A PC RTS translated to mobile? There's no way it could be any good... is there?
Oh look, it's another WW2 game. Amazing. Why do developers never make games about any of the other wars? World war one was pretty intense, back when Germany was called Prussia. How about all those wars during the 17th century? Why not? Still, this isn't your usual intense action WW2 game. Instead, it's a strategy number, which, in fact, is a refreshing change-and quite fun to play too.
Sudden strike was originally a PC strategy game. It featured vast terrains, great graphics, and an extensive number of levels. So, naturally, it would be an extremely tall order to port the game to a handheld system, let alone the mobile phone, which is probably the weakest. However, Living Mobile has made a considerable effort to make the port work on mobile, which clearly pays off. Sudden strike M.E encompasses German, Russian and Allied campaigns over 12 levels, set in various locations including Stalingrad and Germany.
The graphics, admittedly, are nothing special: Everything is scaled down, to the point where characters on the screen are scarcely noticeable. Little variation in colour is employed, so the game does not look as attractive as it should. On the other hand, though, it does give way for much smoother gameplay throughout. Sound in the game consists simply of a different backing tune in loop for every campaign, which is a bit disappointing-the experience would have been a lot better if sound effects were added.
Each campaign in sudden strike consists of 4 levels each, where you will ultimately be helping an army to reach a certain goal- the German campaign aims to expand the country's hold on Europe, the Russian campaign aims to take Stalingrad back from the Germans, and the Allied campaign is about pushing back the Germans. For each, you're given a variety of units, varying from ordinary riflemen to snipers, submachine gunners and officers. Each unit has its own circle of vision, displayed when they are selected, which varies depending on the unit- riflemen have average vision, while officers can see the farthest. Snipers and submachine gunners both have special abilities- submachine gunners can use grenades, while snipers can use the scope of the sniper rifle to pick off enemies from a longer distance. All units can drive vehicles, which vary from ordinary cars to tanks, and commandeer anti-tank cannons and howitzers. Enemies are reasonably challenging, but the game does get difficult in some places, like in one case where you're pitted against a handful of tanks with 4 units and 2 damaged tanks.
Overall, Sudden Strike M.E is an enjoyable game while it lasts. Though it definitely needed better sound effects, graphics and more levels, Living Mobile has definitely made its port work on such a difficult platform.
What's Hot: Lots of fun to play, different units, driveable vehicles, long playing time.
What's Not: Pixelated graphics in some places, really needed sound effects.