Here is what I have learned about World War II: Hitler's Revenge from the Castle Vox trailer. World War II was fought by about 20 giant men, rolling around on their sides across the colour-coded landmasses of Earth. America was invaded by Germany, and lost. It was a war fought by hitting each other with castles. The good news is, I can learn not just about the Second Mega War, but also the Crusades, the Holy Roman Empire, the Iran-Iraq war, tribal Africa, the space war of Cosmic Clash, and 45 others. Sillysoft's distinctly not-silly-looking strategy wargame is all about big scale turn-based battles, but rather splendidly comes with a squillion different ways to play its combination of Axis & Allies and Diplomacy.
When I say "turn-based", I mean, "everyone's turn at the same time-based". Everyone makes their moves, and then that plays out, meaning big games can be over as quickly as half an hour. There's team play in the multiplayer letting you gang up against your friends, and an AI to thwart if you don't have any.
Clearly I've not had a go, so I can't tell you if it's actually any good, because if I tried to play a turn-based game I'd immediately collapse face first onto my keyboard and gbfddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
Nope, even thinking about it was too much. But I realise that so many other people, better people, more handsome people, eat this sort of thing for breakfast. I have a chopped banana covered in yoghurt. It's okay for us to be different.
Castle Vox has recently launched, and currently costs $14, and comes with the tools to create your own maps. There's also a demo that gives you a restricted version of the game. Fancy taking a look and seeing what you can learn about WW2? Why, by the magic of HTML there's a trailer below.