Land Air Sea Warfare HD for iPad is similar to Command and Conquer: The Generals game. Here you begin by establishing your base and securing your headquarters building. Set up generators to power your base, place cannons around the perimeter and build wall fortifications to stop ground attacks. Then you must build up your forces by building land and air factories to make attack vehicles and aircraft. If close to water, you can build sea factories to build naval ships and submarines.
Building a large number of fighting units before launching an attack on your enemy is key; after all, no one wants to go on a suicide mission. Tap on a factory and select what type of unit you want built. Touch the icon until you have reached the desired number you want built for that type of unit. From here you also have the option to set up a rally point where you want your units to converge once they’re built. Selecting units is as easy as double tapping on a particular vehicle and similar types will also be highlighted. You can also select multiple units by dragging a box around the area where your units are at. Move a unit by selecting it and touching where you want them to move to on the screen or on the map.
Maximising the use of the iPad’s larger display, the mini map has now been relocated from the top right of the screen (iPhone version) to one which you can increase to a full view, providing a concise accounting of all the units (yours and your enemy’s) in the theater. With the HD version, you have eight custom groups which you can use to assign multiple units to, double the amount of the original version. It’s also easier to build multiple power units, such as the wind turbine by using two fingers to highlight the start and end grid blocks where you want them built.
Land Air Sea Warfare’s graphics are beautiful rendered and the animations, flawless. This is a truly amazing accomplishment for a game with so many things going at the same time.
Land Air Sea Warfare HD is how the game was meant to be played. The bigger screen provides better handling of all your units, as the iPhone’s sometimes cramped buttons can sometimes lead to the wrong unit selection when you need it the most. This game is clearly a must own for the iPad-toting RTS fan. With over 100 types and technologies to choose from, outrageous mega units to decimate your opponent with and 40 different landscapes to fight in, it’s a decent offering for the RTS fan.
If you’ve felt the hankering for some RTS action on your iPad, we recommend Land Sea Air Warfare for iPad. It’s a solid C&C clone, with solid presentation and enough missions and units to sink your teeth into. Worth the pricetag.