Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great
puts you in the role of Alexander the Great as he conquers much of the known world, and trounces the occupants of Central Asia while doing so. History buffs will do nothing short of getting their jolly’s off when playing this game. It is painstakingly accurate of the time, and who could pass up the chance to step into Alexander’s sandals and see what it was like to be one of the greatest conquerors of all time?
Tin Soldiers: Alexander the Great draws heavily from tabletop war games. This is already blatantly apparent in the graphics. Games are played in a pseudo turn-based fashion (more on this later), and winning doesn’t mean crushing your enemy entirely. Instead, victory points are used to determine the victor. Victory points are gained by accomplishing objectives, killing enemy units, and keeping your troops safe all at the same time. The person with the most victory points at the end of the game wins.
You can either play the game in single battle stints, or you can take on the Campaign. As you progress through the Campaign, you unlock more maps that you can use for the single battles. The Campaign mode is another testament to the tabletop roots this game has. As you complete each mission, you get a certain amount of spoils that you can spend on your army. You can purchase more units or train your current ones so they perform better in the upcoming fights. This aspect really makes you feel like you own the army just like a tabletop gamer owns their own army, and it makes for a unique fighting experience.
Another board game influence is the special cards you can purchase in between battles. These cards are rather expensive, but they are powerful enough to possibly turn the tide of battle at crucial moments. They can be used on different units in either a defensive or offensive manner. Relying on the cards alone will spell certain death for your troops, but their presence is certainly appreciated when the going gets rough.
While the A.I. in this game is good, Multiplayer is where the real action is. Setting up your troops and issuing commands against a human while they do the same is nerve-wrackingly wonderful. You can only play against one other person at a time, but the fact that Multiplayer support is included is enough to get by on.