I struggled with whether or not to name this game Wargame of the Year – certainly not because it doesn’t merit the honor, but simply because I got to play it before you did. It didn’t seem fair to me, seeing that this is your blog as much as it is mine, and I didn’t want to seem to be pulling a fast one.
After a certain amount of stalking around the house in my bathrobe, scratching my beard and grumbling to myself – I decided I was overthinking the whole thing. Chatting to Athros helped, too.
So after the jump – the Pocket Tactics Wargame of the Year. I recommend putting on Copland’s Appalachian Spring before you scroll down.
The Wargame of the Year for 2012 is Battle of the Bulge.
I’ve had the game for coming on a week now, so I think this is the well-reasoned choice of an adult, not the gleeful infatuation of a child with a new toy. I have only yesterday blubbered on for about 800 words on the subject, so I won’t repeat myself except to say that Battle of the Bulge is an extraordinary achievement – it needed to be to dethrone my beloved Battle Academy.
Shenandoah fills me with excitement. We already know that the studio plans to follow up Battle of the Bulge with El Alamein – and there’s certainly nothing to stop them adding additional scenarios or AI generals to Bulge. I hope we see their names a lot in 2013.
Battle of the Bulge should be available on the App Store any minute now.
UPDATE: And there it is. Have fun – see you on Game Center.
To see all the games recognized in the Pocket Tactics Best of 2012 Awards, visit the awards index page.