Category Archives: Strategy

If you're a fan of strategy games, then the name Slitherine needs no introductions. If you're not, all you really need to know about these guys is that they have been around the block a few times when it comes to this genre. They've made a board game, a bunch of computer games, quite a few iPad games, and only a few iPhone games, almost all dealing with the subject of war. Now, when it comes to strategy war games, certain wars are covered more often than others, but one of the cool things about Slitherine is that they've dabbled in a lot of unconventional settings, as seen for example in Da Vinci's Art Of War [$4.99 (HD)] on iPad. I like a game based around Napoleon, Rome, or World War 2 as much as the next guy, but it's nice to get outside the box now and then, you know?..

I'm sure, like me, you've seen many RPGs market themselves as having 100 hour quests or something outrageous like that, only to find that unless you delve into side-content, it's less than half that in almost every case. Record of Agarest War [$14.99], the latest port from HyperDevbox, makes a similar claim, but they're not shoveling manure. Though I finished my first, and I might add quite rushed, pass through the game under the 100 hour mark, it wasn't that far off, and I think it's entirely believable the average player will eclipse the century hour mark before seeing the ending. Add in the side content, and you're probably looking at 130-150 hours, if not more. If you're determined to get your dollar's worth out of a game on sheer length, you'll be hard-pressed to beat Agarest. Of course, a game running that long can be a double-edged sword, and that's definitely the case here, but I'll come back to that later in the review...

Well, it's not often I find myself having to write a second review, but here we are. A few months back, the hotly-anticipated sequel to Dungelot, surprisingly named Dungelot 2 [Free], was released on the App Store. While retaining the same basic gameplay as the original title, the sequel was quite different in a lot of ways, many of them owing to the new free-to-play structure. It was still pretty fun, but, as I said in an alternate timeline review, in most ways it represented a step back from the original game. It was also rife with bugs, including people losing out on purchased IAPs, which is basically a worst-case scenario. So, in a move that has very little precedent, developer Red Winter Software pulled the game from the App Store to rework it extensively and fix up the known issues. At last, it's seemingly ready to go again, so let's have a look and see how Dungelot 2-2 has turned out...

In August of last year, developer Full Control released Space Hulk on PC, a video game adaptation of the tabletop board game of the same name. Full Control had been hinting that their version of Space Hulk would be coming to iOS, and indeed the following December Space Hulk [$9.99 (HD)] was released for the iPad for $9.99. Today, for the first time since releasing, Space Hulk is on sale for $4.99, half off its regular price. In conjunction with the sale, Space Hulk has just received an update adding co-op multiplayer functionality, as well as a new multiplayer lobby. The game's online multiplayer works cross-platform with the Mac, Linux and PC versions of the game...

For the uninitiated, Michael Brough's 868-HACK [$5.99] is a masterpiece. It's a roguelike that's much more than it appears to be at first glance, and could be mistaken for yet another retro-inspired, throwaway dungeon crawler. It's anything but that. It's impeccably designed, brutally tough, and has enough layers of strategy to suffocate an elephant. In our review of 868-HACK we likened the game to an onion, as once you peel off one layer you're left with another, then another, then another and with every game you're left with new knowledge and are better equipped to excel on a subsequent try. It's the kind of game that you feel like you're always getting better at, but that you'll never truly be able to fully master, because it's just so damn deep...

Gorgeous Strategy Board Game Hybrid 'Armello' Coming to iPad Next Year

Armello sounds like a candy bar stuffed with caramel and, like, nougat, but it's actually a gorgeous strategy game coming to iPad next year. Developed by Australian indie conglomerate League of Geeks, Armello is a digital board and card game about the power and politics of a mystical animal kingdom of the same name. A mysterious disease called Rot has driven the once-benevolent (lion) king mad, and Armello's various clans rise up in response. It sounds simultaneously obvious and dopey when you say it out loud, but Armello's lush and vibrant art direction makes the premise easy to buy into...

