategist but just be warned
that the graphics are a little lacklustre.