Home Editorial Reviews High-tech meta tactics with the GamePlan app

I get a lot of crappy e-mails.

A lot of them are patch notes for games I didn’t know existed. Others are pyramid schemes or offers to join illegal online advertising rings.

But recently I received an interesting press release from the bros at GamePlan. The product they were peddling wasn’t stupid at all and had nothing to do with profiting from human trafficking.

Right off the bat, I was interested.

GamePlan is actually software, an “app” as you kids call it, that lets you use your phone or tablet like a general planning D-Day. That basically amounts to a map on which you can place markers, draw commands, and define areas. You and your friends can see each others’ markings updated as they’re made. It’s not astonishing, but you’ll feel like a badass calling out enemy encampments, delineating attack routes, and, of course, drawing giant penises all over the map.

Speaking of maps, GamePlan has files available for quite a few popular games for free download, or you can boot up a high-res image of your own making. When friends join your lobby, they’ll get a copy of the map file, ensuring you can all collaborate sans problème. While a couple maps I downloaded (Operation Metro comes to mind) were a tad blurry, the devs (and the eventual community) will be updating their databases somewhat regularly. Failing that, you can make a better version yourself.

During my time with the app so far, I’ve been generally impressed with both the existing features and the long-term potential. This isn’t going to come in handy during particularly fast-paced matches of Starcraft 2, but could facilitate more precise team movement in titles like Battlefield 3, World of Tanks, or hell, even Madden! I’m actually surprised regulation NFL, FIFA, and MLB fields aren’t part of the existing map pool, as any sport enthusiast’s dream has always been to pepper a virtual arena with sloppily drawn Xs and Os.

Of course, you’ll want to supplement your doodles with lots of condescending shouting. There isn’t any built-in voice communication, but since this is a product you use on your goddamn cell phone, I don’t think that’ll be a problem (unless iPhones can’t multitask yet. Can they?) Whether you chat with your homies on speakerphone, via Bluetooth, or on some non-phone communications network is up to you. Or you could always just let your increasingly harried arrows and waypoints do all the talking.

To prevent the map from getting completely overrun with phallic symbols and tank stamps, you can designate certain players as commanders or squad leaders. Your markings (as general) will be visible only to them, and their markings will be visible to their individual squads. It’s a cross between Battlefield 2 and Ender’s Game, essentially. I guess that makes GamePlan your Ansible! I haven’t had the chance to test this feature (what with the program being so new), but it seems necessary, especially given the small screen space on most phones.

 

Download GamePlan

Even though GamePlan isn’t paying me nearly enough to do this, I want you all to check out the app for yourself on Google Play. Or, if you’re using an iPhone or iPad, have your butler look it up for you. (or I guess click here)

You can also learn more at the GamePlan website or, assuming you’re too lazy to read, I’ve embedded a video explaining everything I touched on with my fancy words up top. Check it out and let me know what you think!

8 replies to this post
  1. Hi – thanks for the nice review. I’m the creator ad developer of GamePlan. If you have any questions I would be delighted to answer.

    Just to clarify a few points of the above review.

    1) We would love to make the maps all of the same HD standard, but some are just not available from my community so far, so if you know anyone that can help in this regard (for any game, really) that would be fantastic. Maps can be submitted through my website to add to the MapLocker. You can of course just share your own maps privately in the group, but my dream is to have user contributions making the app better for everyone :)

    2) We are looking at integrating VOIP in an advanced way. It will come one day but we want to develop it in the right way, so it is taking some planning. All I can say is that it will be really useful and flexible when it arrives, not just ‘tacked on’.

    3) We are looking at releasing separate apps for real-world sports. You can use it that way with custom maps for now anyway, but we are going to be creating specific tools and icons for sports.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions too. We are very responsive to user feedback and have a lot of great new features coming in the next version (in a few weeks) that are all user suggestions so we are committed to improving the GamePlan experience for all your favourite games!

    Thanks again,
    Mark
    GamePlan

  2. You didn’t lead me astray with Robotek, so I’m considering this.

    It’s a shame there’s no trial version.

  3. Hi BigTime067 :)

    It is on 80% discount for another few hours. I will be putting the price back up to its regular selling price of £2.99 / 3.99 euro / $4.99 at midnight EST today, so if you want to save some cash I can advise to get your team on board quickly ;)

    This was a special price for the launch event (Insomnia 45) we did this weekend but I extended it a few days.

    I’d appreciate you taking the risk and to hear your impressions :)

    • I actually bought it before seeing your reply. I realized what kind of a cheapskate I was being about $1.11! :)

      I’ll be checking it out at work today. Thanks!

  4. Download GamePlan – now FREE! Upgrade for 50% DISCOUNT!
    The strategy and tactics planning tool for multiplayer gamers, is now a FREE download!
    Use GamePlan before, during and after games to plan your team strategy in real-time in a revolutionary and intuitive new way. GamePlan will give you a personal overview of your game, allowing you to be more organised, more dangerous and have more fun!

    There are hundreds of maps built-in for the main PC games such as Starcraft 2, Battlefield 3, League of Legends, Call of Duty series and MANY more. See the MAP LIST for a full run-down. (http://www.gameplanlive.com/maps )

    Try if for free and see how GamePlan can revolutionise the way you play team or co-op games!
    Download maps, try the tools, see how it works and connect to a hosted room. If you like what you see you can unlock all features with a simple In-App Purchase so that you can draw back in real-time and host rooms up to 16 players.

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