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Paradox Interactive is a name that’s well known to many PC gamers. A developer best known for their fiercely challenging but always interesting strategy games, they’re a true success story for the Swedish game industry. Why am I explaining all this? Because Paradox Interactive is bringing this level of class and expertise to the iPad with Defenders of Ardania coming this December 6.

Previously assumed to be a PC exclusive, Defenders of Ardania will bring an exciting mix of the tower defense and light RTS genres. Players will be challenged to not only defend their own territory but to also deploy waves of enemies against their opponents. Fortunately numerous deadly spells help along the way.

It’ll be possible to choose from three different races across three different worlds, each unique in their own different ways. The campaign mode looks set to be pretty extensive plus there will be online multiplayer functionality, too.

All those features will be bundled together with a pretty attractive appearance that looks fairly PC like.

Check out the gameplay trailer below. We’ll be sure to keep up to date with all the latest developments over the next few weeks.

Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense Review

Anthill: Tactical Trail Defense Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
A strategical defense game that, by playing to the strengths of iOS, manages to make a real-time strategy type of game that finally feels right on the platform.

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Roads of Rome HD Review

Roads of Rome HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
A beautiful blend of RTS, time management and dazzling graphics.

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Dofus: Battles HD Review

Dofus: Battles HD Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Dofus: Battles HD is an iPad (iPhone version available) tower defense/RTS/RPG. It’s NOT an app to play the popular MMORPG Dofus.

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Starfront: Collision Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
In glittery Gameloft fashion, StarCraft has now become Starfront. It's not world changing and no pro leagues will spawn from it, but it is darn good.

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Starfront: Collision Gameplay Trailer

Gameloft has finally released a gameplay trailer for their highly anticipated real time strategy title, Starfront: Collision. They also announced that the title will be available for purchase via the App Store on February 10th. This is great news because Gameloft has been pretty hush-hush with the title since its initial announcement. I was beginning to worry that we might not see the title for months. Thankfully that isn’t the case, and all of the die hard strategy fans can now sleep better at night knowing this title will soon be theirs to command.

Welcome to planet Sinistral, where rare Xenodium crystals are coveted by a human mining conglomerate called the Consortium. However, they are not the only ones after the rare mineral. The Myriad, an indigenous race of aliens, is addicted to Xenodium and will do everything they can to prevent the Consortium from plundering their resources. To add to the chaos, a sentient robot race called the Wardens is trying to turn the war in their favor. Whose side will you choose?

This Starcraft “inspired” app features three factions struggling to obtain a rare resource on the planet Sinistral. The Consortium (aka humans) are mining Sinistral for precious Xenodium crystals, but the native Myriads (aka aliens) aren’t keen on giving them up. To add to the chaos there is another race known as the Wardens (aka psychotic robots) who are bent on destroying everyone. The game will have multiplayer in the form of “massive” 4-player local and online battles. The trailer shows off some very nice graphics, and the framerate seems smooth even during intense action scenes. The trailer also showcases a short segment of actual hands-on gameplay, and from what I can tell, the interface looks fairly intuitive. Hopefully, Gameloft has nailed the interface because a lot of fans have been waiting for a definitive iOS real time strategy game.

It is sad that the game only supports 3rd and 4th generation devices, but I’m sure it was hard enough for the development team to squeeze out an acceptable level of performance during heavy combat on current devices. With only three more days until the official release, we won’t have to wait long to find out if Starfront: Collision lives up to all the hype.

Battleheart Review

Battleheart Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Battleheart is a wonderfully charming RPG that could just do with a little more depth

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Pocket World At War Review

Pocket World At War Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Pocket World At War is like a cross between an RTS and RISK, with none of the tediousness of either attached.

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Battle of WWII Review

Battle of WWII Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
RTS games, thus far, have had to give up far too much on the iPhone to be really good... and Battle of WWII is no exception.

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Knights of the Phantom Castle Review

Knights of the Phantom Castle Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Knights of the Phantom Castle is a strange turn based strategy game that needs better graphics and more streamlined controls to justify the steep price.

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Crystal War Review

Crystal War Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Crystal Defenders is a fun game, but it's lack of difficulty and level quantity keep it from being great.

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logo-alphaWe got word from Galcon developer Phil Hassey that he had decided, nearly last minute, to port over his new PC/Mac Galcon Fusion to the iPad. Galcon was one of the first really great games on the iPhone and Galcon Fusion is just a lot more of the same great things.

One of the really cool features of Galcon has been it’s multiplayer features that allow you to play over the Internet with anyone else that has the game. Galcon Fusion takes that a step further and allows you to play against not only other iPad users, but also other Mac, PC, and Linux users of the game!

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Galcon Fusion will be available when the iPad App Store opens up on April 3rd! Hit the jump for more great screen shots and details about Galcon Fusion.

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Hills and Rivers Remain

Hills and Rivers Remain

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Hills and Rivers Remain is a strangely named real-time strategy game with a high price tag and relative brevity. Despite this, it delivers a solid RTS experience that should provide hardcore genre fans with a much-appreciated challenge.

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Trenches

Trenches

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Trenches is a great real-time strategy game that combines World War I with a quirky sense of humor. While it feels like we've only seen a bit of what the game has to offer, the Skirmish mode alone still provides plenty of entertainment.

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Space Station: Frontier

Space Station: Frontier

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
While more levels would be much appreciated, Space Station: Frontier is an excellent strategy title. There's a lot going on in this pocket of the solar system!

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Command and Conquer: Red Alert

Command and Conquer: Red Alert

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
With skimpy content and slightly watered-down gameplay, Command and Conquer: Red Alert is good - but not great.

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Robocalypse – Mobile Mayhem

Robocalypse – Mobile Mayhem

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Robocalypse is a well-executed, albeit somewhat simplified RTS with a great presentation, intuitive touch controls, and online multiplayer.

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Castle Warriors

Castle Warriors

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Castle Warriors has a good foundation at it's core, but suffers from a few flaws which really withdraw from the overall experience.

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Rise of Lost Empires

Rise of Lost Empires

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Gameloft has handled the controls with an Orc's finesse, and Rise of Lost Empires is a bloated, lag-ridden game that falls far short of its promise.

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E3 Wrap Up: Robocalypse

465I often wonder about iPhone gaming in its infancy. I get the feeling that developers are creating games in a bunch of different genres, feeling out which genres work, and which don’t. It’s obvious to me that platformers work fine, along with tower defense, turn based strategy, and the occasional casual game… while 3D shooters struggle due to their lack of proper controls. RTS’s are on the fence in my opinion. Part of me wants to say that they can’t be done correctly due to the small screen size, but another part of me thinks that the touch screen options are too much to pass up. I’ve seen games like Warzone Inc. implement the RTS genre on the iPhone quite nicely, but I’m still waiting for that killer app.

Ready to take on this hurdle is Vogster entertainment with their game, Robocalypse. Robocalypse is an RTS in the Warcraft 2 mold, with a good balance between lighthearted graphics and action. Written by Micah Wright and Jay Lender (an ex-writer for Spongebob), Robocalypse offers a full, 17 mission single player campaign on top of 18 multiplayer maps that can be played with 2-4 players. From what we saw of the game, it looks like an extremely funny, well executed RTS… possibly capable of outshining Command and Conquer when it arrives in the app store.

Vogster is expecting Robocalypse to launch Q3 2009.

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