Category Archives: Strategy

One of the most revered mobile games in history is Robot Entertainment's Hero Academy [Free], which launched six years ago nearly to the day and brought with it easily digestible but highly tactical turn-based battling against players online. It was at a time when online multiplayer on mobile was still coming into its own, and the asynchronous nature of Hero Academy made it a perfect way to experience a dose of strategy gaming that fit into those free moments throughout your day. Well, obviously that was a pretty long time ago but the Hero Academy fanbase has stood pretty strong over the years. While we've lost the original game to the 32-bit Appocalypse, Robot Entertainment announced in the spring of 2017 that they were partnering up with fellow Texas-based studio BonusXP to create a sequel, and in fact they soft-launched that game in select countries at around the same time. That, too, was quite a while ago but today this new journey can finally begin as Hero Academy 2 [Free] has officially launched in the App Store worldwide...

Just before Christmas day, iOS gamers got a great present in the form of a full port of Civilization VI [Free (HD)], the immensely popular and addictive game. But with great features came a pretty steep price (for App Store standards that is). The game can be downloaded for free, but the free version only allows you to play the first 60 turns of the game. If you want to unlock the full game, you have to pay the promotional price of $29.99; however, that promotion ends today, and after that you'll have to pay $59.99 to get your hands on the full game. And this really is the full game, only lacking the online multiplayer part (it comes with LAN only)...




2018 is already off and running with new game releases as the highly-anticipated digital board game Antihero [$4.99] has finally landed in the App Store. Antihero first popped up on our radar way back in September of 2014 after it had already been in development for about a year. We then spent the next 3+ years seeing the game in various stages of development at all the typical game conferences we'd attend, always liking what we'd see but never being fully convinced that the game would actually release. Today I'm very happy to have been proven wrong and based on the early impressions of the game in our forums so far and the very positive reception Antihero received when it launched on desktop back in July, it sounds like it was well worth the wait...

The yearly iTunes freeze, the time where Apple shuts down their digital storefront so that their workers can enjoy the holidays, is happening as we speak, but the App Store isn't quite as frozen as it used to be. Several years ago when Apple would freeze the App Store it meant basically nothing worked for an entire week, including releasing updates, releasing new games, changing prices, and even the top games charts wouldn't budge. Nowadays it's a little more flexible, and although submission and approvals are indeed on hold, if you're a developer who previously submitted a game to Apple and had it approved prior to the freeze and then scheduled it for release on a date that's during the freeze, it would still be able to launch. That appears to be what happened with Cinco Paus [$4.99], which is the new game from 868-HACK developer Michael Brough...

'Sid Meier's Civilization VI' for iPad Review - Wow, Just Wow

'Sid Meier's Civilization VI' for iPad Review - Wow, Just Wow

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December 21st, 2017 2:22 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in 5 stars, Games, Reviews, Strategy
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Q4 of 2017 has, without a doubt, been absolutely absurd when it comes to high quality premium game ports on iOS. However, just as we were thought we were finished with the App Store game release rush that has become tradition each holiday season, Aspyr comes out of left field with Sid Meier's Civilization VI [Free (HD)] for the iPad. Better yet, the release of the game was just non-chalantly announced on Twitter, like when your parents just casually mention late in the morning on Christmas that there's one more present behind the tree. Civilization VI was released on the Mac and PC a little more than a year ago, which is one of the many things that makes this port so exciting- There's still an actively maintained game with content in the pipeline for the Mac/PC, and the iOS version even boasts additional expansions coming in the future right in the main menu. This isn't just some port they farted out to make a little extra money on an otherwise forgotten title from other platforms. This is the real deal...

One of the most surprisingly enjoyable releases for me this year was Kingdom: New Lands [$9.99] from Raw Fury games. What looked to be a simple side-scrolling game with pixel art (GORGEOUS pixel art, I should add) was actually one of the more complex and deep strategy games I've played. You're tasked with building up your kingdom from scratch as you gather resources, build defenses, and amass an army of loyal subjects. What is so awesome about Kingdom: New Lands is that there's an incredible amount of things you can do in the game, much of which is hidden and only discovered through experience (and failure). It's an incredibly challenging but rewarding game, and you can read more about what I love about it in our Game of the Week write up. Today, Raw Fury has just released new content for Kingdom: New Lands in the form of an entire new area called Skull Island...

