Developer: Invictus Games
App Reviewed on: iPad 2
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There is nothing like the lighthearted topics of overdevelopment and corporate consumption to make a game a success, right? Greed Corp dips a toe into these complex issues, all under the guise of a turn based strategy game for the masses. While the subject matter doesn't exactly smack the gamer over the face, it certainly makes for an interesting medium for discussion. Fortunately, underneath it all, there is a pretty solid game to back up the preaching.
In this fairly simple resource management title, the only resource that really matters is the ground under the character's very feet. Each turn actually chips away at their footing, making each move an exercise in careful decision making and effective planning. Eventually the land will erode, leaving anything standing atop it to tumble to its untimely demise.
The hex based maps are very reminiscent of what might actually be found in a PC game such as Civilization V. Instead of having to worry about a square grid, this formation style actually opens up navigation immensely, helping to keep action going on at all times. Using the resources that actually eat away and territory, players must make effective decisions as to what units can make the most impact in the shortest amount of time.
Featuring twenty-four single player levels, there is quite a substantial campaign for players to sink their teeth into. Along with this, there is online multiplayer, just be patient while waiting for a match to start, because it may take some time. Also, there are even options for local multiplayer, including the long lost art of the couch-play swapping. More developers should really do this in the future.
When a game looks this beautiful, there is an impulse to just purchase it immediately, but when there is solid gameplay to back it up, the purchase is all the more appealing. Greed Corp manages to find a balance between resource management and creative combat that will surely keep audiences coming back for game after game. As long as players aren't looking for something that utilizes Game Center, this is most definitely the right place to start.