Brian R. Smith

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Brian R. Smith

Mastery Journal


Full Sail University mobile gaming master's

Game Review: WarLands (W-Cubed Studios, 2012)

Genre:             Games, Turn-based Strategy

Roll in industry: Casual

Target Demographic: 9+

Monetization: Free app, advertising, in-game purchases for additional map-packs



WarLands is a fairly straight forward expand and conquer turn-based strategy game. Not much too it, I am afraid.


You have two types of troops. Triangles are better at attacking. Dots are better at defending. Terrain is similarily simple. Your attacks from forests are improved, defence in a castle likewise.


Beyond that, well, there is not much beyond that.


There is a configurable fog-of-war. The more units you have and if you are looking from a castle, the farther you can see. This is a nice touch. But, I have been playing war games since the 1970s. In fact, I started in 1970. The major problem with board games is the limit fog-of-war. The major advantage of computer driven strategy games is they can easily implement fog-of-war. We should all expect this feature in any war-based computer game.


The few times I have tried to play online against other humans, they have ghosted me. Some kind of turn-time limit would be very useful. In this case, it might be useful if a conservative AI took over for the human – just to keep the lights on in the castle.


A good game, but what is missing is the community and community support (must be part of the game mechanics). Take a look at my review of Warzone - turn based strategy (Ficker, 2017). At a high-level, also a fairly straight forward expand and conquer turn-based strategy game. But, Warzone is all about building and maintaining community. The game, that is, is just the experience we humans use to maintain community.


W-Cubed Studios. (2012). WarLands (iOS) [Video game]. USA: W-Cubed Studios.