New wargame tackles WW2 and the Battle of Guadalcanal

25 May 2016 4

It's been a bit since we had a wargame offering that wasn't the work of either HexWar or Slitherine. That's more on us, as tracking down the small indie releases isn't the easiest task in the world and I'm spending most of my time making PB&J sandwiches (crustless, of course) for the writers. Back in early May a new wargame released from a small, one-man dev that plucks from the cornucopia of wargaming scenarios, World War 2. The game is called Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal and it lets you play the US Navy in 1942 against a Japanese AI.

Carrie Battles for Guadalcanal looks and plays like a tabletop hex & counter wargame. The game has 5 scenarios from the Battle of the Coral Sea in May of '42 to Guadalcanal in November of that same year. 

- 5 historical scenarios from The Battle of the Coral Sea in May 42 to the Naval Battles of Guadalcanal in November 42.
- Hex map with a scale of 30 miles per hex
- 25 types of warplanes
- Historical ships
- Naval-air search, progressive intelligence gathering on enemy naval forces
- Air strikes against naval and land targets
- Surface battles
- Advanced damage system
- Invasion, naval bombardment
- Radar
- Turn-based system of 20 minutes each
- Available in English and in French

Each game takes between 1-3 hours to play, and this is only the beginning of what developer Cyril Jarnot has planned. Eventually a full campaign will be added, taking the game from 1942 through 1944. Also, eventually a US AI will be developed, allowing you to play as the Japanese Navy. That's long term stuff. In the short term, a new update is incoming shortly that will add a new scenario covering the Battle of the Bismark Sea as well as fixing bugs and whatnot. 

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Also notable are the lengthy tutorials that Cyril added. There are separate tutorials for every aspect of the game, some of them simply involve reading, while others have you taking some actions, and others involve complete mini-scenarios in which you need to use a certain skill you just learned about. It's incredibly well done and also incredibly necessary. This is a fairly hardcore wargame that newbies [that would be me -ed.] will have a hard time wrapping their head around.

Carrier Battles for Guadalcanal is available for iPad only and runs $7.

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