After a long journey through the Steam Greenlight process, Panzer Corps and all of it’s expansions and DLC are now available on Steam thus making this great game more accessible than it’s ever been.
As I’ve written in the past, Panzer Corps is a medium-weight turn-based strategy/puzzle game with a boardgame feel to it, playing out on a hexagon map with single units per hex. The scenarios represent actual or hypothetical operational-sized engagements from WW2 but are designed to favor gameplay over historical accuracy, so the game is not a serious simulation by any means. The AI opponent, more accurately a programmed opponent, is of limited capability but is specially programmed for each scenario. The scenarios are well designed and plentiful leading to lots of game content, as each scenario presents it’s own unique challenges and an array of difficulty options ensure your experience can be tuned as hard or easy as you like.
The game includes a simple but effective representation of command elements such as experience, airpower, fuel and ammo supply, and replacements. Even more fun, the scenarios can be linked together into campaigns where you move from scenario to scenario with the same core of units, which can make losing an experienced tank unit you’ve had for a long time even more meaningful than in the context of a single scenario. It also allows the game to model some of the technological advancement of the war as larger and more capable units become available in later scenarios as a lowly Panzer II unit driving through Poland in 1939 may many scenarios later be fighting on the Steppes of Russia equipped in King Tiger tanks.
The base game is $19.99 and includes the game engine and the original branching campaign which covers the entire war from 1939-1945 and includes several possible outcomes.
Lastly there are the Grand Campaign DLC, these are $4.99 packages which cover one year of the war and which can be linked together to form a large and much more detailed campaign that spans across more than 70 scenarios. A lot of these scenarios are very unique and large scale and offer the ultimate Panzer Corps experience. These scenarios are personally my favorite part of the game as they present the most interesting and fun challenges.
For someone who wants to dive right in there is the $79.99 bundle which includes everything at a 20 dollar discount.
The simple interface for the game has also been ported to create a Panzer General for iPad.
If you have an interest in WW2 operational level combat and enjoy turn-based decision-making and problem-solving but don’t want to commit to an overly complex simulation or learn a bunch of complicated mechanics, Panzer Corps may be a great game to check out.