Good news, fans of the turn-based strategy RPGs Demon's Rise [$1.99] and Demon's Rise 2 [$1.99]. Both games have been updated for the iPhone X and the infamous notch, so if you have one of those newfangled devices, you should enjoy the games better now. The update has also continued to improve screen controls on both games, a process seemingly never-ending (which is not a bad thing). Updating a game for the iPhone X can be a bit of a pain, but I had no doubt Wave Light Games would get it done and fast given the developer's habit of keeping the games up-to-date...

Here I am doing my weekly deep dive into the inner depths of the App Store to scrounge up all the new games for our weekly roundup, and I just happened to notice that Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] is available right this minute in the App Store despite it being scheduled to go live tomorrow. Hey, I'm not complaining! For those unaware, Reigns: Her Majesty is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed original Reigns which had you ruling a kingdom and making life-changing sociopolitical decisions like you were swiping for a date on Tinder. It's freaking awesome, and this sequel not only has you playing as a Queen this time around (which you probably could have guessed from the title) but it also adds tons of new features and elements to really supercharge the original game's mechanics...

It's always kind of a toss-up as to whether 2K Games will update their iOS library or not whenever that need arises. With the 32-Bit Appocalypse arriving alongside the release of iOS 11 in September, one of the victims was 2K and Firaxis' Civilization Revolution 2 [$9.99], which launched in 2014 and hadn't seen an update since mid-2015. Would this be an XCOM situation where 2K would step in to save the day or a BioShock situation where they'd stick their fingers in their ears and shout LA LA LA LA LA LA LA? Well, I'm happy to say it's the former as today a 64-bit compatibility update has arrived for Civilization Revolution 2, and as an added bonus, the game now also supports the full screen of the iPhone X!..

'Game Dev Tycoon' Review - If You Liked 'Game Dev Story' You'll Love 'Game Dev Tycoon'

In 2012, Greenheart Games released game developer simulator Game Dev Tycoon [$4.99] for PC players. Billed as somewhat of a basic strategy/simulation title, Tycoon earned a strong player following and has been a favorite indie title on PC for quite some time. Five years later and a mobile version of Tycoon is finally on iOS, where it naturally fits and is an awesome addition to the genre...

RPG Reload File 103 - 'Warhammer Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where even our finest apparel reeks of goblin blood. In each installment, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it stands up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I try to cover a variety of games in these articles, but if you feel like I'm missing something very important, by all means let me know. You can offer up suggestions in the comments below, and while I can't promise I'll get to them soon, they will be added to the master list for future consideration...

Plague Inc. [$0.99], which I've been saying for years now is one of the best dollars you can spend in the App Store, just continues to get better and better. Last month we detailed the new Mutation 15 update which would bring three new scenarios to the game which included the return of the infamous Mad Cow disease; a scenario where the majority of the world's population has mysteriously vanished making your efforts to spread disease quite complicated; and a near-future scenario where airports are plentiful even in the farthest reaches of the globe which adds a wrinkle to your disease-spreading strategies. Today the Mutation 15 update for Plague Inc. is now available...

The original Space Marshals [$3.99] took the typically frantic dual-stick formula and injected a heavy dose of strategy and stealth gameplay into it, making it easily one of my favorite games of 2015. Then in August of last year developer Pixelbite released a sequel, which amped up the stealth elements and basically improved upon the original in every way. We loved Space Marshals 2 [$4.99] in our review and even awarded it Game of the Week upon release, and while a small content pack with some additional bonus levels was released back in March, I kind of figured that Pixelbite was finished with the game. Well, I was wrong! I was very happy to wake up to an update waiting for Space Marshals 2 which adds a new DLC pack centered around the character Ava. ..

