By Dan Verssen
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You must have iPad version 2 or later to play this game.
The renowned solitaire strategy game, now on iPad!
Praise for the Leader series of games:
"This is a very, very, very good game." - DiceTower.com
"Phantom Leader is solidly one of the best solitaire games I have ever played!" - DriveThruReview
"... a superb solitaire wargame." - Boardgamegeek.com
Welcome to the Vietnam Air War!
Phantom Leader places you in command of a US Air Force or US Navy Tactical Fighter squadron in Vietnam between 1964 and 1972. You must not only destroy the targets but you must also balance the delicate political repercussions of your attacks. If you strike too hard, your air offensive might be put on hold, strike too light, and you’ll be blamed for losing the war.
Each of the campaigns can be played with either an Air Force or Navy squadron. The targets assigned to each service are different and change the complexion of the campaigns. Each campaign can be played with three different durations of: Skirmish, Conflict, or War.
Each of your pilots has their own skills. Selecting the right pilots and weapons for a mission is vital to its success. As you fly missions, your pilots will gain experience and fatigue. With experience, their skills improve, but as their fatigue increases, their skills decrease and they might not be able to fly for several missions.
Do you have what it takes?
- All the campaigns and pilots from the original board game.
- Tutorial and in-game help system.
- Beautiful graphics inspired by the board game.
- Real physics-based dice.
- No setup time. No fumbling with tiny pieces.
What's New in Version 1.0.6
USAF 1972 leaderboards are now active!
Smooth, frustrating play.
I bought this game based on reviews on a website as well as those here. I agree with some of the negative reviews - the dice rolls almost always go the AI's way. With one exception, I have never been able to neutralize a ground target, even with A-6s and F-4s loaded with bombs and rockets. I've mostly played short (2 day) campaigns, and it's hard to come back to a game you consistently lose due to the "luck" of the die. I've always felt that rigged die results detract from many a wargame, and I feel it is meant to make up for poor AI. The app runs smoothly, and I've yet to experience any kind of crash, it's just the die rolls that kill this game for me - if you're using a 10-sided die, every number should have a roughly 10% chance of coming out! but my die rolls are almost consistently low rolls while the AI gets lots of high results. Do something to make this game a little more playable for those of us who never played the board game. Please.
Follow-up: I've had this game a few weeks, and I'm extremely disappointed. I can't seem to catch a break because the die rolls go against me more than 3/4 of the times I play. I've been war gaming for over 30 years and I can't manage to even get a reasonable score in a scenario. The AI rolls high numbers just about in proportion to the amount of low rolls I get. I've come to the conclusion it's just not enjoyable.
Clunky / Disagree with the positive reviews
Still pretty new to this, but I'm not impressed. I'm not seeing the positive reviews. On the surface this appears to be an intelligent and well designed game with a lot of stats to track, but the iPad version is clunky and boring, and just not.....fun. So far the dice are comically against the human opponent.
If you are new to Phantom Leader, don't start here. You'll need to have a working knowledge of the game before you try it with this app. The rules explain how to play Phantom Leader, but do not explain how to play Phantom Leader ON THE IPAD! You'll have to learn by trial an error and a lot of restarts.
I like board games, but this adaptation to iPad is frustrating. I regret my $15 purchase, but it has probably saved me spending much more on the actual board game or any of the Leader series.
Bad in so many ways
A bad board game and a worse port.
Rule set for the iPad version is limited and not as complete as the board game. Download the PDF rule set its helpful. For what it's worth.
I agree the ai and the dice are too stilted and "rigged" in their favor.
Gameplay is not smooth, constant screen interruptions, while I'm sure they the authors thought helpful are disruptive.
Better info on weapons at the choosing screen would be nice, but you're supposed to have that knowledge apparently. There's no way of looking this info up via a help or secondary menu screen.
It would be helpful to have an undo button at a certain level to allow new players time to adapt and try to learn their way around this miasma of what tries to be a "game", but in reality it's nothing but fruitless button pushing.
I have two other board games from this publisher one I purchased the other a gift. This was a last attempt at giving these folks a shot. It wasn't worth it.
Do not buy this game, and I would play test their other products if possible, before purchase. They're not worth the money.