Cary, NC, 02 June 2011
A change in the calendar signals a change in the monthly specials at the Shrapnel Games online store, the Gamers Front. For June we have a simulation of land combat in the Middle East and a beer and pretzels style wargame on the Pacific theater: ProSIM’s The Star and the Crescent and KE Studios’ War Plan Pacific. All month long gamers can grab both of these titles at discounted prices!
ProSIM’s The Star and the Crescent, powered by one of the most realistic land based real time simulation engines of modern combat available today, examines the contested lands in and around Israel through a gaming audit of the Arab-Israeli conflicts of the past several decades. Featuring scenarios from 1956, 1967 (the Six-Day War), and early 1973 (pre-Yom Kippur War), the centerpiece of the game though is the Yom Kippur War. Additionally, some hypothetical modern scenarios are included, along with the ability to create your own scenarios.
The Arab-Israeli conflicts were ones that featured the largest tank battles since WWII, and these have been replicated in The Star and the Crescent. The role of the air force also played a huge part in these conflicts, and close air support, along with a brand new modeling of radar systems (from air defense networks to aircraft based), figures strongly in the game.
Some highlights of the chrome to be found in the game include individual buildings and defensive structures, a refined bursting direct fire model from earlier ATF powered games, and refined iron bomb effects. Additionally, everything one would expect from a ProSIM title is present, such as scenario maps based on real world maps, robust multiplayer capabilities, and full compatibility with other ProSIM titles.
The Star and the Crescent is available for Windows as a download. Normally priced at $39.95, all month long the game is available for only $33.95. To read more about the game that Gaming Nexus said is“...a very realistic simulation with all the bells and whistles a hard-core old-school wargamer could want.” please visit its official product page.
One of the biggest pre-orders in our history was for KE Studio’s beer and pretzel PTO title, War Plan Pacific. This month, it’s one of our monthly specials.
War Plan Pacific is an exhilarating computer wargame for one or two players about the war in the Pacific waged from 1941 to 1945 between the allied nations of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Netherlands against Imperial Japan. Grand strategic in nature, this turn based title focuses on the air and naval battles that shaped the conflict, using a historical order of battle showcasing individual ships of light cruiser size or larger.
War Plan Pacific can be described as a serious beer and pretzels title, with a play time of only about three hours. Balancing playability and accessibility with historical accuracy, War Plan Pacific is easy to play yet true to history.
Gameplay is kept to a single session by careful use of abstraction. For example, while the tin cans of the sea played an important role in the conflict at the scale of the game their inclusion would significantly alter how long the game would play, and so the smallest unit in the game is a light cruiser. But while destroyers aren’t present players one can still expect to feel the effects of the deadly Long Lance torpedo.
Besides supporting single player action against the robust AI, War Plan Pacific can be played against an opponent via the Internet. With a play time measured in hours, not days or weeks, it shouldn’t be hard to recreate the glory days of your tabletop wargaming experience, no matter where in the world your gaming buddies are now living. Another choice is PBEM, perfect for raining death and destruction across the Pacific at your leisure.
War Plan Pacific uses XML text files for its scenarios, allowing would-be designers to edit OOB, ship capabilities, base information, sea distances, and victory conditions. Creating new content is as easy as editing the proper files!
War Plan Pacific is available for Windows either as a download or physical product. Normally retailing for $39.95, this month it can be had for only $33.95 For more information about War Plan Pacific please visit its official game page.
Please go to our Monthly Special page at the Gamers Front to purchase these fine titles. Pricing is good for all of June.
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