When Camouflaj launched their long-awaited stealth game Republique [$4.99] this past December, it was sort of a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the developers brilliantly crafted a dystopian future where your job was to help main character Hope break free from an oppressive regime using a highly unique method of directing her actions through interconnected surveillance cameras. It was a stealth action game minus the action, and it worked surprisingly well. The big problem with Republique was that–and this is true of most episodic games–the whole experience was over just as it felt like it was getting started, and the abrupt ending made it feel like an incomplete experience (because, technically, it is)...

Hexual Urges: Release Date Announced for Dinofarm's 'Auro'

Auro is a turn-based tactics game about, well, pushing monsters out of their hexagonally-tiled dungeon and into a huge underground lake. It's also the new project from Dinofarm games and designer Keith Burgun, not to be confused with another Auro [Free (HD)], which is a steampunk puzzle game...

Early last month, Ndemic Creations detailed an upcoming update for their humanity-destroying strategy game Plague Inc. [$0.99], and today that update is now available. Dubbed the "Mega" mutation update, it contains a new "Mega-Brutal" difficulty option for those who found the plain old "Brutal" difficulty to be too easy. There are also three new cheat modes, the Shuffle Strain which mixes up evolutions, the Turbo Strain which makes your starter country 100% infected right off the bat, and a Lucky Dip Strain which gives you five random evolutions. You can also now use all the various cheats including the new ones on any plague type, and mix and match cheats to create various new ways to play the game...

'Hitman GO' Review - A Surprising Hit Puzzler

'Hitman GO' Review - A Surprising Hit Puzzler

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April 17th, 2014 11:20 AM EDT by James Paterson in $4.99, 5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Strategy
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Hitman GO [$4.99] is not what you’d expect from a title bearing the stealth series name. And at first glance, you’d probably dismiss the game as being a cheap cash-in...

Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] just got a huge update. This brilliant strategy game was already filled with content but if you want more you can buy the Red expansion pack which adds an entire single player campaign, a new multiplayer mode called Upload, a new unit with a riot shield and you can even play against the AI with a friend in the brand new co-op missions. You can now also play the game in Red instead of blue hence the name of the expansion back. See it in action with this trailer from the PC version:..

If someone had said to me that I would enjoy playing an economical game of micromanagement prior to Game Dev Story I would have laughed. The mere notion of such a thing would be preposterous. Now about ten Kairosoft games later they have become an obsessions. Few companies have managed to make their games instabuys the day they are released...

Freebie Alert: 'Warhammer Quest' Goes Free for the First Time

Rodeo Games' excellent top-down strategy title Warhammer Quest [$4.99] has just gone free for the first time since its release almost a year ago. Warhammer Quest takes the same mechanics of Rodeo's previous Hunters games and sets it in Game Workshops' expansive Warhammer universe. We really loved the game in our review upon release, but Warhammer Quest has been updated and expanded significantly since then. There was a major update released this past October, followed by another one in December...

Take a gander at the top grossing games on iOS and one game that’s been there for an incredibly long time is Supercell’s Clash of Clans [Free]. Combining freemium elements with base building and combat, Supercell managed to create a compelling system to encourage players to come back (and spend some money). Now, the freemium powerhouse has returned with the worldwide launch of Boom Beach [Free], the spiritual successor to Clash. Offering a similar experience in a different setting with just enough tweaks to make it unique, Boom Beach isn’t going to offer a radically different experience, but that might not be a bad thing in terms of approachability...

Earlier this week, Mode 7 Games announced (via Facebook and co-founder Paul Taylor's Twitter account) that Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] was coming to iPhones. The top-down tactical strategy game was well-received when it was released on PC and Mac a few years ago, and again when it made its iOS debut as an iPad-only game last year. Line of sight and adequate cover are one thing, but Frozen Synapse's real draw is the mental chess match that occurs between opposing players: the game is turn-based, but all of the action happens simultaneously, so you'll be guessing your enemy's strategy while devising your own. It's neat stuff...

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