What, This Looks More Like a PC Game Than an iPad Game

I don't just mean visually, because let's face it, these days what you're seeing here isn't that out of the ordinary. But look at the game mechanics on display, compare them to PC games of the same ilk and wonder why the hell hasn't anyone done this earlier?

Autumn Dynasty, a former 2009 IGF China Student Competition finalist, takes the simplest concepts of real-time strategy games and (looks to) move them effortlessly to the iPad, replacing precise mouse gestures with sweeping movements of the hand.

In crude ITS LIKE X MEETS Y terms, it's Total War meets Okami. Which, yeah, is just about the perfect video game. Provided it works as well as it does in this clip.

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It's not out yet, sadly, but it should be soon.

Autumn Dynasty [Official Site, via Pocket Tactics]

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Wow, this looks totally mighty fun. I never understand why the Total War series is all about Shogun (and Middle Ages & Roman Empires), why the Total War game series never covers the Romance of the Three Kingdoms from China, while China "invented" Sun Tzu's Art of War.

Anyway, the students who did this project could already run the game on different platforms (see video), so an Android version is a piece of cake (if they want, that is)!