Alternatives for Warcraft 2/3 or Command & Conquer on iOS
I was looking for an app alternative on iOS for the games I loved and played a lot on the PC and Mac: Warcraft 2 (Warcraft II) and Warcraft 3 (Warcraft III) or games such as Starcraft, Command & Conquer, but it was very hard to find a great one without annoying in-app purchases. I just simply want to pay once and play the game like in the ‘old’ days on my PC.
For Warcraft 1,2,3 there aren’t much app alternatives nowadays in the App Store that have the humor and gameplay and without in-app purchases.
Please note that some apps which are listed here are 32bit apps so therefore can no longer be played with iOS11 and up if the developers didn’t update to 64bit. Do check with the developer or App Store description if the app has been updated for 64 bit or not. I still run iOS10 so for me all these games still work fine.
The best option out there on iOS are:
Viking Village by Limitless Fun (free, with e.g. Wizard in-app for 3.99 euro to get wizard + remove ads). It is available on iOS (free, with in-app) or ‘Premium’ iOS app which is paid (3,49 euro once), Mac, Android (Google Play) and Windows (via Steam 3.99 euro once). It doesn’t have horrible gem in-app purchases. The purchases that are there are no needed although supporting the developer is a must I think and removing the ads as well. The game looks really great and has various game modes including a classic RTS village vs village. It doesn’t have Orcs or Humans but Vikings the way to collect wood/stone/food and building a village and defend it and go to war is quite similar. I did send a (long) list of suggestions/improvements to the developers and I hope they will use those to further improve this amazing game. This game deserves so much more attention I think.
Cartoon Craft by Studio Nap / 1506 Games /ParkPill
The game is a true RTS, there are no in-app purchases, no ads. You just have to pay once . Google Play (normally 1.89 euro, now temporary 0,99 eurocents), App Store (2,29 euro). As far as I know this is a one person developer studio. See also the response from the developer on the TouchArcade forum topic in which he als mentions he is a true fan of Warcraft II and that he based this cartoon version on WCII.
Although the game was released very recently (6th of June ’18) the developer already implemented some things in the game which the players have been suggesting. Below are some more suggestion to the developer to further improve the game.
Some bugs were introduced since version 1.2 from 14th of June:
– When you select a worker and ask to build a building then sometimes the worker doesn’t walk to the build location but it does start to build but sometimes neither happens although there is enough money.
– Workers stop chopping wood after they chopped wood although they are standing right before the trees
– Worker chops Wood in the same area as before instead of anywhere else so you decide where to chop so enemies can’t easily attack the village
– When you lose (no more workers, warriors or town hall) level “rise of zombies” the game crashes instead of a message that you lost the game and e.g. can start over.
Suggestions for the developer to make the game even better:
– See costs of units/buildings (gold/lumber) when selected now you can only see it when there isn’t enough gold/lumber
– When you lost all workers in level 2 due to attack you don’t see game lost. There isn’t enough money to train new workers.
– Show mission in menu instead of on screen all the time
– Upgrade buildings option eg watch tower
– iCloud sync to continue playing on various iDevices
– Option to Heal units
– Option to Repair buildings
– Choose Humans or Orcs
– Add option to skip how to
-Reduce the size of the explanation text box what to do. There is so much white margin above and below it.
– Add sounds when you select a unit like in Warcraft II
– Lack of Orcs buildings
– Multiplayer vs friend or stranger
– More gold mines on each mission map
– Water and build harbor, ships
– Chop Wood in the same area as before instead of anywhere else
– Link to developers website in App Store/Google Play is broken instead link to 1506games dot com also good to mention Twitter and email for feedback and support.
OrcWar by Menfou/Cedric Larouziere which is free. UI wise it’s really nice and also has awesome sounds that sound a lot like Warcraft II/III. The settings and levels are limited and it are only Orcs and not humans although it looks like the developer is planning to add humans as well by looking at their Facebook page. Unfortunately it could use some improvements like an overview map or a bit better way of selecting multiple troops and more type of building and e.g. water and air transportation or Humans aside of Orcs. I would love to pay once 10 euros for all of these features. Currently an ad is showing in the app which they should definitely remove and instead ask a few euros (once, no in-app please!) although when you put your iDevice in offline mode you won’t see it. It’s also available on Windows Phone (OrcWar, OrcWar RTS) and Android as well. The developer did responded to my App Store review on the 9th of May 2017 in which he said that an update can be expected for iOS, however this didn’t happen unfortunately.
There was a game in 2009 which was called ‘Rise Of Lost Empires‘ by Gameloft which seems like a great WC2 game and did only cost 4.99 dollar (one time only) but is unfortunately no longer available in the App Store. Please see some videos and details here and here.
There is Autumn Dynasty Warlords | see in App Store (6.99 dollar), last update Feb. ’15 | Google Play (4.99 dollar) RTS version | which is definitely not the same thing as Warcraft and is more an Age of Empire 2 (AOE2) kind of game but maybe you will like it.
There was also Starfront which was also a great clone by Gameloft which looked a lot like Starcraft. Unfortunately that is also no longer available in the App Store as well. Please see a description, video and pictures of the game here.
I found five great alternatives for C&C though which are:
Z Steel Soldier | see in App Store or Google Play (5.99 euro) | developer: Kavcom Limited | last updated: 5th of June 2015 | price: 6,99 dollar/euro, no in-app purchases, compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Machines at War 3 RTS | see in App Store or Google Play (7.50 euro)| developer: Isotope 244 | last updated: 1st of June 2016 | price: 6,99 dollar/euro, no in-app purchases, compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Land Air Sea Warfare (HD) | iPhone / iPad (1.99 dollar – iPhone – 3.99 dollar – iPad) or Google Play (4.49 euro)| developer: Isotope 244 | last updated: April 2013 | price: 3,99 dollar/euro, no in-app purchases (not in iOS version, not sure about Android version), compatibility: Requires iOS 4.2 (iPhone) 3.2 or later (iPad). Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
Warfare Incorporated | see in App Store or Google Play (beta) | developer: Spiffcode, Inc. | last updated: 29th of January 2016 | price: free, no in-app purchases, compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
MechCom 2 – 3D RTS | see in App Store or Google Play | developer: Game Dev Team | last updated: 7th of June 2016 | price: 0,99 dollar, no in-app purchases, compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
MechCom – 3D RTS | see in App Store or Google Play | developer: Game Dev Team | last updated: 26th of July 2013 | price: 0,99 dollar, no in-app purchases, compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch