Legendary Name Drops onto The iPad in The Form of ‘MechWarrior: Tactical Command’ RTS Game

Legendary Name Drops onto The iPad in The Form of ‘MechWarrior: Tactical Command’ RTS Game

I remember playing MechWarrior 2 in the mid 90s. Man, what thrill — I spent days piloting horribly destructive giant robots around a 3D battlefield, firing rockets, blasting anything that moved with terawatt lasers.

Of course, that was on my old 386 PC clone, back when I still followed the dark side of the force and hadn’t jumped onto a Mac yet. But the MechWarrior / BattleTech series of games has been around on Apple machines since day one — so I’m pretty jazzed to finally see the a MechWarrior game arrive for the iPad in the form of MechWarrior: Tactical Command.

Thankfully the game’s developer, Singapore-based Personae Studios, didn’t douse the game in freemium pay-to-play horror. On the other hand, the game is $10 — as expensive as games get on the iPad. We’ve got a review copy, and we’ll take a look and let you know if it’s worth it. In the meantime, check out the features from the game’s press release:

Real Time Tactics on the go: MechWarrior: Tactical Command brings a true RTS experience to mobile with Personae’s unique controls for iOS devices. Players can initiate precise, advanced commands with quick responses to get the most immersive BattleTech experience ever.
Authentic BattleTech Mechanics: MechWarrior: Tactical Command stays very close to the original boardgame. Heat acts as stamina and Mech’s limbs have individual sources of health-watch Mechs cripple other robots as they destroy their limbs and bodyparts!
Massive Damage: Players will fight through waves of Elementals, Tanks, and other heavy armored mechs with a squad of four warriors in 21 levels set across three planets, including Twycross, where a number of the events from the series occur.
Massive Mechs: With 30 mechs taken from the series lore, there is a variety of Battle Mechs with different classes to deploy onto the battlefield. Charge in with a Mad Cat, annihilate the opposition with the Atlas, or wreak havoc with the Hatamoto-Chi.
Massive Customization: Players earn C-bills and tech resources from missions to upgrade their lance of mechs. Increase a mech’s arsenal, tune their BattleMech’s accuracy, or enhance their weapon systems-MechWarrior: Tactical Command lets players build their mechs and squad members whichever way they desire.

  • Laga Mahesa

    Let us know if you feel it has been dumbed down at all; if so, to what degree. I’ll be happy to pay $10 provided it isn’t trying to cater to the preteen crowd.

  • TheMadTurtle

    Yeah, it’s pricey, but it’s NEW BATTLETECH!!! I’m a die-hard Battletech junkie, so naturally, I’ve been playing this all night…

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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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