Wizard Ops arrived on the App Store a couple of years ago — it was a wild and wooly take on magical combat that played more like a shooter than a fantasy RPG. Developers Phyken Media have now returned to the world of Wizard Ops, though not the genre, with a new title called Wizard Ops Tactics.

As you may have reckoned from the title, Wizard Ops Tactics is a turn-based strategy game, where you move various wizards and combatants around a 3D board, casting spells across various terrains to beat the other side. Just like the original Wizard Ops, the graphics on this one can get a little goofy, but also like the original game, the depth of gameplay is very impressive. Each turn consists of a planning phase and an action phase, and while you can use as much time as you like to plan your turns, lining up the right moves in quick succession can get you combo bonuses and even allow you to get a nice advantage over the other team.

Wizard Ops Tactics is great fun, offers lots and lots of content (you can play through a full campaign or get involved in turn-based multiplayer, all while unlocking new units and customizing your current ones), and it’s completely free to download and play. Even if you didn’t try the first Wizard Ops game, but are looking for a great example of turn-based strategy, go pick this one up today.

Daily iPhone App: Wizard Ops Tactics offers well-made tactical battles originally appeared on TUAW – The Unofficial Apple Weblog on Wed, 08 May 2013 20:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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