Turn-based online war strategy games cover a set those genres. You either love it, or hate it. Instead of moving around continually, your orders are executed in turns. The game thus progresses on the beat of a proverbial drum.
The strategic aspect of war is as turn-based as it gets. Orders take a while to descent the chain of command, and even the best plans are riddled with should’s and could’s. Some say turn-based strategy isn’t very realistic. I say it’s abstract, but still about as real as it gets.
Battle Dex is one of those turn-based online war strategy games, featuring war, a hex-based playboard and collectible cards. It’s currently in open beta, and can be downloaded and played for free. Although the game is very basic, all things considered, things aren’t always as easy as they seem. To excel in Battle Dex, you’ll need experience, a strategic mind and a Windows computer with internet connection.
Although you can practice in single-player mode, the game is really meant to be played against other Battle Dex players. You can join public ‘wars’, or host a private one to play with friends. With a 21.53 MB download, you’ll be up and running in no time.
At the start of each turn, players can redirect their infantry or vehicles. When the clock runs out, or all players have submitted their orders, the battlefield comes in motion. Because a fog of war hides most of the playing field from your eyes, you have no sure way to know what’s going to expire.
To move one of your units, select it with the mouse, and right-click on the destination hex. Different troops will move at different speeds and be better in different types of scenarios. Troops will always shoot at the enemy with the least hit points within range, but you can also prioritize bad guys or go all-out in the pursue of an enemy.
Players can purchase new troops at their respective base stations. To gain the necessary resources, you’ll have to man a resource hex with infantry troops. Capturing a control point for two consecutive turns will gain you victory points. Gain enough victory points or destroy the enemy base to win the online war strategy game.
Card-collecting (and usage) is also central in Battle Hex gameplay. These cards cover a wide array of actions, from healing damaged units and bombing enemies to instantly retreat back to base. They make up a valuable asset, and can heavily impact your strategy. Players can even build custom decks to use in battle.
A selection of starter cards will be available to you from your first play. Additional cards can be obtained by purchasing premium packs via micro-transactions, but also by kicking ass in one of the Battle Dex tournaments.
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