Skirmish 1944

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Skirmish : Normandy 44 is a turn-based strategy war game focusing on the D-Day US landings on Utah beach, Normandy, France on the 6th June 1944.

Presented in the style of a digital boardgame with detailed hex maps & squad-level counters(infantry, tanks & AT guns) to represent the combat arena. 

Dice rolls(d10) are used to resolve choices based on unit stats (such as skill or firepower); the game takes care of all the computations for you such as Line of Sight, armour defence, suppression, smoke defence, etc., so you can focus on the tactical actions & scenario objectives.

Auto-saving after every unit completes its actions, enables more casual playing if you desire.

The AI has been custom scripted for each map as each contains a particular feature (eg a sunken canal) or objectives (usually buildings).

Various player modes are available :
1) play solitaire against the AI(easy, medium, hard settings)
2) pass n play against another player on the same device
3) Host or Join a 2 player online game - using public or private rooms
4) Or observe AI vs AI

Double-sided & tagged counters represent units - squads, teams, vehicles & guns that move & fight skirmishes over different maps to achieve victory either by eliminating the enemy or reaching/capturing/holding objectives.

Implementing a morale/suppression/reduction system to reflect battlefield stress and units being pinned down. This allows you to use the infantry tactics Find/Fix/Flank to good effect.

Scenarios represent typical skirmishes fought in the invasion like the deadly Utah beach landing, canal crossings, hidden hedgerows, town fighting. Units need to take advantage of defensive terrain and spend action points wisely to avoid elimination as moving will likely draw enemy opportunity fire from unspent actions.

Utilising an action points (AP) mechanic for units that allows players to perform tasks such as movement or firing, turning, laying smoke, etc.

An optional fog of war (FOW) can be set for each scenario that can hide enemy counters out of visual range. Additionally, a line of sight (LOS) system can conceal enemy counter details from view and stop them from being targeted even if seen.

Each scenario takes place over a number of game turns composed of phases executed in this order:
. Start Turn
. Reinforcement Phase - new units arrive (eg Landing craft)
. Action Phase - players alternate counters to action, so prioritise according to strategy!
. Melee Phase - same hex units fight in more lethal close combat
. Rout Phase - unsupported units may need to retreat
. Recovery Phase - suppression is reduced, smoke fades
. End Turn - victory objectives are checked

Before starting the first turn there is a Setup Phase to allow counters to be rearranged within areas of the map. You can even add additional counters or place in non-entry hexes.

A 18+ page online manual is available detailing the gameplay & computations.

The first IAP scenario is now available featuring the US paratroop drop on Ste-Mere-Eglise. This map features street buildings to offer close combat urban fighting and a new LOS experience.
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anthony saunders
anthony saunders
Age rating
10+ Everyone 10+

System requirements for iOS

iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen, iPhone 1 1, iPhone 1 1 Pro, iPad Seventh Gen, iPad Seventh Gen Cellular, iPhone 1 1 Pro Max, iPhone SE Second Gen, iPad Pro Second Gen, iPad Pro Second Gen Cellular, iPad Pro Fourth Gen, iPad Pro Fourth Gen Cellular, iPhone 1 2 Mini, iPhone 1 2, iPhone 1 2 Pro, iPhone 1 2 Pro Max, iPad Air 4, iPad Air 4 Cellular, iPad Eighth Gen, iPad Eighth Gen Cellular, iPad Pro Third Gen, iPad Pro Third Gen Cellular, iPad Pro Fifth Gen, iPad Pro Fifth Gen Cellular, iPhone 1 3 Pro, iPhone 1 3 Pro Max, iPhone 1 3 Mini, iPhone 1 3, iPad Mini Sixth Gen, iPad Mini Sixth Gen Cellular, iPad Ninth Gen, iPad Ninth Gen Cellular, iPhone SE Third Gen, iPad Air Fifth Gen, iPad Air Fifth Gen Cellular, iPhone 1 4, iPhone 1 4 Plus, iPhone 1 4 Pro, iPhone 1 4 Pro Max, iPad Tenth Gen, iPad Tenth Gen Cellular, iPad Pro 1 1 Fourth Gen, iPad Pro 1 1 Fourth Gen Cellular, iPad Pro Sixth Gen, iPad Pro Sixth Gen Cellular
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Last Modified: Feb 17, 2023

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