Strategic Mind: The Pacific is a turn-based strategy set in the WW2 period depicting the war between the USA and the Empire of Japan waged in the Pacific Ocean with mindblowing historical accuracy and attention to detail. Two Sides. Two Commanders. Two Destinies.
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Mostly Positive (33) - 72% of the 33 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (81) - 82% of the 81 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Apr 30, 2019

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Strategic Mind: The Pacific is being developed with full transparency to players. We have made a lot of fixes based directly on their comments. Early Access will give us the possibility to get more feedback from players and will guide us in the creation of new content and gameplay tuning.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We don't expect Early Access to last longer than six months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

  • Two full-scale campaigns will be in the full version of the game;
  • Some UI elements are replaced by placeholders during the Early Access;
  • Some unit quotes and models are missing in the Early Access version of the game.

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The game is stable and 100% playable. We've implemented a lot of content already and made a lot of fixes based on the community's feedback. Here is what we get at moment:
  • No cutscenes and voice acting (in missions);
  • Only 3 US campaign missions available;
  • Some HQ and Level-up skills might be unavailable (it will not affect gameplay because of a limited number of missions);
  • Only units necessary and available during first 3 missions will be added;
  • No steam achievements;
  • Only English localisation;
  • Some skill or equipment icons might be missing;
  • No heroes available;
  • Some sound and visual effects might be missing.

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We expect the full version to cost higher.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Constant communication with the community is crucial for independent teams. The players have already helped us to make various fixes. We will also keep posting developers’ diaries and updates and asking for feedback on our official pages on Steam and Facebook. We always welcome our community to discuss play mechanics, new features and the overall experience to ensure the players get a high quality project.”
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July 19

Why aircraft are powerful?

One of the main forces to reckon with in Strategic Mind: The Pacific is aircraft force. However, some players struggle to learn all the tricks necessary to utilize aircraft to the utmost. So, we decided to share some advice which should help you in command of the air force.

Game mechanics advice:

1) Use “overstrength”
You can increase experienced units` strength as shown at the screenshot above.
This is extremely important! It is one of the biggest advantages of Aircraft over naval units. Increased strength improves not only survivability but also the damage output. A 15 strength bomber will deal 50% more damage compared to 10 strength one.
2) Do not underestimate skills
Aircraft have a set of great skills, make good use of them. Here are a few examples:
Afterburner - increases not only operational range, but also defense of an aircraft unit.
Boom & Zoom - you should activate this one when engaging the enemy fighters. It will allow you to attack before the enemy returns fire.
Linked the fight - is extremely important to deal with a pair of enemy fighters next to each other.
Altitude - will increase the survivability of your aircraft units manyfold.
Tactical retreat - is great for repositioning your units after the attack to minimize retaliation.
And so on.
3) Make good use of equipment
Various types of ammo will increase the effectiveness of your raids greatly.
Aircraft radar is great for night sorties.

Tactical advice:
1) Choose the right target
Destroyers are difficult targets for aircraft and better be dealt with via naval units.
Aircraft are great at destroying capital ships and carriers of the enemy. (5-6 aircraft are capable of sinking a Battleship in one go). They can also attack the enemy submarines with torpedoes.
2) Separate target, or kill its escort first
Large fleets collectively have powerful AA capacity. So, you have to try isolating the enemy ships and/or destroying their escort first. Then a couple of lonely or separated ships have become an easy target for your aircraft.
3) Attack in the right order
One of the ways to initiate an attack on a target with a strong AA capacity would be as follows. Try attacking with incendiaries first targeting the enemy AA and DP guns and only afterward continue with torpedoes/armor-piercing shells to finish off the enemy.
4) Deal with enemy fighters first
Do not let your bombers fly without fighters cover until the enemy is out of fighters.

Repair and Reinforcement advice:
AA fire (both land and ship) mostly deals non-lethal damage to Aircraft. Damaged Aircraft are repaired automatically upon landing. (On Carrier or Airfield)
Fighters (and bombers return fire) on the other hand deal mostly lethal damage.
If your Aircraft unit suffered a lot of lethal damage, you can reinforce it for prestige and command points. However, this can be done only on land airfields. (Not on board carrier).
It is important to save your aircraft (at least core ones) and let them gain experience, so that they eventually become your most valuable tool.

Future changes:
We plan certain tweaks (in parameters) and addition of news content (HQ skills and Heroes with custom skill sets and so on) before full release which will add new tricks to your arsenal.

We hope that this article will help in the meantime to use your aircraft force more efficiently.
In the future news updates we will make a comparison of all main types of forces in our game to see what are their respective strong and weak sides. So, stay tuned.

