I don’t know if it’s because of those sleek, elegant, white navy uniforms with gold cuffs and epaulets which are constantly attracting the admiring gazes, or because I’ve been watching too many navy-themed TV shows and movies, but I had always been imagining myself at the helm of some powerful warship. The 35,000 tons heavy battleship equipped with 18 naval artillery guns is cutting the waves, elegant like a swan and deadly as a dagger, the crew carrying my orders as one, a well-oiled machinery with an invincible will of true, hardy seamen. We rule the waves completely. But then someone spots the fleet of hostile destroyers fast approaching. We’re outnumbered. All engines forward, full power!
This might sound like a mere flight of infantile fancy, but actually, you’ll have many moments like this one in Warships Universe: Naval Battle – more, in fact, that most landlubbers could stand, so if you count yourself among those, or you get seasick easily, this isn’t the game for you. Although over the years we had been able to sample a number of high-quality naval themed games such as Silent Hunter 3, Jutland – Pro Edition or Victory at Sea (to name just a few) made for PC and other platforms, there are aren’t too many serious games of this type for mobile devices. Warships Universe: Naval Battle aims to fill this void, by offering a fast-paced action gameplay that’s something between the arcade version of a naval battle game and a very light simulation. Even though you’ll control your vessel with an exceedingly simple interface in a complete arcade manner, you’ll still have to calculate some real-life factors such as movement of your ship, wind, ever-changing weather patterns and others if you wish to hit your ever moving target and be successful in this game and survive the WW2 hell on the highs seas. This is a multiplayer game of the surface fleet variety which will let you control a huge number of historical warships from different nations, pitting you and your fleet consisting of other players across real-world environments such as Atlantic, Pacific, and the Arctic Ocean.
Although on the first look you’d expect Warships Universe: Naval Battle to be a difficult naval simulation, with complex gameplay and maneuvers, the controls themselves are a very definition of simplicity. You’ll have simple arrow keys on the left side of the screen to control your movements, speed, and course, while on the right side of you’ll find controls for your guns, as well as binoculars which will come in hand to zoom in and access the situation more efficiently. Your goals, enemy vessels and everything else will be clearly marked, so you’ll have no difficulty whatsoever to get used to the gameplay. However, although this might be extremely simple and easy to learn, the naval skirmishes between you, your allies and the enemy fleet still can be pretty though. Not only that the human factor and the tactics that your enemies employ to destroy you can be pretty unpredictable, but the fact that you’ll fight on the water where there are no stationary targets and where even the very sea, wind, and the waves will work against you and plot together to make your job more difficult adds an extra dimension to the whole experience.
Fortunately, in addition to great gameplay, all your hard work and naval prowess will be rewarded by truly spectacular visual presentation: the marine environments, models of the ships, rendering of the sea are things that will be appreciated by all true lovers of naval and seafaring games, modern or historic. If you count yourself among that special group of which prefers the sea to dry land and which finds the sounds of torpedoes and missiles fast approaching to the ironclad hull of your ship the most exhilarating thing in the world, then Warships Universe: Naval Battle is the real game for you.