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Bring forth the toybox of war in a fast, action packed strategy game with a light hearted twist in this tribute to Nintendo and Intelligent System's Advance Wars series!
We finally embark on our own custom made maps designed around the more minimalistically cartoony feel of this mod over the less minimalistic RA3 maps.
Posted by TotallySnappy on Feb 23rd, 2011
Small and compact, little island is a perfect holiday resort with two rivial armies on either side of the island with automated minicannons guarding their respective HQ's.
Like in the official titles, little island is designed for quick and small skirmishes with most of the action taking place around the central 4 cities, however in Frontline each player has 2 automated Minicannons that prevent pesky rushing so if by some horrible fluke you do lose the contest in the middle, you have a good minute or so of procrastination to pump out those mechs in ridiculous numbers!
We've also scrapped the RA3 minimaps in favour of ones that mimick the Advance Wars map sprites!
(Left: Skirmish Select & Right: During Battle)
And if these aren't enough for you, well we have another video of gameplay! Note that the rocket trails have been toned down as they may have caused blindness as they were in this video and also minicannons are not functional just yet, when we do get them up and running however, games will become much longer and much more interesting! (Be sure to watch it fullscreen in full 1080p!)
Music in order of appearance:
Battalion Wars 1: Callsign Eagle
Battalion Wars 2: Incursion
Battalion Wars 2: Wings of the Gunship
Although not implemented yet, we do intend on making terrain a key part of Frontline gameplay, however it won't be exactly the same as in Advance Wars.
Firstly, roads will offer no cover bonus but will allow vehicles to move faster.
Any units within the area of a forest will have a good defense bonus but will move slightly more slowly. In fog enabled games, units hidden in the fog are protected by the low vision range enemies will have when looking into it.
Mountains are tricky, unfortunately we cannot prevent vehicles from using them and allowing infantry through so we will need to use a workaround by which vehicles can go through mountains and do get a small cover boost, however they will move incredibly slowly. Infantry meanwhile have a little speed penalty but will have a greater cover bonus.
Finally on the topic of properties, bases, cities and whatnot. Any friendly units in a radius around said property will recieve a minor cover bonus and will slowly repair. This means tackling enemies near their properties will be no easy task.
We've had a playable land beta up for almost 2 months now and we've had a good 400 downloads from moddb but may I remind people that we have forum threads and groups to make matchmaking easier and we still need bug and balance feedback. We need feedback at this stage or we won't be able to make further beta releases!
Spread the word and we'll see you on the battlefield!