Armoured Commander II is out of Early Access on Steam as of this week! If you’re not familiar with this indie wargaming title, it’s a one-man show with Gregory Adam Scott at the helm. Armoured Commander II puts you back in charge of your tank during a procedurally generated campaign during 1939-1945 in World War II.
The original free and open source version of the game was primarily a port of the Avalon Hill game Pattton’s Best which was itself an attempt to adapt B-17 Queen of the Sky. The difference with the second iteration of Armoured Commander, however, seems to be in the depth of control and the variety of options available.
Players command a tank across a campaign made up of campaign days. Each day presents a new mission type and a map across which players move and fight. Crew members staff various stations within the tank and can be leveled up giving this an RPG-esque feel. The term rogue-like applies here because of both the presentation layer, which is ASCII graphics and the procedural battlefields.
If you’re interested in a fun, but tactically deep WWII rogue-like with its roots in Patton’s Best…then this is your game!