Category Archives: Strategy

TGS 2017: Hands-On with 'Battlesky Brigade'

It feels like cute characters plus strategy game is a go-to approach for a lot of mobile developers these days, perhaps in the hopes of catching some of the run-off from Clash of Clans and its brethren. Battlesky Brigade is another such attempt, but apart from its frankly adorable character designs, it doesn't seem to have a lot of the necessary hooks to stand out. I had a chance to play a little of the game at the Tokyo Game Show, and while it's fun enough, I wonder if it can compete in a very difficult genre...

TGS 2017: Hands-On with Glaciwaker Entertainment's 'Smith Story' and 'Slime Legend'

One of the things about making your way through the indie game section of the Tokyo Game Show is that some of the games you play come from developers who haven't yet found a publishing partner and are unable to take their game worldwide as a result. One such developer at this year's show was Glaciwaker Entertainment, a Taiwan-based developer who had two interesting games at their station. Both of these games have already soft-launched in a few regions but haven't yet made the jump to a wider launch...




'Iron Marines' Review - 'StarCraft' for Mobile

'Iron Marines' Review - 'StarCraft' for Mobile

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September 15th, 2017 4:45 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in 5 stars, Reviews, Strategy
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Earlier this week, I posted some pretty exhaustive first impressions of Iron Marines [$4.99], and consider this review a continuation of that article. In it, I cover most of the basics of the game and how various mechanics work. To avoid endlessly repeating myself a bunch, I'd recommend going back and reading that as this review will mostly confirm suspicions that I had and answer questions about the game's monetization methods which have been fairly controversial in our community...

Ironhide Game Studios is most well-known for their excellent Kingdom Rush trilogy of tower defense games, but back in February of last year they announced a new game that would be tackling a different genre: real-time strategy. We didn't hear much news after that initial announcement until this past January when some beta footage was released, giving us a glimpse of the game in action. