iPad, PC •
Back when Slitherine was in the business of publishing mobile war games, one of the best was Every Single Soldier‘s Vietnam ’65. It broke ground by focusing not only on battlefield tactics, but on winning over the local population and dealing with political problems back home. The theme worked fantastic in ESS’s follow-up, Afghanistan ’11, which was released for PC in March. Next week the PC-less of us will have a chance to give Afghanistan ’11 a go when it arrives on the App Store.
Afghanistan ’11 puts you in the shoes of the US forces in…wait for it…Afghanistan in the year…hold on, you can get this…2011. Whew. Instead of simply trying to kill your enemy, the main focus in on getting the villagers on your side instead of the Taliban’s. ESS spells this out way better than I ever could:
Most of your efforts and resources are spent elsewhere trying to grab the Hearts & Minds of the local population.
Providing security to the civilians, persuading the local villagers to reject the Taliban and isolating Militia leaders is your primary focus.
Counter-Insurgency will have better results in the long run than conventional tactics but a simple incident during a routine patrol can ruin your relationship with the locals and damage your image in the Western newspapers.
- A full nation building module, whereby player can affect the hearts and minds of the local population via non-military means (constructing infrastructure and delivering UN aid)
- An intense 18 battle campaign covering the iconic Afghan war operations from establishing Camp Rhino to the Bin Laden Raid (Neptune Spear)
- Command the American and the Afghanistan National Army during ground and air operations
- Drones, multirole fighters and ground-attack aircraft are available to help you to spot and eliminate enemy units
- Upgrade your bases with specific buildings to offer a better support to your soldiers and military vehicles
- Afghanistan National elections – affecting the balance of power in the theatre
- Full US withdrawal and handing over of combat responsibility to the ANA.
- External political events impacting the local situation.
- Taliban operations are financed from the growing and harvesting of opium crops.
- Locate and destroy opium crops to cripple the opponent’s resources as these fund the Taliban operations.
- Full range of modern military units including artillery, mechanized and infantry units, engineers, helicopters, etc.
- Special forces including sniper and forward air controller actions, offering you plenty of tactical options
Vietnam ’65 was one of Alex’s favorite games of all time, and we’ve heard nothing but glowing takes on the sequel. It definitely sounds like a game that should appeal to both grognards and the less war game inclined, so keep an eye out when it launches for iPad on October 24.