Company of Heroes – Review

Time to salute this classic real-time strategy offering once more.

  • Feral Interactive
  • www.feralinteractive.com
  • £13.99, $13.99, 14,99 €
  • Compatibility: Any iPad released since 2017 or any iPad Pro, iOS 13.1 or later

Real-time strategy games have come on a long way since Command & Conquer. Company of Heroes took the genre to the next level when it first appeared on Macs and Windows PCs back in 2006, and it’s now made its way onto the iPad.

Set in the European theatre of World War II, you control two companies of American troops in their battles against the Wehrmacht through 15 exciting missions, starting with the D-Day Landings of June 1944. The two companies are very different beasts. Able Company is an infantry unit that can quickly build squads and defences. Soften up the enemy with your artillery, and overrun their positions with tanks. Fox Company, on the other hand, is airborne. Capture enemy installations with your paratroopers, or destroy them with your bombers.

The battlefields are destructive, so you can use this to your advantage if you plan wisely. Make sure the Germans don’t do this to you, though – keep an eye on those defences.

The game has been very well ported to the iPad. Graphics are optimised for the Retina screen, and a new Command Wheel makes giving orders to your units a breeze. Multiplayer Mode isn’t available on the initial release, but it may be added later, along with the ‘Opposing Fronts’ and ‘Tales of Valor’ expansion packs.
Don’t expect instant rewards. It takes a few games and some time with the tutorials to get the most from Company of Heroes, but when you’ve got to grips with the game, it’s awesome.

Company of Heroes
  • Overall
4

Summary

A solid, and sometimes spectacular conversion of a classic game. Ideal for real-time strategy war gamers.

+ Gaming classic on iPad
+ Lush visuals
+ Lots of it
– Takes time to get into

Ian Osborne

Ian has worked on computer and video games magazines since the legendary Crash and Zzap! 64 in the early Nineties, so he’s seen many changes over the years (including an expanding waistline and receding hairline). A lifelong Mac user, he bought his first Mac in the year 2000. It’s a testament to the resilience of the Mac that his mother is still using that computer to this very day.

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