Posts Tagged strategy

Hitman GO Review

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Hitman GO is not the obvious way to do a mobile version of the Hitman series, but it's an incredibly creative and fun game in the long-running franchise.

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Call of Cookie Review

Call of Cookie Review

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Call of Cookie proves that plants aren't the only fighting foods out there.

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One of the bigger surprises for me coming out of PAX East this year was definitely A Druid’s Duel. It looks like a fairly simple and cartoony strategy game, and it is, but it can also be incredibly complex and fun.

The basic idea is that players are fighting over territory. Every time one of their druids moves over a tile they lay claim to it, and it generates Mana on their next turn. Mana is required to summon more druids and to use druid special abilities, so it’s kind of important. Each druid can move and/or attack each turn, as well as use their abilities if there’s enough Mana to go around, and that’s pretty much it. However, it’s the interplay of all these elements – and the constant push and pull between players – that makes it so much more complex. It’s kind of like Chess, if all the pieces could transform into animals and cast magic spells.

A Druid’s Duel should be hitting the App Store this summer.

This week I was able to get a look at Travian Games’ Epic Arena, and it looks pretty cool. It’s an asynchronous hex-based tactical arena combat game with multiple factions to control and several arenas to fight in. There are also some new gameplay modes that are being added to the current Facebook version, which include a faster Blitz mode (each player has only 60 seconds to decide what to do on their turn, and there are ELO rankings) and solo Challenges (players are given a predetermined scenario and must figure out how to complete it), that will also be available once it releases on iOS.

The core mechanics involve using five actions per turn to make the most of the units you have available while attempting to either decimate the opposition or destroy their artifacts. Different factions (and their units) play differently, of course, and it’s also possible to use special one-off Power Cards that can do all sorts of different things – and come in different rarities.

Epic Arena should be releasing in the US in about a month or so as a freemium title, and will support cross-platform play.

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It’s been a long time coming, but Disco Pixel’s Jungle Rumble is almost upon us!

Jungle Rumble is very much a rhythm game. It’s also kind of a real time strategy game. It’s being described as “Patapon meets Advance Wars” and I have to say it doesn’t seem too far from the truth. Controlling your monkey (or squads of monkeys) is simply a matter of tapping your commands in time with the beat. Move, run, toss coconuts, that sort of thing. The goal was to make an iOS rhythm game that allows the player to make decisions rather than simply trying to stick to a specific script or pattern.

I have to admit Jungle Rumble feels pretty good. It doesn’t necessarily look like it from the screen shots but it really does call to mind games like Patapon in a very pleasant way. I had a little trouble keeping the rhythm at times but I’m fairly certain that had more to do with a noisy show floor than anything. Still, I’m interested in seeing how it plays in a much quieter setting.

Jungle Rumble should be releasing within the next couple of weeks (probably). I didn’t get a set number for the price, but it’s definitely going to be a premium game because the folks at Disco Pixel “don’t want to monkey around with micro-transactions.” Yeah.

Warhammer Quest is Apple’s App of the Week – Go Download it

Posted by on April 11th, 2014
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A while back Rodeo Games released Warhammer Quest, and it was good. Quite good, in fact. It garnered a fair amount of praise even before releasing new campaign DLC. And now it’s been chosen as Apple’s App of the Week.

So basically Rodeo’s critically acclaimed and (arguably) best tactical RPG to date is currently free. Totally and completely free. You’ll still have to cough up a few bucks for the extra content of course, but I mean come on. Free Warhammer Quest. Download it!

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via: Our Review

It is a beautiful thing when bite-sized games from the console space transition to iOS successfully. A perfect example of this phenomena at work was Hello Games’ fantastic reinvention of the Joe Danger series last year. Now it seems that Zen Studios wants to get in on the action, as they’ve put the finishing touches on a port of their console and PC tower-defense/action hybrid title, Castlestorm. They were kind enough to give us an early look at the game, and much to my shock I learned that not only is it great fun, but it may actually prove to be better than its console predecessor.

