iPad, PC •
It probably won’t come as a huge surprise to readers of Stately Play that we’re not on the press list of Slitherine. As such, unless I’m actively searching out for Slitherine news, it passes us by. Last week they published a game developed by Every Single Soldier, the gents behind the wonderful Vietnam ’65 and it’s companion title, Afghanistan ’11. Their latest is called Carrier Deck and it’s not another hex and counter war game. Instead, it’s a naval simulation that puts you on the deck of the titular ship and it couldn’t be more different than their previous titles. Even more interesting, however, is that it was released for both PC and iPad.
As far as titles go, Carrier Deck is about as descriptive as you can get. You’re in control of the flight deck on a nuclear-powered supercarrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, managing everything: loadouts, takeoffs, landings, damage control, amphibious operations, special forces deployment. I wouldn’t be surprised if you were expected to clean up the galley after breakfast.
The game takes place in active war time, and it eschews the usual wargame convention of turn-based gameplay. Instead, this is a full-on simulation where everything happens in real-time, fast enough to keep your heart rate up and maybe sweat a little.
- Full management of the flight deck incl, moving, fueling and arming of aircraft
- Aircraft maintenance and management of the hangar deck
- Selecting and launching of search missions to detect enemy air, surface and submarine threats
- Tasking and launching of intercept missions
- Special Forces deployment and Amphibous operations
- Ground strikes and close air support missions
- Receiving and dispatching cargo missions
- Full range of aircraft and helicopters onboard from fighters to early warning and detection aircraft.
Carrier Deck is available via Steam or on the App Store for iPad. I didn’t think Slitherine was publishing games for iOS any more, so I’ll definitely keep an closer eye on their site now that I know mobile gaming is still a possibility on their end.