Gumi Inc. announced at the end of August that they'd be bringing their ultra-popular Japanese strategy RPG For Whom The Alchemist Exists to the rest of the world under the name The Alchemist Code, and as promised the game is now available on both iOS and Android and will be available on the Amazon App Store tomorrow. Gumi describes the game as "A full-scale SRPG that features classic tactical elements, The Alchemist Code features easy-to-learn mechanics, a deep job and levelling system as well as gorgeously animated characters brought to life in the exciting world of Babel." Here's the launch trailer...

The Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] series is probably the most ambitious and complex war games on the App Store, and now you can get them for a bit cheaper. Rome: Total War Collection will now let you grab Rome: Total War, Barbarian Invasion, and Alexander all for $16.99, which saves you some money, especially if you already have any of the games. And since Rome: Total War is going to get a phone version at some point soon, now is a good time to take the plunge. Rome: Total War was the base game originally that had you leading the Roman legions across a pretty long campaign and also taking the field against a multitude of enemies. If you have one of the bigger iPads, you'll really enjoy the tactical part of the game...

If you like Iron Marines [$3.99], you'll be happy to know that there's plenty more content coming our way in the relatively near future. The developers are planning on increasing the playable content by almost a third, but because that big update is going to take a while to be done and be ready for consumption, the developers are going to be releasing smaller content updates to keep players active. One of those updates is coming November 9th, and it's bringing some fun content along. First of all, we are getting a different type of Spec OP, which will feel like mini missions with two stages each. The developers want to see how these kinds of missions will be received by the players, and if they are received well, they'll be developing more of them...

Today is Halloween, and for the vast majority of people this means elaborate costumes, spooky trick-or-treating and binging Stranger Things 2. However, for us mobile gaming enthusiasts, this 'holiday' also brings along with is a slew of brilliant price reductions on the App Store. If you prefer to stay away from the shadows in the comfort of your own home, or you just want to grab one of 2017's best releases at a bargain price, Ironhide Studios has you covered. Iron Marines [$3.99] was a neat futuristic RTS game from the creators of Kingdom Rush [Free (HD)], and received an exultant five-star review in our extensive launch coverage. With some deserved comparisons to the mighty StarCraft, it was certainly not one to miss for real-time strategy fans - if the game did manage to slip by in the usual tsunami of App Store releases, the developer has put Iron Marines on sale for the first time this Halloween, and is now a veritable bargain at $2.99...

One of the more surprising iOS ports of recent times is undoubtedly Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)], and when it was announced late last year I was truly blindsided by seeing such a legendary PC strategy classic on a tablet device. As with many similar titles, the touchscreen of the iPad proved to be a perfect fit for the game, and the successive release of the Barbarian Invasion [$4.99 (HD)] expansion pack as a standalone release emphasised the suitability of the series to the App Store. However, as with any tablet-exclusive title, many mobile gamers were wondering if Rome: Total War would ever be available for the iPhone. I personally thought such a feat was impossible, as less meticulous releases like RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic [$5.99] were too clumsy on the smaller smartphone screen. The folks at Feral Interactive do love a challenge, however, and so have today announced that Rome: Total War will be available for iPhone devices this Winter for $9.99...

After being soft-launched for a LONG time, Atari has finally officially released their city building space shooter hybrid Lunar Battle [Free] worldwide. Developed by On5, we originally talked about Lunar Battle when it first soft-launched way back in September of last year (I told you it's been a long time). In the more than a year since then, the game has been updated and tweaked a number of times into the final product that you can play today. ..

The Walking Dead Season 8 is officially back, and it's time once more to get devastated by dear characters perishing in awful, usually predictable ways. AMC has been working with Next Games, the developer of The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free] to bring some cool new ideas to the platform and connect TV and mobile gaming. So, if you're one of the many The Walking Dead: No Man's Land players, get ready to play all kinds of missions based on the current season of the show, a move that should really please fans of the show. Specifically, the new missions coming to the game will include important moments, weapons, and characters from that week's TWD episode in an attempt to bring the two modes of entertainment closer together...

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