Sixty years ago, American, South Korean, and UN troops were fighting a brutal war in Korea against North Korea and China. Active fighting ended in the Korean War with the ceasefire agreement of 1953. However, even today hostilities still flare up from time to time with artillery duels and even naval battles. The hostile North Korean regime regularly tests ballistic missiles and nuclear bombs. If you were in command sixty years ago, would the situation have turned out differently? DK Simulations allows you to take command with their Android App Korean War. This review covers the Korean War app by DK Simulations on the Nook Color.
Gameplay. Korean War is a traditional turn-based hex-based war game. You move your units all at once, the app resolves any combat, and then the computer moves its units and resolves combat. In ancient twentieth century times, wargamers would toil for hours over an actual game board moving cardboard counters representing units. They would have to count up the strength factors of all the units, apply terrain modifiers, and roll dice to resolve combat. Today, the Korean War app handles all that bookkeeping drudgery. There are two modes of play: A single player can battle the computer or two human players can take turns sharing the same device.
Realism. You can’t really experience the thrill of gripping an M1 carbine and facing down hordes of Godless communists in freezing cold temperatures through an App. However, the tactics and strategies of the Korean War can be demonstrated via this game. During the Korean war, UN troops found themselves enveloped by overwhelming numbers of Chinese troops. In the game, allied forces can experience the same issues. If you cut an enemies supply lines, you can weaken and slow him considerably in the game. Both sides can use air strikes to attack enemy units. Since the allies control the seas, the UN forces can move from port to port. Allied players can land troops at a port city and attempt to cut North Korean and Chinese supply lines. The UN can resupply troops from the air in lieu of making an air strike.
Balance. In this App, you can win while playing either side in the Korean conflict. With luck and a solid strategy, North Korea can sometimes beat South Korea decisively before United Nations forces can arrive. However, once the American units arrive, North Korea is easily beaten back until Chinese reinforcements arrive. Then, the allies find themselves on the defensive against the communist hordes. To win, you have to exercise sound tactics, watch your supply lines, and use terrain features to your advantage.
Overall. I recommend Korean War from DK Simulations. It’s well worth the low price. The app only cost $1.56 on my Barnes & Noble Nook Color. I enjoyed coming up with different strategies to play as North Korea/China and as the South Korea/United Nations. However, if you are expecting a graphical user experience and sleek graphics you will be disappointed. This App automates a traditional board wargame. You have to use your imagination to visualize your units. You have to know that an oval-marked unit is an armored division, an oval with an X in it is a mechanized infantry division, and an X in a unit is traditional infantry. This app does not provide a movie-style experience. However, by automating the traditional board game experience, the Korean War app can save you lots of time and the price of 4-liters of Diet Coke, 2 bags of Doritos, and a pizza. In my book, that’s a pretty good buy.