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Has anyone played any of the Battle Academy games? If so your thoughts, particularly in relation to the queries below:-

- What other games do they compare to? Over the years I have played 'Steel Panthers', 'Panzer General', Eagle's Battlefront games, Combat Mission (excellent), Close Combat, 'Panzer Corps Wehrmacht', 'Company of Heroes (I suspect quite different).

- Is Battle Academy 2 a significant improvement over the original Battle Academy game.

- Is there anything similar but better out there?

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Played the original - didn't like it - felt too much like a puzzle game - maybe they've made changes in the new version, maybe not.
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Is there anything similar but better out there?


Since you're asking in a board game forum, I will assume you might be interested in PC games that play similar to such. If so, then I suggest you check out Lock 'n Load: Heroes of Stalingrad, which is on sale. It's The best port of a board game to PC that I have seen.

I have not played Battle Academy so can't comment on that.
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It's a light, beer and pretzels type wargame. Nothing more or less.

Not at all like Combat Mission but still has fog of war, suppression, cover, flanking etc. Functional graphics and tons of scenarios. Works great on iPad.
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Played the original Battle Academy and two or three expansions (on mac). About as (non-)hardcore as Panzer General, but on a tactical level. Like a simple grid-based miniatures game. Never tried multiplayer, but lots of fun mission in the solitaire campaigns.
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Duckman wrote:
It's a light, beer and pretzels type wargame. Nothing more or less.

Not at all like Combat Mission but still has fog of war, suppression, cover, flanking etc. Functional graphics and tons of scenarios. Works great on iPad.


So basically like 'Steel Panthers' or tactical 'Panzer Corp' but with 3d style graphics?

Have been looking around at options myself this morning and stumbled across 'Gravteam Tactics' which looks like a souped-up Combat Mission - tempted. But I probably have got room for a lighter beer-and-pretzels game as well.
 
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If you don't mind paying for the DLCs, check out ORDER OF BATTLE on Matrix games. I quite like it... it's a more refined iteration of Panzer Corps IMHO.
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domus_ludorum wrote:
Have been looking around at options myself this morning and stumbled across 'Gravteam Tactics' which looks like a souped-up Combat Mission - tempted. But I probably have got room for a lighter beer-and-pretzels game as well.


It is a much better and more complex game but certainly not beer-and-pretzels!

Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm is worth a look if you are into modern period wargames.



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I have played both. There isn't very much difference between the two versions other than some graphic refinements and minor gameplay refinements. It's a fun game for what it is. It is not Combat Mission in any sense of the word. The other games mentioned here are great games, but it really depends on what you are looking for.
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I picked up the base Battle Academy 1 the first day of sale. As stated it's beer and pretzels so far, but fun. A nice diversion for a mission or two when you have a spare 30 min. I'd say it's most similar to Steel Panthers with 3D cartoonish graphics. If you are looking for something more like Panzer General, then you want Panzercorp which is also on sale currently on Steam.
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SeanT wrote:
... I'd say it's most similar to Steel Panthers with 3D cartoonish graphics.....

That was the impression I had, so that confirmation helps, thanks. I think I will give it a try.
 
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