by Simon Sage
RAD Soldiers quickly replaced Hero Academy as my favorite turn-based strategy game thanks to its modern feel and deep customization options. Players build out a squad of deadly mercenaries and fight over missile crash sites at locales across the globe (for some reason), earn cash, and spend it on recruiting new members. Game maps are sectioned off as a grid, and are riddled with low cover and high cover locations which can mitigate incoming fire. Each character has a certain number of action points they can use in a turn, a selection of special abilities, and health bar that varies in size by character. You can chew on single-player challenges for awhile to earn rewards, or you can take the fight online against other players. Expansion packs can be bought through in-app purchases, or you can pick up the in-game currency to fast track your mercenary outfit’s gear.
RAD Soldiers is a fine mix of strategy and action, with plenty of progression and customizability to boot.