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The Battle of Polytopia Guide - Tips for Taking Over the World

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 23rd, 2018

The addition of multiplayer to The Battle of Polytopia has catapulted the game from a fun enough time waster to a fully-fledged 4X experience on your phone. We've been playing quite a few matches over the past week or so, and we've put together a list of tips to help you get a leg up against your fellow human players.

Pick the right civilization

The Battle of Polytopia presents a pretty simplified version of something like Civilization, but that doesn't mean strategic nuances aren't still important. Before you even start a match of Polytopia, consider who to play as to give yourself a leg up. Are you playing against a ton of opponents? Choose the Vengir for a quick military leg up. Want a slower start to your empire? Take advantage of the mountains usually afforded to the Xin-Xi.

The Battle of Polytopia Guide - How to Hop Into The New Multiplayer Update

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 15th, 2018

A new update just released for The Battle of Polytopia (formerly Super Tribes), which introduces online multiplayer. For all the fans of Midjiwan’s lite take on Civilization, this is certainly welcome news, but playing online isn’t as easy and straightforward as it could be. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and figured out the best way to start hopping online and playing against people. Check out the tips below:

Pay to play

Although The Battle of Polytopia is a free-to-play game, you can only unlock access to the game’s multiplayer mode if you’ve made at least one purchase in the game. If you’re not sure if you want to shell out just to play online, no problem! You can test out The Battle of Polytopia as much as you want offline for free before deciding whether you want to dive into an online competition or not.

7 Wonders review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Campbell Bird on December 6th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MOSTLY WONDERFUL
It’s great to have a mobile version of 7 Wonders finally, but it’s still not quite as good as the real thing.
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Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 19th, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: OUT OF THIS WORLD
Halcyon 6 draws inspiration from strategy classics in all the right ways.
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Age of Solitaire review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 27th, 2017
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: NO CIVILIZATION
This Solitaire game bills itself as a city building game, which rings pretty false.
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A Planet of Mine review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 21st, 2017
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: CIRCULAR CIVILIZATION
This strategy game does a poor job of explaining itself, but is otherwise a great 4X-style experience.
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Hero Generations review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on August 30th, 2016
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: QUEST
This roguelike takes some elements from 4X games, resulting in a largely unique but sometimes irritating experience.
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DomiNations Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 8th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ENJOYABLE STRATEGIES
DomiNations combines many popular strategy games, and mostly succeeds.
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Sid Meier's Starships Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Rich on March 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BRIGHT STAR
Sid Meier’s Starships is as much fun as you’d expect from the mind behind Civilization and Pirates!, but it’s a bit of a rocky start.
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A New Challenge and Leader Arrive in the Latest Civilization Revolution 2 Update

Posted by Jessica Fisher on September 4th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MORE REDUX THAN REVOLUTION :: Read Review »

2K has released version 1.2.0 for Civilization Revolution 2.

The strategy game now includes a new French leader, Charles De Gaulle, an enhanced event system with leaderboards, and a new tournament. The new Guadalcanal historical challenge has players taking on the role of America as they fight against the Imperial Japanese Navy.

You can download Civilization Revolution 2 for $14.99 on the App Store.

148Apps Gets Some Hands-On Time with Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2

Posted by Rob Rich on June 30th, 2014

It was announced recently that there will, in fact, be a Civilization Revolution 2, and that it will be a mobile-only release. Seeing as Civilization Revolution is a great game, and a slightly more streamlined version of the strategy juggernaut actually seems like a really great fit for mobile anyway, this is exciting news.

What’s even more exciting is that it’s every bit as much of a time-devouring black hole as the original.

The improvements made to mobile hardware over the past couple of years has Civilization Revolution 2 looking good. Almost as good as the original game did on consoles, actually. The interface has also been significantly improved and functions pretty much the same way you’d expect: tap to select a space to move a unit to, tap again to confirm movement, tap to navigate through menues, etc. An interesting addition is the End Turn button that’s actually more of a switch. To help prevent players from accidentally ending their turn prematurely, you actually have to hold the button down and drag it to the left - not unlike shutting down an iPhone or iPad, actually.

New maps, wonders, special scenarios, and technologies like Modern Warfare and Information Technology are available, as well as two new leaders (JFK and Churchill) that can be unlocked. Multiplayer, however, has been cut out entirely. It seems as though it wasn’t much of a draw on mobile, which means more time and resources for developing the campaign so it’s difficult to get upset over.

If you just can’t wait to get your hands on Civilization Revolution 2, you’re in luck! The game is out this Wednesday, July 2, and will be available for $14.99.

Fate of Nations Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Rob Thomas on June 4th, 2014
Our rating: starstarblankstarblankstarblankstar :: FATAL FLAWS
Fate of Nations tries to offer a free-to-play 4x experience, but just delivers a big muddy heap instead.
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Get Along Little Extra-Terrestrials, the Space Frontier Awaits

Posted by Rob Rich on December 8th, 2011
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The year is 2150. The Earth's resources have been completely drained, so humanity is forced to seek out a suitable replacement in the vast emptiness of space. It's a song and dance any sci-fi fans is familiar with, but one that's often overlooked as a backdrop for a video game. Space Frontier takes that backdrop and turns it into the game's entire basis for existence.

Thirty different planets are out there to colonize, with a total of forty stages to complete. Each habitable world has its own special circumstances and conditions, so what might make for a successful settling on one may not work on another. Factoring in the various missions and scoring that's based on a player's speed of completion, and we have ourselves one consistently playable little space adventure.

Anyone anxious to start their own space-age real estate business can give Space Frontier a look right now. $3.99 is all it'll take to get the ball rolling.


Egypt: Engineering An Empire HD Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Chris Kirby on April 22nd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: Crumbles
Want a great civilization-building game? Don't look here.
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Civilization Revolution for iPad Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Chris Kirby on May 16th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AN EVOLUTION
Accompanied by very little fanfare, 2K Games launched the iPad version of Civilization Revolution. It's a spectacular game that seems finally fully realized thanks to the iPad's beautiful, large screen.
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