A long time ago, in a mountain fortress far, far away, our benevolent leader Owen fell in love with a series of games from digital newcomer Shenandoah Studios. The games in question would be Battle of the Bulge, Drive on Moscow, and Desert Fox. These were full-blown wargames from tried and tested designers presented with historical accuracy and a not a little bit of panache.
Unfortunately, war games are still a small niche of a niche and Shenandoah ran into financial troubles but were bailed out when they were purchased by Slitherine (disclosure: I am an ex-Slitherine employee). Things seemed pretty great until they re-released Battle of the Bulge for both iOS and PC with cross-platform multiplayer. I hadn’t played the re-release, but I know it was met with some frustration from fans of the original.
Enter Drive on Moscow. It was re-released last Friday and, like it’s predecessor, has been refit to include cross-platform multiplayer. It’s also a new app, meaning that the old app has been yanked from the App Store. What this means is that you’ll have to shell out the $10 for Drive on Moscow even if you had already paid for it back when Shenandoah released it in 2013. Oh, and it’s iPad only now when the original was for iOS Universal. At least now you can play it against folks on their desktops.