It’s no secret that Dan Verssen Games’ Thunderbolt-Apache Leader is one of my favorite solitaire games ever, and now they’re taking the system in bold new directions with Tiger Leader (WWII ground combat) and Huey Leader (Vietnam close air support).
Both games are getting the deluxe treatment out of the gate, and will come with loads of equipment to be used during the mission planning phases. Tiger Leader puts you in charge of a German Kampfgruppe through seven historical campaigns and the what-if Operation Sea Lion, letting you play from the invasion of Poland through the fall of Berlin if you want to. Much like other leader games, much of the gameplay comes from selecting commanders and equipment before each mission, and then reaping the rewards as they level up and become more skilled or powerful (or crying when an elite unit you’ve become attached to gets thrown into a meat grinder). It will be interesting to see how well the Leader system adapts to ground combat.
Huey Leader looks a lot like Thunderbolt-Apache Leader in the Vietnam era, with battles taking place on a tactical map instead of the area-movement system used in Phantom Leader and Hornet Leader. It models the close air support war between 1965 and 1972, and looks like it will be loaded with goodies.
Both games will retail for $89.99, but can be pre-ordered for $71.99 so head over to DVG and help make these games a reality.