With best regards,
Starni games development team

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July 11

Chuichi Nagumo 南雲 忠

I feel that I've undertaken a heavy responsibility. If I had only been more firm and refused. Now we've left home waters and I'm beginning to wonder if the operation will work.
- (Before the attack on Pearl Harbor) © Chuichi Nagumo

Chūichi Nagumo (南雲 忠一 Nagumo Chūichi, 25 March 1887 – 6 July 1944) was a Japanese admiral in the Imperial Japanese Navy. He was tasked with carrying out the attack on Pearl Harbor and later on he was a commanding officer in other key naval battles of the Pacific war. After the tides of war have turned, and IJN suffered heavy losses, he ended up commanding the defense of the Island of Saipan. When Japanese resistance on Saipan was over he committed suicide with his pistol.

One son of Nagumo described him as a brooding father, obsessed with and later regretful about pressuring his sons into the IJN. In contrast, Nagumo's junior naval officers thought of him as a father figure.
He was a dedicated Navy officer who spent his whole life serving his country to the best of his abilities. He also wanted his sons to join the Navy. While in the beginning of the war against the US his operations were quite successful, the crushing defeat at Midway brought an end to his command in major operations.

I-uh-have the utmost respect for Yamamoto-san. If it had not been for him, there would be no naval aviation. However-the most brilliant man can occasionally make a mistake.
- © Chuichi Nagumo

His relations with Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Commander in Chief of the Combined Fleet were arguably strained. Supposedly, Yamamoto might have preferred other officers to take command of the key operations, but the seniority of Nagumo over the rest of candidates left Yamamoto little room for maneuvering. While Nagumo was often voicing his criticism and skeptical view of Yamamoto`s plans, which he then had to carry out.
In Strategic Mind: the Pacific, Admiral Chuichi Nagumo is one of the key characters and while playing the Japanese campaign you will have to work hard to win his trust and support.

As promised in our previous news update, in this update we have presented one of our key characters for the Japanese campaign. Keep following our news updates to learn the rest of the key characters for the Japanese campaign.

With best regards,
Starni Games development team

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About This Game

Strategic Mind: The Pacific is a turn-based strategy set in the WW2 period depicting the war between the USA and the Empire of Japan waged in the Pacific Ocean with mindblowing historical accuracy and attention to detail.

It offers an immersive experience of commanding both sides of the conflict, allowing you to gain a unique understanding of the situation through the eyes of both sides top commanders, resulting in enjoyable and insightful gameplay.

Build up, train and equip your troops with the newest weaponry available to maximize their efficiency and set sail for victory. The core element of the game is large scale naval battles with numerous carrier ships bringing so much more aircraft into the battle for seizing the control over the ocean. Upon overtaking the sea you will have to set foot on hostile land through a series of costly landing operations.

You will have to make your naval, aerial and amphibious forces act as one flawless mechanism - a task only a truly strategic mind can achieve.

Key features:
  • Play both sides of the conflict to gain unique insight into the epochal events of the War in the Pacific: the United States of America defending both its global power and its ideals; and the Empire of Japan fighting for the right to take the future of our world into its hands.
  • You can decide which ships, submarines and aircraft will constitute the bulk of your force. Manage your fleet between missions with all models becoming available at the historically accurate moments.
  • Unique system of attachments allows customizing your units with additional equipment to increase their efficiency and weave them perfectly into the strategy of your own division.
  • Oversee your units becoming more experienced combatants throughout the campaign and choose which skills they should focus on to better suit your strategy.
  • Detailed system of naval battles allows you to damage various ship systems, such as all sorts of armament, hull, engine, flight deck etc. For instance, damaging enemy ship`s engine will reduce its speed and thus all of its defenses making it easy prey for the rest of your flotilla.
  • Choose which of the commander skills will better suit your strategy and employ them at the right moments to turn the tide of battle.
  • Modern graphics combined with historically accurate models of all units make the playing experience much more immersive than ever before.
  • Employ the heroes forged by the furnace of war for the most difficult tasks to ensure the success of the operation.
  • Witness the events unfold through the plot driven cutscenes.
  • Intricate combat mechanics allow you to show the full extent of your tactical and strategic superiority.
  • No “premade DLC nonsense” and long-term support. You gain access to the two full campaigns when you buy the game with all the features. We are likely to make some additional content in the future, but we offer you the full game you can play without worrying about the need to buy any crucial DLCs. The game will be supported long-term in any case.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
    • Processor: Dual-core Intel or AMD, 2.0 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GTX 750 Ti or better or AMD HD 7870 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 14 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Onboard
    • OS: Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (64-bit versions only)
    • Processor: Dual-core Intel or AMD, 2.5 GHz or faster
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD RX 470 or Nvidia GTX 1050 or better
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 14 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Onboard

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