Battalion Commander is an entirely awesome vertical shooter by IriySoft. First of all, it has tiny soldiers, awww. Second, those soldiers are seriously deadly (and deadly serious). Also, there are helicopters, tanks, grenades, napalm, and your fashion-conscious enemies are wearing pink uniforms: what's not to like? Your goal is not so much to finish the level, as to complete missions. Each level gets more and more difficult, until you're getting shot from all sides like a loser in a water balloon fight, but that's all right, as long as you keep getting experience points and money.
There are a hundred missions in total, which ensures hours of butt-kicking gameplay. Every time you start a level, you have three of them to finish, and they range from killing a number of enemies with a knife to destroying helicopters with napalm waves. Experience points go towards your next rank, and each rank unlocks three upgrades, which cost money to activate. The upgrades are well implemented, and varied enough to influence every aspect of the game; they give your little soldiers the much needed upper hand as they progress through the ever harder levels. Mechanics are smooth, your squad moves in elegant unison, and bullets hit their targets with admirable ease. The visuals are (don't say "cute"!) colourful, bright and clear, which is a good choice when your screen is often crowded with enemy objects. Even if, in the beginning, you die well before the end of a level, Battalion Commander never seems frustrating. For a relatively simple shooter, it's surprisingly addictive, not least because it makes you think the good old "just one more mission and I'll stop, I promise."