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Mini Empires Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on July 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: A TINY TREAT
Mini Empires merges classic strategy with a more modern freemium model with much better results than anyone would expect.
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Michael Schacht's Web of Power Card Game: The Duel Review

Posted by Rob Rich on July 11th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Developer: Skotos Tech
Price: $2.99
Version: 1.00
App Reviewed on: iPhone 3GS

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar


Many people are familiar with domination-based games in some form or another. Some might involve occupying territories with ever-expanding armies while others allow for more subtle tactics such as cultural assimilation, but it’s a concept most have come across. Although as widespread as the general idea may be, I can’t say that I’ve ever seen it combined with something along the lines of Mahjong. It’s certainly a little odd, but it’s also interesting.

Michael Schacht’s Web of Power Card Game: The Duel is one such bizarre hybrid. A number of tiles representing various countries are spread across the game board for the payer and their AI opponent to gather. Tiles can only be grabbed from the outlying edges, however, so in order to reach any desired pieces in the middle a path must be cleared first. After acquiring a tile (or two if they’re for the same country and posses two country symbols between them), claim tokens can also be placed to “call dibs” on a specific tile or simply attempt to control an opponent’s movement. Throughout this constant back-and-forth it’s also possible to collect special tokens that will improve the worth of gathered pieces belonging to specific countries.

There’s something almost captivating about a game in Web of Power. While it might not be much to look at there’s an awful lot of planning that goes into each and every turn. Assuming players take it seriously, that is. This is not a game for folks who dislike planning and strategizing, but anyone who loves to spend several minutes setting up their next move (and possibly even laying traps through subtle manipulation) will doubtlessly enjoy themselves.

I could complain about the complete lack of any form of multiplayer in Web of Power, as I have with many Skotos Tech games, but this game can be so tough I’m almost glad I don’t have to contend with another person. A bigger issue, however, is that it’s much more of a complex board game than many iOS users are probably used to. The manual alone is several dense pages of text, much of which won’t make sense without actual context and there’s no tutorial on offer. It can be learned, and when it is it can be rewarding, but it can also be massively intimidating in the beginning.

Web of Power is definitely an interesting and thought-provoking game, but it’s also not too terribly accessible. Those who are willing and able to invest the time to learn will be sure to enjoy themselves but everyone else looking to dabble in a bit of strategy should probably start with something a bit less complicated. Or at least a bit more newbie friendly.

Hunters 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on March 26th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A WORTHWHILE CONTRACT
One of the best strategy games on the App Store gets a sequel that totally surpasses the original. Yes, it's that awesome.
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Hunters 2 is Almost Here - Huzzah!

Posted by Rob Rich on February 29th, 2012

Okay folks, time to get ready. Start clearing off some space on that iOS device and set aside plenty of alone time because Hunters 2 is looming on the horizon. And not one of those "further away than it seems" horizons. I'm talking the kind of horizon that's really, really close.

The original game was something of a smashing success, but it wasn't exactly perfect. Many users took issue with the somewhat limited arsenal, the lack of much variation for the contracts, the repetitive environments, and so on. Well Rodeo Games has taken the criticism to heart. Hunters 2 will feature the same ridiculously awesome strategy gameplay, but also includes more. As in more of everything. More weapons, more environments, more gear, more environments, and even more features. Such as a full-blown campaign mode (*SQUEEE!!!*) It's also looking pretty spiffy with the new real-time lighting effects. And are those new enemy types I see in those screen shots? I think they are.

Regrettably there still aren't any real specifics about the launch, but Rodeo Games estimates that we can all look forward to seeing Hunters 2 on the App Store in just a couple of weeks. How much it'll cost is still up in the air, but honestly, does it really matter? I'm fairly certain there are a ton of iOS users that are anxious to jump on it as soon as it's available, no matter the price. Myself included.

Hero Academy Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on January 12th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: NEVER STOP PLAYING
Robot Entertainment proves that they're more than a one-hit wonder with what will most likely be the newest multiplayer sensation for iOS.
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Conquist 2 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on August 3rd, 2011
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A HEALTHY RISK
Conquist 2 comes from a long line of games that have monkeyed one of the world's most beloved strategy board games, and it doesn't disappoint.
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Highborn Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Ryan Wood on June 9th, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: QUIRKY STRATEGY
Highborn provides a fun and humor filled turn based strategy game to the table that will leave you with a few chuckles and an overall satisfied feeling.
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