Category Archives: Strategy

Let me start off by being clear: Dungeon Keeper [Free] isn't necessarily the most popular game out there, and a lot of that has to do with how stingy it can be if you aren't paying money. This might make you think it's not really the best game to offer up a guide for, but in actuality, this is the kind of F2P game that a guide can be most useful for. To be honest, I don't think you can play Dungeon Keeper optimally without spending money, but if you don't want to spend money yet want to play this game, well, there are good ways and bad ways to go about that. One of the challenges of putting this guide together is that EA keeps changing things around, scrambling to find an optimal (for somebody, anyway) balance. That means it's hard for me to use specifics like the costs of things, because they might be different by the end of the week. In lieu of that kind of guide, I've decided instead to focus on some general advice and information about things that are unlikely to change too much...

'Bug Heroes 2' Review - This Sequel Ant Fooling Around

A few years ago, Foursaken Media released Bug Heroes [Free], an awesome hybrid of castle defense and twin stick shooting with a healthy dose of RPG mechanics sprinkled in. What could have turned out to be an overly ambitious idea instead ended up just right, offering players tons of content with great core mechanics. Given how well it went over with iOS gamers, it was probably inevitable that we would one day be talking about the sequel, and here we are. Bug Heroes 2 [$1.99] is an excellent follow-up to the first game, maintaining the same basic elements that made the first game work so well and adding a few twists, all while piling a giant heap of new content on top and giving the whole thing a beautiful shine. The end result is just about everything a fan could want out of a sequel...

The "Hot Games" list in our TouchArcade app [Free] as well as right on our website is always a great tool for gauging what games our community is currently buzzing about. Over the weekend, the Hot Games list brought Calculords [Free] to my attention, and I'm very thankful that it did. Calculords is the first game from long-time games journalist, comedian, and all-around cool dude Seanbaby, and it's quite impressive for a first effort...

In May of last year, Rodeo Games released Warhammer Quest [$4.99], a turn-based dungeon crawler set in the Warhammer universe. And, they totally nailed it–we loved Warhammer Quest in our review. The game launched at a price of $4.99, and as is almost unheard of in the world of the App Store, it has remained at that price ever since. Most everyone playing Warhammer Quest agreed it was worth the asking price and then some, but it's never fun to buy something full price and then have it immediately go on sale, so it was nice to see Rodeo stick to their pricing scheme. However, that was nearly nine months ago, and so for the first time ever Rodeo Games have decided to put Warhammer Quest on sale for just a buck through the weekend...

After finally earning enough jewels to hire a third imp, I booted up Dungeon Keeper [Free] and found the price had gone up by a good measure. Welcome to the dungeon, keeper. It has been determined that previous training exercises for prospective evil lords, released for computers, were 87% too satisfying and 100% too entertaining. Not to worry, however, as some of the underworld's most diabolical minds have been working double overtime (unpaid, naturally) to ensure that keeper cadets will enjoy themselves as little as possible in the new mobile version of the simulator. Personally, I think they've outdone themselves...

This past November, Liv Games debuted the latest entry in their "Wars" series with the sci-fi strategy title Stellar Wars [$0.99]. Today the game has received a massive new update, and to celebrate the game is now temporarily free for the first time ever. This trilogy of games began with Legendary Wars [$0.99] back in early 2011. While predominantly a castle defense game, Legendary Wars actually stuffed a bunch of different kinds of genres into its lengthy campaign, along with a humorous story and killer visuals. It all blended together incredibly well, and was so full of content it easily kept us busy until the next game in the series, Monster Wars [$0.99], launched in early 2012, almost exactly a year later...

It came along later than the rest of the night's new releases, but finally EA's iOS remake of Dungeon Keeper [Free] is now out of soft-launch and available worldwide. The core idea of this Dungeon Keeper is the same as its 1997 iteration, to build up the baddest dungeon you can by setting traps and defenses up to keep out invaders who are after your treasure. What's not the same is that this Dungeon Keeper has a new art style and 3D visuals, and it's a free-to-play title...