IMG_0365Everything you loved about the original game is back again, and this time it’s being aided by an extremely intuitive touch interface. The previously arduous process of twiddling control sticks to try and line up a headshot is a nightmare that can be left in the past. Launching projectiles are now as simple as tapping on the screen where the shot should land. But sometimes a catapult just isn’t enough to fend off the enemy’s attacks on the castle. In these cases, you have the option of spawning defensive ground troops or jumping into the fray yourself in the form of super-powered hero characters. These death-dealing beasts specialize in hand-to-hand combat, with a side of magical abilities mixed in for good measure. Anyone who is familiar with the control scheme of a traditional 2D brawler will feel right at home showing these “Knights of the Square Table” the error of their ways.

Though some may sink hours into the actual combat component of Castlestorm, others may find it just as enjoyable to custom design their own fortress. The easy to grasp quasi-drafting tool makes tweaking and tinkering with the perfect blueprint just as fulfilling as topping the adversary on the field of battle.

IMG_0364While the previously released Castlestorm console outing clocked in at a reasonable $9.99 purchase price, the iOS iteration implements an entirely free-to-play monetization structure. Both coins and crystals can be purchased using real cash, earned through normal gameplay or awarded for logging in to play on a consistent basis. Coins are used to level-up the abilities and stats of either the hero characters or each type of projectile in your quiver. Crystals are used to unlock more substantial elements, such as entire campaigns.

What I’ve played was a very solid sneak peak of things to come. Hopefully the final product lives up to the promise of this preview. Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for our full review.

Frozen Synapse, a popular turn-based strategy game from renowned developer Mode 7, will become a universal app and arrive on the iPhone and iPod touch at some point later this year, according to a report from Pocket Tactics. You can get the game on the iPad right now, however, and that version has received a plethora of great reviews.

Notably, the game’s user interface is jam-packed on the PC version and it’s already clunky on the iPad; there’s just a lot of buttons and options that make the game work. It’s hard to imagine Mode 7 being able to fit all of the game’s buttons on such a small screen.

We’ll see how it works on a 4-inch (or 3.5-inch) screen when Frozen Synapse is released for the iPhone later this year.

source: Pocket Tactics
Web Defense Review

Web Defense Review

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Handy lessons about web security are available through this sometimes chaotic time management game.

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Evolution: Battle for Utopia Review

Evolution: Battle for Utopia Review

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My.com has assembled a multi-genre game with plenty of things to do, but rather little heart.

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Loco Motors Review

Loco Motors Review

iPad Only App - Designed for the iPad
Crank up the creativity by building the ultimate ride in the inventive Loco Motors.

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Boom Beach Review

Boom Beach Review

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Following up such a huge hit as Clash of Clans comes with its own advantages and drawbacks in this base building multiplayer game.

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Studio 100 and BulkyPix Team Up to Introduce Maya the Bee: The Ant’s Quest to iOS

Posted by on March 28th, 2014
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Studio 100 and BulkyPix are bringing delightful character Maya the Bee back to iOS with Maya the Bee: The Ant’s Quest.

It’s a strategy game that encourages players to use their resources wisely in order to prevail. From the official feature set:

- Discover the famous world of Maya The Bee
- Control Maya and recruit your ant’s squad through the meadows, dodge obstacle, overcome the many enemies and resolve puzzles
- Coordinate your ant friends and beware the mean wasps
- Play to the many challenges of Maya’s friends.

Maya the Bee: The Ant’s Quest is available for $2.99 on the App Store.

Shattered Planet Review

Shattered Planet Review

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Explore randomized environments in this turn-based sci-fi roguelike.

