Version Reviewed: 1.0
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Coin Army is an arcade game with a simple concept and easy controls, but the need to spend real money in order to play for a prolonged period of time is very high and hampers game play.
The premise of Coin Army is simple. There is a tray with a metal block moving in and out, just like those games that are ubiquitous at arcades like Chuck-E-Cheese’s and Dave & Buster's. Players can flick anywhere in the tray to launch a coin at the enemies. There are also shield buttons on either side of the screen that can be used to protect players from incoming coins.
Coins are essentially a player’s ammunition and they are limited. Players can get more coins by purchasing them with gems, waiting for coins to fall off the tray, or just waiting for coins to slowly regenerate. Also, some enemies drop coins when they are killed. Players definitely need to be conservative with their coins and make them count.
If players have no coins left then it’s impossible to flick anymore coins, even if there are coins in the tray. This is because the coins in the tray aren’t actually the coins that are being flicked. Flicking any where on the screen causes a coin to fly out towards the enemy, and it doesn’t actually matter if there is a coin there or not.
Killing enemies increases the frenzy meter and when it’s full it causes the three slot machine wheels to spin overhead. If the slot wheels land on a winning combination then players get more coins.
The game is pretty repetitive and there are gaps in the game play where players just have to wait for coins to regenerate. Players can unlock power-ups, which do make the game more interesting, but the constant need for coins for is always looming. Players don’t actually die in this game. Getting hit takes away a coin, but once players run out of coins, they have to purchase or wait for more.
Coin Army is a freemium game, so it costs nothing to download and play, but players are highly incentivized to purchase gem packs with real money. Also there is an ad at the bottom of the play screen.
If players are conservative with their coins and accurately hit targets, then it’s possible for the game play of Coin Army to fun for a prolonged period of time. There are various types of enemies and power-ups that do vary the gameplay. However, the constant need for coins really hampers this game and can make for long periods of waiting or the need to spend some real money.