I recently lost my deck of tactical objectives (again). This also coincided with the arrival of the tactical objectives app. I decided, "What the heck, lets buy this app and see how it works." The results were less than stelar.
Many aspects of the app are very convenient. The mission can be randomly selected or chosen from the list. This app also includes the rules for each mission, in the mission details, so you don't have to spend quite as much time flipping through your rulebook. Army specific objective decks can be purchased and unlocked, and the standard deck and cities of death deck come with the app for free.
How do we play this game again?
Once a game is started, all of your cards are displayed on screen, and can be enlarged for better reading. Cards can be scored or discarded and the app will keep track of your overall score. There are even three buttons at the top to score first blood, slay the warlord, and linebreaker.
I'm old, I can't read those tiny letters.
However, there are some serious shortcomings. There is an option to discard any card at any time, but there is not a similar option to draw a new card at any time. The only time new cards can be gained is at the beginning of a new turn. House rules about discarding and redrawing impossible objectives are right out. The tactical traits from the rulebook also cause serious problems with the app. Only two of the tactical traits can be used with the app.
But I need moar cardz!
The size of the app is also an issue. Unfortunately the app takes up way more space than it should. When it was first released the app took 2.1 gigs! Since then, through updates, the total storage has dropped to 1.1 gigs, but this still seems excessive.
Right now there are also not any controls for the sound, so all of the sound affects (the same for every action) happen at full volume. Yes, you can mute your phone, but this is an incredibly basic option that should be there as part of the app.
At the moment, there are some critical flaws in this app. I would not recommend that anyone spend their money until certain aspects are fixed. As I say that, I am very hopeful that these aspects do get fixed. I am not a programmer, but I feel like all of these issues could easily be fixed with a patch. If this app is something you are curious about, then I would check back with reviews and see if/when there is an update. The studio who created the app has mentioned that they are working on updates, but there does not seem to be any details as to what or when. I plan on keeping you all posted on this front. Hopefully this has been helpful, and you all exercise a bit more patience than I did.