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HeroCraft Updates Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics, Adds New Campaigns, Scenarios and More

Posted by on March 27th, 2014
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HeroCraft has updated its strategy game Medieval Wars: Strategy & Tactics to include several new features. From its info sheet:

A free campaign ‘In Praise of Odin!’ consists of 9 missions, in which you will take part in the Vikings’ bloody wars in Scandinavia and Mainland Europe.
* You will be able to capture Paris, invade England and Southern Italy.
* With the great Rollo you will found the Normandy dukedom.
* In Oleg the Prophet’s campaign you will gain Kiev

Additionally, there are four new historical scenarios:

*In the bloody ‘Battle of Brávellir’ you will defeat the legendary Harald Wartooth, the King of Danes and Swedes.
*In a huge scenario called ‘Vikings’ Wars’ you will be able to keep half of Europe in fear and make them look to the seas in terror.
*Playing as Harald Fairhair in the ‘Unification of Norway’ you will set the Norse crown atop your head.
*As Cnut the Great you will win the war against Norway and Sweden and establish power over these lands

Medieval Wars is available for free on the App Store.

Maze Universe Review

Maze Universe Review

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Testing their reaction time and often their patience, Maze Universe will be an addictive challenge for the determined player only.

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Demolition Crush Review

Demolition Crush Review

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Demolition Crush is a good looking (and great sounding!) take on the physics-based destruction genre.

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Defenders Review

Defenders Review

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Collect cards to improve and boost abilities in this familiar yet fun Tower Defense game.

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Warspace: Starship Duels Review

Warspace: Starship Duels Review

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Warspace: Starship Duels is easy to learn, making it a good pick for people that enjoy lighter strategy games.

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Galaxy on Fire – Alliances Review

Galaxy on Fire – Alliances Review

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This sci-fi multiplayer management game encourages players to work together to explore, colonize, and conquer the galaxy.

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Braveland Review

Braveland Review

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Pleasantly likeable, Braveland lacks some more detailed features but is still an enjoyable turn based RPG romp.

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Shin Megami Tensei Review

Shin Megami Tensei Review

iPhone App - Designed for the iPhone, compatible with the iPad
Shin Megami Tensei for iOS is a version of the 1992 original localized for the US and ported to the iPhone, no more, no less.

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Hunted Cow Studios Releases Tactical Combat Spin-Off Tank Battle: East Front 1942

Posted by on March 18th, 2014
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Hunted Cow has just released another tank combat thriller by the name of Tank Battle: East Front 1942.

According to the presser, this game is based on Tank Battle: North Africa, and since it is based on the same game engine the mechanics should look similar – if a bit different (in a good way). The game features time-specific graphics, a whole host of authentic tanks, and the ability to battle with Soviet or German armaments. It also features different types of soldiers, terrain, and leaderboards.

The game is the fruit of a joint effort between Hunted Cow, The Lordz Games Studio, and HexWar, and is available on the App Store for $1.99.

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via: Hunted Cow Press Release
Block Legend Review

Block Legend Review

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This matching game takes cues from games like 10000000, tasking players with doing puzzles at a quick pace to complete quests and get rewards.

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Numolition Review

Numolition Review

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Match corresponding numbers together and clear the board in this simple to play but tactically focused puzzle game.

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DiceTris+ Review

DiceTris+ Review

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Keeping it simple, DiceTris+ is an entertaining strategy game but one that lacks that addictive factor.

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Deadlings Review

Deadlings Review

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Negotiate various traps and spikes in order to get the zombies away from the Grim Reaper's clutches in this quite fun puzzle game.

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5BY5 Brain Game Review

5BY5 Brain Game Review

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Sliding tiles mashed up with number adding and color matching - there’s a lot going on in this puzzle strategy brain game.

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Autumn Dynasty Warlords Review

Autumn Dynasty Warlords Review

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Autumn Dynasty Warlords is an innovative strategy game that combines both RTS and turn-based elements as it sets players on an epic quest for the ultimate domination of China.

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Caveman Wars Review

Caveman Wars Review

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For a game about such dumb people, Caveman Wars is surprisingly complex.

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