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Developer: PL Young

Price: $2.99
Version Reviewed: 2.0.3
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★★☆
Game Controls Rating: ★★★★☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Battlemass is a turn-based strategy game in which players compete for control of various terrain and resources in order to build an army to destroy the headquarters of their opponent. This game is inspired by the popular hex-based strategy board games in which players move their units around a grid of hexagons in an effort to achieve their goals. Players can play against a computer AI or against another player via the game’s multiplayer component. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be very many other players to play with at this point. Hopefully as more people purchase the game, the player base will grow and more multiplayer games will be possible.

Battlemass is like many other strategy games in some ways. Players build units with differing ranges, strengths, and abilities and they deploy those units against enemy units and buildings to clear them from the map. In this game though, some resource management is required. Each tile of the map contains resources and players get a chance each turn to harvest some of these tiles. However, once a tile has been harvested, it remains on the board for three more turns and then disappears leaving a hole in the board where no ground units can be placed. This interesting mechanic means that the game board is constantly changing and players will have to adapt to the changes in terrain.

The game is simple and straightforward as strategy games go. There is only one race to choose from and only a handfull of units to produce. Still, rather than making this game feel thin, this simplicity allows players to focus on the strategy instead of getting bogged down in complex tech trees or building large, cumbersome armies. The game also includes a ton of different maps to play on, each with a unique strategic challenge.

Battlemass has its issues, like losing game progress when the app is closed and the lack of other players to play with, but the game is very entertaining and a wonderful strategic challenge. It’s a bit on the expensive side, but the price has dropped considerably since it was first released. This is a very fun game. Hopefully some improvements by the developer in the future will help it become a really stand out title.

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