Games for the weekend: The Great Little War Game

Games for the Weekend is a weekly feature aimed at helping you avoid doing something constructive with your downtime. Each Friday we’ll be recommending a game for Mac(s aapl), iPhone or iPad that we think is awesome enough to keep you busy until Monday, at least.

“Dem bullets sure are pointy,” one grunt cautions when he’s hit. When the next volley takes him out, he dramatically proclaims, “Yer… Gonna… Miss me.” High on fun and short on seriousness, The Great Little War Game ($2.99, iOS universal) is this week’s featured title.

The voiceovers, done with a Southern drawl, actually add to the charm of this game. If you don’t like them, you can get different ones via in-app purchase. The cartoony graphics are somewhat reminiscent of Team Fortress 2, which is a good thing. While it’s a turn-based game, it does have a resource management component reminiscent of real-time games like Starcraft(s atvi).

The Great Little War Game isn’t a new game, but it has recently been updated, adding 10 new levels to the previous version’s 20, and five new skirmish maps. The campaign also has a tutorial mode, easing you into the game’s mechanics. The biggest downside I’ve found is the lack of a manual or help file. While the tutorial does a good job at teaching you, it’s easy to forget concepts if you haven’t played for a bit. Also, there is no online mode; multiplayer is simply pass-n-play. Which is a missed opportunity, since this would be a great game for online play.

The Great Little War Game is a great iOS game. Quick enough to pick up and play, but addictive enough to make you miss an appointment or two. The recent update also makes additional voice packs “free for forever.” You can purchase two additional map packs are available for $.99 each.

I highly recommend this game to any fans of strategy games. Underneath the silly voices and cartoony graphics is a game with fantastic strategy mechanics worth hours of play.