If you missed the Twitch stream yesterday, it's alright, but one of the games that got requested was Gregory Challant's Front Wars [$2.99]. It seemed neat enough to give it a little hat tip in a regular news story, just in case you've missed the game as it has been practically pinned to the Hot Games list for the past couple days...

'YesSir' Review - A Decent Shot in the Dark

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January 23rd, 2014 7:19 PM EDT by Eric Ford in $1.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPhone Models, iPod touch games, Reviews, Strategy
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Gamers looking for a present-day take on classic turn-based artillery gameplay may be interested in the likes of YesSir [$1.99]. While it doesn’t have a killer feature like multiplayer, YesSir has plenty of maps, weapons and a difficulty curve that you’ll either tolerate or hate...

In my recent review of Hoplite [$1.99], I mentioned how the game benefited from a focused design. It's vitally important when the team is small to avoid biting off more than you can chew, because you might end up with a game full of content of wildly varying quality that doesn't measure up as an overall experience. This is unfortunately the case with the Trese Brothers' latest, the fantasy strategy RPG Heroes of Steel [Free]. The aspects of the game that are the most fun would have benefited from the extra resources that were spent on things that don't work well at all. Specifically, the turn-based battles are very solid, but almost everything between them is a slog. If you have the patience to deal with or embrace the slower bits, the game is without a doubt a good value for its content, with the free prologue spanning about five hours alone and the promise of more to come via IAP chapters, the first of which is available for just a dollar. With a lot of competition in the turn-based strategy genre on iOS, though, it's hard to recommend spending your time on this one...

'Hoplite' Review - Walk Softly And Carry A Tiny Spear

If there's one thing I really love about exploring the many treasures of the App Store, it's that you can find tons of proof for the idea that great games can come from simple, clean designs. It's something video gaming used to live by, back in simpler times, and while I enjoy a big, expensive, complex blockbuster like everyone else, I'm genuinely more impressed with games that excel on the back of a clever design, and that's just what Hoplite [$1.99] does. Part rogue-like, part turn-based strategy, Hoplite may not have the frills of some other games, even within the generally spartan genres it straddles, but the way it cuts to the heart of what makes those types of games enjoyable is beautiful...

Originally released back in 2012, Castle Raid [$0.99] offered an interesting combination of castle defense and castle offense with a simplified RTS control scheme to tie it all together. Now, developer Arcticmill is back with Castle Raid 2 [$2.99], an iterative sequel that preserves the core gameplay while adding some much-needed depth. Challenging but fair, Castle Raid 2 offers all the right ingredients to be worth checking out...

We've been so busy doing our end-of-year and best of 2013 stuff, as well as taking some much-needed time off to hang with the family over the holidays, that a very noteworthy Freebie Alert nearly slipped right by us. Nearly. Currently, 17-Bit Studio's Skulls of the Shogun [$4.99] is free. Why is it free? Christmas? New Year? Just because 17-Bit are nice people? Who cares why, you need to download this bad boy right now. We awarded Skulls of the Shogun five stars in our review, and it was our pick as Game of the Week when it released. It's a fantastic strategy game with the approachable-yet-super-deep flavor of a game like Advance Wars, and the production values are just through the roof...

Late last week, Rodeo Games' Warhammer Quest [$4.99] received a new batch of paid DLC, and like its previous expansion released in early October, it adds a good amount of new content for those looking to get more out of this already fantastic strategic dungeon crawler...

'Skulls Of The Shogun' Review - Don't Miss This Fantastic Strategy Game

Have you ever found yourself playing a great strategy game and thought to yourself, "All this carnage and killing is great, but wouldn't it be even greater if I could eat the remains of my enemies to gain strength?" If so, I have got two things to say to you. First, you are definitely not invited to Christmas dinner, and second, Skulls of the Shogun [$4.99] is the game for you. This game was released a while ago on Xbox Live Arcade and a few other more ill-fated MS platforms, followed by a Steam launch with some new goodies added in. That version, dubbed the Bone-A-Fide Edition, has now come to iOS, completely intact, with a couple of cool tricks up its sleeve...

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