Developer: Hitcents
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.2
Device Reviewed On: iPad Mini

Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★½☆
Playtime Rating: ★★★½☆
Replay Value Rating: ★★★½☆

Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Battlepillars has two forces of caterpillars going head-to-head in a strategic base-invading game. Players are able to equip their caterpillars with many types of weaponry. This includes guns, phasers, rockets, grenades, and medics, all which can be upgraded to become even more effective.

020It’s a rather fun concept that works very well for entertainment. I love my little battlepillars and wish them the best of luck in a 50 level campaign that features 5 boss battles. The levels are fun, but on the negative side, there isn’t a steady increase in difficulty. I ALWAYS lose the first battle of the next level, and it sometimes takes me a while to figure out a strategy to use to win that stage. I don’t mind difficulty, but I should be able to play a few levels with a brand-new upgrade gun before it gets too difficult again and requires yet another upgrade.

It’s very important that the player uses their apples wisely, which are rewarded for completing levels and used to purchase and upgrade weapons. The apple system is how it makes money, as players need apples in order to upgrade weapons, buy abilities, and purchase new skins for their caterpillar. Each stage feels nearly impossible at first, making the player wonder if they need to purchase apples to continue. However, players can replay a few stages to earn some extra apples to use in upgrading their weapons. How the player upgrades their weapons is important as it’s wise to buy specific items only and not one of everything. If a player buys and max’s out the health and a gun, that can take them further in the game than being stuck with too many level 1 items.

018The gameplay is simple as players build their caterpillars, sending them out to overrun the enemy and destroy the enemy base. Players will choose to send a caterpillar with one gun or five, though it takes longer for a five gun caterpillar to spawn. Players can mix and match too, adding two medics for better healing abilities and three guns. Heck, I would max out a caterpillar with 4 medics and 3 rockets to cause massive damage against the evil red caterpillar army. Those medics keep my rocket-powered caterpillars alive a lot longer! There is a lot of fun strategy that goes into the gameplay, but I wish it had a better, more player-friendly progression system with its difficulty. I hate feeling like I need to purchase apples in order to keep playing.

Battlepillars has a multiplayer mode for those who want to take the fight online. This is where the playtime value skyrockets, should players be able to find others online. These matches are kept even so no one can be more powerful than the next, and the matches are unlimited. That’s pretty nice for free-to-play; it’s just too bad I’ve only been able to find a couple of people to play against.

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