The planet Chromos has been taken over by the insane supercomputer Skynet Titan. In a desperate fight, the last Drullish survivors - the inhabitants of that planet are called the Drulls - stand against their overwhelming nemesis. Your task, as one of the last surviving generals, is to break through the enemy lines in order to destroy Skynet Titan once and for all.
The first thing you will notice when starting the game is that the screen is split into two parts. The left half belongs to you and your troops, while the right half belongs to your opponent, which can be the computer or (some might have guessed it) a human being. The combat system is simple but unique. While you can move your troops, the computer may assign its units to open fire against units in range. After the turn ends, you will able to attack with your units and the computer can move.
The first few levels may seem simple but this will change very quickly. Your army consists of ground, air and sea units, and you will have to use them wisely since you will be outnumbered in most of your battles. The AI is far from dumb, so you will have to use your mightiest weapon, the terrain. Every unit is restricted in the terrain it can move on. A hovercraft may cross oceans and swamps, but it will have to move around every hill. Your infantry will get blown away in open terrain, but they can hide in a forest or on a mountain.
On many maps you will find buildings like depots or factories which can be conquered with your infantry. These buildings can turn the tide in a heavy battle, especially because you may repair your veteran units. Every unit will gain experience with every fight it survives, so don't sacrifice them. It is wiser to retreat and repair them.
If you are searching for a challenging strategy title, Battle Isle is exactly what you are looking for. Unlike today's real-time strategy games, you will have to think carefully about every move, especially on later levels.
Unfortunately, Battle Isle has some problems. Its sound and graphics haven't survived through time as well as those of Dune 2, for example. But the biggest problem is the interface. You WILL have to take a look at the manual before you play this game or you will be lost. Once you are comfortable with the strange interface, you will hopefully enjoy Battle Isle as much as I did. Although it has some flaws, the challenging level design and fun multiplayer is really worth a try.
This download includes the first add-on for Battle Isle, which is a stand-alone game. When you start the game, the first multiplayer map is enabled by default.
You will find a detailed explanation on how to start the game in start.txt, which is included in the archive.
Part of the Battle Isle series