Developer: Handy Games
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★☆☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★☆☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★☆☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★½☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆

1941 Frozen Front isn’t subtle about making its players want to spend $1.99. It might technically be a free to play game, but it offers advert banners that are so obtrusive, that many will quickly find themselves having to decide whether to pay up or just delete the game. Besides being rather off-putting and underhanded, I’m not convinced that 1941 Frozen Front is even worth the $1.99. It might offer some fun, but there are better strategy gaming options already out there.

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Focused on the Eastern Front of the Second World War, players are given the choice of two sides: the Soviet or German forces. This makes a change from the typical US or British led campaigns, although there’s not really much to distinguish the sides.

Placed on a hexagonal board, combat and general manoeuvring is of the turn based kind, with players having plenty of time to plan their next move, by directing their troops and vehicles in the relevant direction. Sub-objectives, alongside wiping out the enemy, emerge such as suggestions of pursuing a specific route or taking out a particular stronghold first. It’s pretty simple stuff though, and there’s quite a strong element of “Rock, Paper, Scissors” style strategizing.

What does stand out is being able to use Anti-Air placements, or bunk down for extra defensive capability. It adds a small tactical edge to an otherwise fairly unremarkable title. 1941 Frozen Front isn’t a game in which it’s possible to gain a perfect victory, however, with attrition very much key to success. This, presumably, helps the in-app purchases available given that they’re used to restock units as well as create new ones. Only a limited supply is ever given for free.

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It’s not so much that 1941 Frozen Front is a bad game, although those incessant adverts do get very annoying, just that it’s a fairly unexceptional game. Steer clear of paying out for anything, and that won’t seem such an issue, but 1941 Frozen Front really doesn’t offer many valid reasons to be worthy of spending money. Each battle might last a suitably reasonable length of time, but don’t expect to be enthralled any time soon.

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