What control methods are available in Company of Heroes?
In Company of Heroes, there are two control methods available, the Command Panel and the Command Wheel. You are asked to select one of these control methods when starting the game for the first time, but can change at any time by selecting Options → Change Control Method from the Main Menu or Pause Menu.
The Command Panel may be more familiar to players who are used to playing RTS games on a desktop computer. When using the Command Panel, a selected squad’s unique actions and special abilities appear in a panel in the bottom right corner of the screen. To view a description of any of these abilities, tap and hold on its icon.
The Command Wheel has been designed specifically for mobile, and may be more familiar to players who are used to playing games on a mobile device. When using this method, select a squad then tap and hold on it to bring up the Command Wheel containing that squad’s unique actions and special abilities. Drag your finger over an ability to view its description, then release to select it. To close the Command Wheel without selecting an option, drag your finger back to the centre of the wheel and release.
In some cases, dragging over a certain ability will reveal further options associated with it. For example, when you drag your finger over an Engineer squad’s Build Defensive Structures option, the Wheel will change to display all the Defensive Structures that you can build.
For targeted abilities, for example throwing a grenade, tap and hold directly on the enemy target, select the grenade, and your squad will move into position to carry out the order.