Leviathan Warships is a shiny new naval turn-based strategy game. While this may sound like a pretty straight laced idea for die hard strategy fans, the game is one which might appeal to any kind of player; strategy fans and casual gamers alike. Packed full of customisation to bring you a level of strategic thinking even before the battle has begun, you must put your unique fleet of warships up against other players or the computer, navigating and blasting your way to victory in what is a pretty unique game in itself.
If there is such a thing as in-depth simplicity, this game manages to achieve it. To play the game is very simple indeed, and a few tutorials will make sure you know exactly what you are doing to begin with. At the same time as it is easy to play however, the game does pose a challenge, with no battle being the same as another. You are given the opportunity to make the game and your fleet your own by offering plenty of customisation options for you to plan your strategies and keep things fresh and interesting. To start off by considering the battles themselves, the first thing to notice is again that they are in fact very simple to control. This does not however mean any lack of action or excitement, even with the turn-based system having been employed for the game. To decide on where to move, what and where to shoot and any other actions you may be able to perform, such as activating shields or turning the ship, you simply have to click and drag to these positions. In theory this is so that the same control system can be used across different platforms, with the game being available on touch-screen devices as well as PC. There are some advanced features, such as setting of waypoints to take specific routes around the waters of a map, but even these are simply controlled in this same way. This is a particularly nice way to control the game because it is comfortable for any style of gamer to use, be they “professional” or “casual”.
Aside from its gameplay action, the other key feature of this game as mentioned before is its customisability. Leviathan Warships allows you, the player, to choose everything about the fleet that you take into battle, from the types of ships you choose to fight with to the equipment which they are equipped with. Of course, you are limited to the amount of equipment that you can attach to your vessels of destruction, otherwise things would, well, they would just get silly wouldn’t they. You have a certain amount of points which you can spend on your ships and their arsenals, and the bigger your ship is the more equipment it can hold. Bigger ships however will cost you more points, so if you truly wish to crush everything in your path in these seas of destruction you will have to fight for it and work towards it. Some players may find it frustrating not to be able to jump right in a crush every piece of wood and metal that they see move, but what is a game without some incentive of something greater to work towards? The level of customisation available is very good indeed though for what is comparably quite a pretty small and simple game.
The look of the game on top of its features is also good. Everything looks realistic but things are seen from a higher perspective that what might have been nice, just to be able to see clearly the ships you had built and the detail in combat. Despite the perspective however, the water looks very sharp, even reflecting clouds in the sky as a nice little extra design feature for the more interested eye. The view allows for enough of the battlefield to be seen at once for battles to be easily followed as they unfold. The fog of war feature which comes alongside this is also a clever decision to fit nicely into the traditional style of strategy game map design. The audio features of the game also fit nicely to the action, so overall the aesthetics of the game are very nicely designed.
Leviathan Warships is a very nicely designed strategy which with some helpful recommendation from players could easily go a long way. Its cross platform design, as well as the ability to play with friends across different platforms, is certainly a feature that gamers will likely appreciate, on top of its many desirable features. Leviathan Warships is a simple yet fun, challenging and interactive game which gives players a lot of opportunity to play with a unique style. It is something that could appeal to anyone, be they more dedicated gamers or simply those looking for a bit of cheap fun that will last them well. This simple yet effective game really does have a lot of potential and could well go a long way in becoming a popular choice among a range of different types players. It is most certainly a game that is very worth giving a try.
The Good – Simple but effective; fun, challenging, customisable and of a great design which would suit a very wide range of both serious or causal players.
The Bad – The choice of perspective for viewing in-game battles sacrifices some level of the potential detail which might have been possible.
Disclaimer:All scores given within our reviews are based on the artist’s personal opinion; this should in no way impede your decision to purchase the game.