Relieving the great World Wars is something that is pretty common in the gaming industry, after all, no other military engagements have had the same scope or scale as these great wars. While nobody likes to celebrate war and all the damage that takes place, the battles still ignite a spark of excitement that translates very well into video games. With the proliferation of great mobile gaming platforms, it is not surprising that that aside from desktop computers and consoles, the mobile is also getting a good share of World War era games. With all that said, here is our list of the best and most comprehensive World War 1 and 2 games on the mobile.
Valiant Hearts: The Great War
Before we jump into the action, let us all remember that war is not all about shooting guns and killing folks who don’t believe in the same things you do. It is also about people forced into battles they do not want to fight, about conflicts that tear families and lives apart, and about loss –loss on a such a scale of magnitude that it is nearly incomprehensible. Valiant Hearts may have the look and art style of a children’s storybook, but it is anything but. This is a story told in the form of an interactive puzzle game. Every action you do propels the story forward, unveiling the tale of five different characters all showing what war really looks like up close. It’s pretty heavy material from an emotional perspective, but it is also one of the most amazing stories set in the era of the First World War.
Frontline Commando: WW2
It is hard to imagine that a mobile platform can handle a good action shooter that takes you from the Battle of Bulge all the way to the skirmishes of Italy, but Frontline Commando manages to do just that and then a good lot in between. The visuals are astounding –like set pieces with moving parts, you get to see tanks rolling in, enemies charging you from all directions, and the satisfying feeling that you can mow them all down with skill and accuracy. Each level features a specific weapon to use and this creates a variety in play style that keeps the game feeling fresh from beginning to end.
Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War
This game has a pretty interesting narrative that is shown in a non-chronological order. While the main point of the gameplay is to defeat all the hostile enemies you come across, the real crux of the narrative is the tale of the various soldiers in your unit. It is a bittersweet tale that is clouded by the game’s action oriented gameplay. The game itself is well polished in terms of play value and graphical presentation. The visuals are astoundingly well detailed and the animation is impressive. We particularly love the way that lighting and textures are presented in such as way that makes it hard to not focus on the amazing scenery.
Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies
Ace Patrol: Pacific Skies is a top down strategy game that focuses on dogfighting. As a Sid Meier’s game, you can expect that there is a lot of text content here about historical data –which is a massive plus for military buffs. But what makes this game so special is that the mechanics are simple but the implementation of strategy is incredibly deep. This turn based game will have you commanding a wing of warplanes up against a variety of dangerous odds. And it is up to you to make full use of each plane and pilot’s capabilities in order to get them through safely and succeed in the mission. It also helps that the game looks incredibly good too with its stylish animations and sleek UI design.
Frontline Commando: D-Day
Much like Frontline Commando’s WW2, D-Day brings players to the Second World War, and it is so much more than just events of D-Day itself. Sporting over a hundred missions set in 5 distinct operations, this game will have players taking on hundreds of enemies with a wide range of weapons. Visually, the game is smooth and easy on the eyes. While some of the character models look a little blocky, the amount of action (thanks to the animation) onscreen is excellent and will keep you on your toes. While WW2 is the more polished game of the two, D-Day is certainly worth playing as well.
Strategy & Tactics: World War II
Fans of Hearts of Iron will be happy with this game, in fact, it actually looks like Hearts of Iron too. The fact is that this game originally started development as the sequel for the hit PC war simulation title, but it has taken on a slightly different direction. Much of what makes Hearts so interesting is the amount of detail and depth –two aspects that this mobile version has tapped on lightly to create a game with a slightly faster pace more apt for on-the-go mobile gaming. This will certainly polarize some purists, but those who take mobile gaming seriously will appreciate the way that the is no longer as demanding as its desktop counterpart.
Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders
Storm Raiders is one of the best looking historical dogfighting games for the mobile platform. In this title, players get to ride on a huge list of amazing warplanes, and each of them handles just a little bit differently from the rest. The controls are pretty good and responsive for a touch screen based system, though physical controllers will still feel better. The amount of detail for the airplanes, the realtime rendering of lighting and weather, and of course, the particle effects that appear when you successfully riddle your enemy’s chassis full of holes are sights to behold. If you are looking for fast paced dogfighting action, look no further for Storm Raiders has everything you need.
Glory of Generals: Pacific HD
Glory of Generals is a turn based tactical game set on a hex grid. You control a variety of units and try to outwit and outmaneuver your targets. It is not a simple game that you can win by brute force, so strategy, timing, and patience are all needed to get through some of the game’s hardest battles. The turn based approach lends itself well to the mobile platform and while it plays great on a mobile phone, seeing this game on a tablet is just so much more satisfying with its incredible visual presentation.
1941 Frozen Front
This simple looking game is not what it looks like. Sure 1941 is an F2P game with a lot of annoying cash-grabs (those horrible ads!), but it is also something else: an in-depth strategy game that will have you concentrating real hard about what your next move is going to be. Someone on the development team of Frozen Front had the clever idea to make the game’s difficulty level quite challenging while still staying within the reasonable range of "not godlike AI opponents". The result is a solid strategy game that will have you doing damage calculations and risk assessments while sending the tanks to flank your target. This is a fun, unapologetic, and surprisingly addictive game for any gamer who likes a good challenge.