Following 2011’s Brink, developer Splash Damage has turned its hand to something a little smaller, but no less ambitious. RAD Soldiers is a free-to-play project, out now for iOS. Nicknamed “Guns with Friends”, the turn-based tactical game offers asynchronous multiplayer alongside the single player campaign, and looks to be something a little bit awesome.
Game director Richard Jolly explains:
Turn-based combat means there’s no rush, allowing you to ponder your next move at your leisure, and giving you ample time to unleash your inner tactical genius and you’ll earn valuable experience for your soldiers whenever you play, leveling up your squad commander to unlock new abilities.
Paul Wedgwood from Splash Damage continues:
You’ll also earn coins while you play and use them to unlock brand new soldiers, customization options and equipment in the ever expanding in-game store and use Game Center and Facebook to connect with friends and make new ones.
Handy dot-pointed list of what you’ll get up to:
- Send your squad into turn-based multiplayer battles
- Use the unique abilities of your soldiers to turn the tide
- Unlock new soldiers, weapons, and outfits for your ever-growing army
- Play whenever, wherever thanks to turn-based gameplay
- Hone your skills offline in single player challenges
- Supports GameCenter and Retina Displays including iPhone 5
- Approved by Special Effect for gamers with disabilities
RAD Soldiers has been in open public testing for five months now, which saw seven builds played by a whole bunch of people. That translates to 235,000 turns, and a peak of 100,000 minutes of gameplay per day.
The game is also the first project from new digital publisher Warchest, which features Wedgwood as CEO and Jolly as CCO, in addition to their roles at Splash Damage. The Enemy Territory developer is also currently working on a new PC shooter named Dirty Bomb.