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These issues aside, Command & Conquer Red Alert is the most playable RTS on the App Store. If the lack of multiplayer and a deeper skirmish mode don’t turn you off, we recommend giving this game a shot.
Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a good start. The touch controls work very well, especially the tabs that let you quickly designate squads. But there are some stumbles here, too. There are not enough maps in either the main campaigns or skirmish. The missions are too linear and lean too much on brute force over real strategy. Serious Command & Conquer fans will lament how EA completely streamlined the iPhone edition, but I think trimming some of the resource management makes it much more manageable for the new platform. However, at $9.99 without multiplayer (it's coming for free, unlike other content), it is hard to enthusiastically recommend Red Alert despite offering a couple hours of fun.
While EA has plenty of things to fix and tweak with it’s RTS baby, Red Alert still offers a good gameplay experience that will hopefully improve with time. As with most RTS games, the initial release always has issues, and the inevitable patches to come will help balance things out. At the moment some may not think it’s worth the $10 price of admission due to only 10 campaign missions and a lame skirmish mode that sets you against a dumb AI opponent, but I like to look to the future with games like this. It would have been nice if more than 2 maps were included, but 99 cents for 6 new maps is a steal. Once wifi multiplayer and new campaign map packs become available, I think Red Alert will turn out to be a good time for any RTS fans out there. At the moment, despite some obviously pitfalls, Red Alert is by far the best RTS on the app store, and definitely one to pick up if you are a fan of the genre.
Despite its lack of depth and a myriad of minor flaws, Command & Conquer: Red Alert succeeds in its objective of accessible real-time strategy with good controls and even better graphics