Version Reviewed: 1.000
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 3GS
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Generally, strategy games are hard to fit on the smaller iOS devices, but there are a few types out there whose gameplay elements align particularly well with iOS touch controls; even on the smaller devices. Control Craft is part of one such subset of strategy action games. These games center around control points on a map that must be controlled by the movement of troops or resources from one control point to another. By strategically allocating the right amount of troops to the right control points at the right time and taking over new control points, players build their armies while depleting enemy armies. Some players may recognize this type of gameplay from other games like Galcon.
Control Craft is set up on horizontal maps with several different levels, depending on the map. Bases are set up in various positions in each map and the point is for the player to take control of all the bases. Enemy armies are also out to do the same so it is up to the player to attack the enemy controlled bases while simultaneously fending off attacks on their own bases. Each base displays a number that represents the amount of troops currently housed in that base. Moving troops onto an enemy base will deplete the enemy soldiers in that base by the same number of troops moved there. Some bases also include weapon arrays which attack enemies in transit, setting Control Craft apart from some other games in the genre.
Games play out in a back and forth battle until one side gains a strategic advantage and can bring an overwhelming number of troops to bear on its enemies bases. Getting used to the gameplay can take some time if the player hasn't played this type of game before, but it quickly becomes second nature.
The visuals are striking and the contrast of the shadowy silhouetted figures against the bright highlights gives the game a moody aura that deepens the feeling of fighting in a dark, dystopian future. The controls can be unresponsive from time to time, but not enough that it gets in the way of the gameplay. There are only 13 levels included in the game, but each level can be replayed to achieve higher scores. Though on the short side, fans of iOS strategy will enjoy this one.