The game offers a variety of gameplay options including long campaigns, random battles and scenarios. The game uses a board game paradigm with a hexagonal tile map for deploying units and moving them to specific positions. The approach is turn-based. Players take turns positioning their units and firing at enemy units.
Before playing the campaign missions or scenarios, players must refer to the manual to get acquainted with the game basics. The game is simple and easy to play, but you will have to spend time understanding each unit and its function. This can be a bit disappointing for players who are not well-versed with WWII units. But, once you understand the functions of each unit, the game will become relatively simpler than initially imagined.
Prior to the beginning of each mission, gamers have to purchase units with a set number of available points. The units range from a wide variety of armored tanks to mounted cavalry, foot infantry, snipers, engineers, armored trucks, naval bombard units and support aircraft (for some scenarios). Each unit has its own pros and cons against a particular enemy unit. For example, attacking an armored tank attacked with mounted cavalry will be ineffective, but bombarding it using 80mm mortar units will do the trick.
One of the best aspects of the game is the ability to plan an attack well in advance. You will have to place strike elements of mortars and battleships and wait for couple of turns to let the strike elements trigger. So, predicting the enemy’s next move and placing the strike elements require some tactics.
The mission builder option allows you to create your own maps and save them. Creating custom scenarios can be fun, especially when it gives you a chance to recreate a major WWII battle.