Turbo Tape Interactive's debut game is absolutely stonking. A niche title, to be sure, but one that seriously delivers on tense, stealthy maritime strategy with an exceptionally user-friendly GUI. GamersGate are asking for less than four quid, which will save you more than you'll pay.
Turbo Tape Interactive's debut game is a bit of a corker, so long as you happen to belong to its tight niche. Tense, stealthy maritime strategy with an exceptionally user-friendly GUI awaits any prospective admirals, who will probably want to take advantage of the cheapest price we've ever seen. Remember to redeem voucher code G2PO for an extra 5% off - every little helps on the run up to Christmas.
Turbo Tape Interactive's debut game is absolutely stonking. A niche title, to be sure, but one that seriously delivers on tense, stealthy maritime strategy with an exceptionally user-friendly GUI. GamersGate are asking for practically nothing in return for a copy - which will save you about a tenner.
Developer: Turbo Tape Games
Publisher: Paradox Interactive
The year is 2030 and the world teeters on the brink of international war. Depleting energy reserves and Russia's growing tensions with Norway has roused the sleeping giant of NATO into furious action, and the gigantic fleets of both superpowers move to skirmish in the bitterly cold Arctic waters. As an Admiral at the centre of the conflict, players are issued with an enormous selection of real-world naval assets and deployed into 35 million square kilometers of Arctic hell to harass the foe and eventually resolve the conflict through decisive sea power. Naval strategy is as 'niche' a genre as you could imagine, but upstart Turbo Tape Games have teamed up with Paradox Interactive to offer us a unique take on the deadly relationship between warships, planes and submarines.
Naval War: Arctic Circle transforms your PC into virtual war room complete with a slick and accessible GUI. Indeed, you'll feel every inch the armchair admiral as you survey the aquatic battlefield on a crisp wireframe tactical map that lays out your fleets, aircraft and land bases at a glance. Selecting units, choosing formations and issuing move orders can be accomplished in a few swift clicks, with an accessible menu on the base of the screen providing intuitive ways of designating rules of engagement, selecting weapons and choosing from a range of advanced technological options. Turbo Tape Games deserve to be congratulated for making an interface that's simultaneously immersive and accessible, in fact, it's easy to imagine that the events that unfold onscreen are actually happening, and you're a real naval commander controlling genuine units via military-grade software. Strategy games sometimes find it difficult to root players in the moment, and Turbo Tape has deftly sidestepped the problem entirely.
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"Sometimes you'll have to do very unexpected things to get the upper hand," in Naval War: Arctic Circle, Turbo Tape Games tell us in their latest developer diary. As we detailed in our in-depth hands-on preview, players will have to balance overwhelming firepower with the need to locate their enemies without being detected themselves, providing scope for strategies never before seen in traditional RTS games.
Naval War: Arctic Circle is set to release on April 10th for PC.Click here for the Naval War dev diary >>
Paradox Interactive and Turbo Tape Games have announced that maritime RTS Naval War: Arctic Circle will release on April 10th for PC. It's an intruiging mix of terrifying depth with immediate accessibility; providing armchair admirals with a wealth of battleships, submarines, aircraft and support vessels to wield against a ruthless foe.
You can find out more details in our recent Naval War: Arctic Circle preview.
Modern naval strategy is rarely explored to any great extent. While traditional RTS games sometimes feature seabound troops and units, it's usually as an afterthought or gimmick that plays second fiddle to conventional ground engagements. However, you can always rely on Paradox Interactive to exploit the most under-appreciated of sub-genres, and with newcomer Turbo Tape Games at the helm, Naval War: Arctic Circle is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing niche titles we've seen from the veteran strategy publisher.
The year is 2030 and the world teeters on the brink of war. Russia's growing tensions with Norway has stretched their relationship with NATO to breaking point, and thus the gigantic fleets of both superpowers move to clash in the bitterly cold Arctic waters. As an Admiral for either side (NATO for the purposes of the limited beta preview version), you're charged with a selection of naval task forces and deployed into 35 million square kilometers of aquatic warzone to harass the foe and eventually end the conflict through decisive sea power. The story, told through newspaper cuttings and news bulletins, gives you a genuine feeling of being part of an unfolding global crisis, with your each and every engagement having a profound effect on the world at large.
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The detection of a Russian attack submarine just outside a major Norwegian port, but still in the northern kingdom's territorial waters, is raising the possibility of armed conflict in the North Sea. Fears that the prolonged oil drilling standoff between Moscow and her Western European rivals will explode have many world capitals concerned. With most of the earth's terrestrial oil supply exhausted and the industrial world's insatiable appetite for oil still growing, the stakes are high in this global battle over who controls access to the wealth buried deep in the Arctic Circle.
No, this isn't breaking news, thank God. It's the premise for this latest Naval War: Arctic Circle trailer from Turbo Tape Games and Paradox Interactive. We've been eagerly antipicating this deep yet accessible title ever since our Gamescom preview, and this new video shows off some of the air and sea units in action.Click here to read more...
Turbo Tape Games have released a developer diary for Naval War: Arctic Circle that sheds some light on the setting, accessible mechanics and deep gameplay behind their upcoming strategy game Naval War: Arctic Circle. Expect enormous maps to manoeuvre your fleets around in real time, as well as intriguing electronic warfare and misdirection options.
We absolutely fell in love with Naval War: Arctic Circle when we checked it out at Gamescom 2011. Despite the incredibly early build, it was clear that Turbo Tape Games are onto something quite spectacular. Hands-on preview here.Click here for the Naval War: Arctic Circle Dev Diary >>
Maritime warfare is one of the tightest niches on the games market, so we were pleasantly surprised to learn that Paradox Interactive are supporting Turbo Tape Games in the creation of an authentic naval RTS. Needing to know more about the mysterious new project, I sat down with Chief Technical Officer Jan Haugland in order to see how the alpha version is progressing.
As it turns out, Naval War: Artic Circle is plotting a brave course between hardcore realism and arcade accessibility; a deep and strategic experience that can be played and mastered by the mainstream. It's an ambitious remit and an exciting precedent - and Turbo Tape are primed to deliver once the full game surfaces next year.
As an nautical RTS, Naval War: Arctic Circle hinges on the deployment of battlegroups, ships, aircraft, bases and submarines as they do deadly battle in the North Atlantic ocean. The premise is that vast stockpiles of oil and natural gas have been located in international waters, leading to fierce competition and all-out wars over the increasingly valuable resource. Two campaigns will provide a lengthy storyline from both a NATO and Russian perspective, with the alternate reality allowing Turbo Tape to create an involved storyline that may lead to the NATO nations becoming factional and self-serving.
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Paradox Interactive and Turbo Tape Games have released a new teaser trailer to set the scene for Naval War: Arctic Circle. It's a strategic naval warfare sim that will "challenge players as they navigate the world’s deadliest ocean vying for dominance and complete control of the arctic seas, strategically controlling naval units above, below and on the surface of the frigid waters." It sounds like a fun precedent, and we hope it works.
I'll be personally paying Paradox a visit at Gamescom to see how it's shaping up. For now, hit up the trailer after the break.Click here for the trailer >>