Developer: MayWe Gamestudio
Price: $0.99 Version: 1.0 App Reviewed on: iPhone 4
Graphics / Sound Rating: ★★☆☆☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★½☆
Gameplay Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆
Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Zammoth is MayWe Gamestudio’s first entry into the App Store, and as far as turn-based strategy games go, this one isn’t too bad. It gives off quite a slick first impression; the graphics are charming, the animation is smooth, and the gameplay is easy to follow.

The game is based on two warring factions on the same planet, the battles taking to 7 maps of varying size and terrain. The two sides are equal in both difficulty of pronunciation as well as units, which can be both a strength and weakness to the tactical side of the game. I liked the fact that both sides have the same units and the same mirrored starting positions, as it ensured that the battle was won on tactical nous and creativity. Unfortunately, in the same token it meant the last 4 or 5 turns in each game turned into cursing as I realize that I could only choose the manner of my defeat, not prevent it.

The terrain is worth mentioning as it plays a large part in your success or failure. The tiles around you can very much dictate the battle, which can be extremely useful (hiding in a forest as enemy units wander by you is a very satisfying feeling if your ambush works).

Zammoth is an easy game to get into and start playing, the interface is simple and the on-screen help makes it very easy to follow, although in my opinion the ability to view a units health from the main battle screen is sorely missed (currently you have to click on each unit to view their health). If you can get past that small hump and don’t mind playing the game on vibrate (I found the sounds to be quite grating) then you may well enjoy Zammoth for quite some time.

The biggest factor in deciding whether to pick up Zammoth should ride on the depth of the game. As it stands, it is quite a basic game, with only 7 maps, most of which are a limited size, and facing a mirror-image every time you battle could turn off some hardcore gamers. On the other hand, casual gamers will enjoy the simplicity, and the hardcore gamers will enjoy the challenge of mastering the AI while being on a level playing field in every sense, as well as the ability to challenge others online for some variation.

Zammoth is basic, but still caters for all groups, and is worth picking up if you’re a fan of the genre.

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