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While many iOS gamers gravitate towards free games due to their non-existent financial obligation, there is a large segment of games that, while costing players, are undoubtedly some of the best games that the iOS has to offer. The market is well-saturated with options when it comes to iOS WW2 games, so it’s a matter of narrowing down the options and picking out the best of the best. So, what are the paid-for games that are worth both your time and money? Let’s review them:




10. Angry World War 2

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There’s no doubt that the Angry Birds franchise is one that’s taken the game world by storm. In this clone, players assume the role of a member of the Allies who battle it out with Nazi targets almost identically to the way Angry Birds is played. Like the avian counterpart, players are awarded bonus points for “trick shots” and ricochets that send the soldier bouncing around into additional enemies.

Angry World War 2 is by no means a powerhouse when it comes to the visual department: blocky, pixelated, and choppy all came to mind while playing through the game. However, because I enjoy these lighthearted games, it was difficult to discount its gameplay merits from allowing it a place on this list. It’s not meant for the enthusiast or purist crowd, but will undoubtedly satisfy those looking for a bit of casual fun.

Apple Rating – 3/5
Personal Rating – 2.5/5
Last Updated – July 03, 2013
Cost – $0.99

9. Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy

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Combat flight simulators aren’t receiving as much attention as of late. Their popularity peaked in the mid to late 1990s, but the saturation of the market during that time meant gamers were left with so many options at their disposal. Sky Gamblers doesn’t deviate from the established norm when it comes to this category of games. It allows players to pilot planes used within the Second World War in order to defeat opposing armies and while there’s a semblance of setting, there’s no way to tell the difference when everything is set in the skies.

Sky Gamblers is an excellent visual package and makes full use of the hardware that’s available to more modern Apple devices. This game performs remarkably well on the iPad thanks to its 4X AF filtering options and HDR rendering. Visually speaking, this is a game that’s hard to beat.

Apple Rating – 4/5
Personal Rating – 3.5/5
Last Updated – February 06, 2013
Cost – $2.99

8. Glory of Generals

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If there was ever a turn-based strategy game that required advanced thought processes, Glory of Generals definitely fits the bill. Unlike many strategy games, Glory of Generals requires players to consider the terrain around them when moving armies across the battlefield. There are many accurate considerations to make while playing the game: it’s not possible to move a tank through a forest for example.

Players won’t be in for anything out of the ordinary when it comes to WW2 turn-based strategy games. For the most part, they’ll be watching an overhead map while they execute their manoeuvres. It’s definitely a game that will keep enthusiast level gamers occupied for quite some time thanks to its 35 campaigns and the experience is highly comparable to one of the most popular WW2 strategy games on the PC, Panzer General.

Apple Rating – 4/5
Personal Rating – 3.5/5
Last Updated – July 03, 2013
Cost – $2.99

7. Toy Defense

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Toy Defense belongs to a category of games known as Tower Defense games. In them, players are required to construct a defense barrier that prevents enemies from reaching the others side of a map. Toy Defense sticks to this model completely and doesn’t offer players any unexpected surprises. It is a TD game to its very core and visually adheres to what players might expect from this type of game.

Its only real lagging point is the use of health bars, which quickly clutter the display during the later rounds when several towers are in close proximity to each other. Nonetheless, this is an excellent mesh between the Second World War and TD and would suit those who enjoy both very well. Its lower cost is sure to please, too.

Apple Rating – 4.5/5
Personal Rating – 3.5/5
Last Updated – July 24, 2013
Cost – $0.99

6. World War II: Heroes of Valour

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This is the sort of game that gives me a rather nostalgic feel. Heroes of Valour is a completely text-based roleplaying game, where players assume the identity of an unnamed Allied soldier and must perform his duties within the Second World War. Players guide him through text prompts and enter a designated number to perform a certain action, depending on the situation. As one might expect, there aren’t any graphics per se, but the gameplay experience is second to none: very reminiscent of the 1980s.

Apple Rating – 3.5/5
Personal Rating – 3.5/5
Last Updated – May 30, 2013
Cost – $0.99

5. Raiden Fighter 1942

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Making another appearance from the combat flight simulator genre is Raiden Fighter 1942. However, it picks up where Sky Gamblers left off in terms of the game’s shortcomings. While players were treated to a back story as they played through Sky Gamblers, there was no way to distinguish between the locations since everything took place in the sky. This isn’t an issue any longer. In Raiden Fighter, players will often be required to complete objectives in more urban locations with clear distinctions between cities within the game.

Raiden Fighter isn’t as visually impressive as Sky Gamblers, but there is certainly a lot more to have a look at while flying through the campaigns. In my mind, this greatly improves the overall gameplay experience and makes for a better game overall.

Apple Rating – 3.5/5
Personal Rating – 4/5
Last Updated – May 30, 2013
Cost – $0.99

4. Trenches

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There’s something amusing and slightly addictive about these cartoon-like shooters that seem to have taken the portable gaming world by storm. In Trenches, players control a small army of Allied troops and must guide them through a campaign against their Nazi enemies. Throughout each level, players will be awarded coins for their performance, which they can use to upgrade their weapons.

The game is fluid, crisp, and refined from a visual perspective. I wasn’t able to find instances of framerate stutter while playing through the game, but I never found myself bombarded in any heavy combat scenes that would have taxed my device’s hardware. Nonetheless, this is still a very enjoyable gameplay experience.

Apple Rating – 4.5/5
Personal Rating – 4/5
Last Updated – December 06, 2012
Cost – $0.99

3. Battle Academy

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It’s rare that such costly games make it to such prominent positions on top 10 lists, but Battle Academy is a very hard game to try and ignore. While it will cost players just under $20 to buy the game, players will be treated to undoubtedly the best turn-based strategy game on the market today. Set in WW2, players will guide their armies through various campaigns during the war, which are accented by full 3D cinematics. I did have a few instances where my frames became slightly choppy, but these were only during the most intense scenes and when my device was on low battery. Otherwise, Battle Academy is almost flawless despite its price tag.

Apple Rating – 4/5
Personal Rating – 4.5/5
Last Updated – November 27, 2013
Cost – $19.99

2. Great Big War Game

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When it comes to war-based games, it seems the market is crying out for games that don’t have any sort of visual resemblance to the war when it comes to gaming on portable devices. Fortunately, this is exactly what Great Big War Game has to offer. Yes, players will clearly be able to see where they’re meant to be serving during the Second World War, but this is where the visual identifiers end. The game is lighthearted, abstract, and sports cartoon visuals. Speaking of the graphics, they’re fluid and seamless in transition: I wasn’t able to find anything wrong with them.

Apple Rating – 4.5/5
Personal Rating – 4.5/5
Last Updated – January 27, 2013
Cost – $0.99

1. Strategy and Tactics: World War II Deluxe

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This is perhaps best used as a placeholder. While Strategy and Tactics is undoubtedly one of the best WW2 experiences on the iOS and will satisfy the needs of any player who demands excellence in the form of a real time strategy game, recent updates to the game have rendered it very unstable. Many players report crashing and various bugs when loading the game. This is extremely unfortunate because this title can easily top the list and sports very impressive visuals for a strategy game to boot, but the game is struggling with its popularity due to its instability. Fix this one, guys! It’s easily the best one out there!

Apple Rating – 3.5/5
Personal Rating – 4.5/5
Last Updated – November 27, 2013
Cost – $4.99

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