The new Warhammer 40k app is finally available for iOS and Android, and here at 40k War Zone we wanted to review the app and help you decide whether you should get it or not.
In my opinion, this could be the downfall of this app and service. Considering that you will still have to pay for future Codexes to unlock them within the app and that the Core rules are available digitally for free anyway, paying AUS$7 is quite abusive, specially considering the current world situation where lots of people is struggling economy wise. I believe if they halve the subscription they would have way more people using it, specially once they release the announced features.
The app is beautifully presented with painted models, data sheets, special rules and everything you need to know about your units including weapons, keywords, etc. The app currently has 3 tabs: Reference, Battle forge and Core Rules. Reference is mainly the only functional one, that brings you to a screen with all the different Codex, Chapter Approve, Psyckic Awakenings and all the other books including Forge World. Battle Forge is not functional yet, and Core rules just brings you to a PDF version of the core rules.
The search button on top gives you quick access to whatever you are looking for, but at the moment, it’s very specific and unless you know the exact names, it can be hard to find.
Now that they fixed the initial bugs, the app seems to be stable and functional. I haven’t have any problems with the app stop functioning, and the navigating is very quick.
The fact that the Core rules is just a redirection to a PDF is a huge issue that I hope they address and fix in the future.
On the other hand, Datasheets have a great interface, but they are a mess. All of them should be separated and organized by Faction instead of by books. It’s incredibly annoying having to jump between books to find rules or units. They should all consolidate them in the same section.
What we like:
- Interface and design is great.
- Easy to navigate
- The app has a lot of potential for improvement and I can’t wait to see it.
What we didn’t like:
- At the moment, subscription is not worth the money
- Consolidate Datasheets and organize them by Armies
- Search functionality needs improvement
- Optimize Core Rules to link to datasheets and search functionality
- Needs an option to manage your account and subscription
- Not available for iPad
It’s got potential but needs improvements – 4/10 – The Warhammer 40k App is a beautifully presented app with lots of potential in the future, but as it is right now, it’s not worth the subscription. That said, once they bring Battle Forge and the rest of the promised updates and functionalities, it will be a great app to have.