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Rodeo Games knows strategy. Hunters was a fantastic game that seemed to come out of nowhere, and Hunters 2 pretty much set the bar for a lot of iOS strategy RPGs that would follow it. In fact, they set the bar so high I was worried that Warhammer Quest wouldn't quite measure up. Either that or end up feeling like more of the same. Turns out I worried for nothing.
Warhammer Quest puts players in charge of a group of warriors as they travel the realm seeking fame and fortune. Mechanically the gameplay is similar to Rodeo's earlier titles with its top-down view and simple but intuitive tap interface, however there's a much bigger emphasis on close quarters combat since there aren't any sniper rifles or machine guns to be found. There's also a liberal sprinkling of more traditional RPG elements such as extra dungeon encounters or even random events, such as a hero getting partially digested by a slime monster, that can keep even the most well prepared players on their toes.
Without a doubt, Warhammer Quest is Rodeo Games' best looking game so far. The character animations are smooth, the visuals are sharp and detailed, and the shine that's sometimes cast up from the floor is surprisingly pretty as far as virtual reflected light goes. It took me a little time to adjust to the new weapons and skills, but now that I have I'm having an absolute blast. Getting my ranger in position to slice an orc with her sword, then follow up with an arrow to the face of another one standing across the room, is particularly satisfying. The random extra stuff that happens is also a welcome addition despite it occasionally triggering a little too often. Wandering through a dungeon searching for a captured Fletcher is all well and good but when a Halfling randomly wanders by and offers to share a fancy meal with the party it feels a lot less scripted.
I love Warhammer Quest a ton, except for one thing: the text is way too small on my iPhone 5's screen. I mean it's ridiculously small. Like "nose to the screen" small. If there weren't an emphasis on story, character/ability/item descriptions, and encounter explanations it wouldn't be so bad. However this game requires quite a bit of reading and it didn't take long for my eyes to have trouble focusing on the text. Seriously, it's super-duper tiny.
Warhammer Quest is a wonderful strategy RPG. It's filled with plenty of strategic fun and loaded with little touches like random events that all make it feel special. It's pretty, and it's easy to pick up and play. Even with all the eyestrain it's totally worth it.