Breach and Clear was a hidden gem at PAX East 2013. This upcoming indie tactical combat game for Android and iOS promises deep strategic gameplay and high customizability in a free to play format. Players guide an elite police force through tense scenarios where even the slightest wrong move can have deadly consequences. The early build we played at PAX ran really well, considering how early in development it is. Some of the guys working at Gun Media on this title have done some fine AAA games, including Call of Duty, which bodes well for the final product.
Players pick squads and weapons based on those you would see in real world police and military forces. Each mission has a player go through every action for each team member on a turn-by-turn basis. Once you know who is moving where, who has what line of sight, and so on, you end your turn and see what unfolds as the opponent's turn takes place simultaneously. If you've ever play X-Com on PC or Hunters 2, you'll know the drill.
As you take the squad on missions, they earn experience, acquire new skills, and unlock new weapons. The really great thing about Breach and Clear is that the whole thing is free to play, subsisting on ads and in - app purchases for new squads. The guys at Gun swore that you could get by perfectly well without paying a thing, but I guess we'll see for sure when it launches sometime in the next couple of months.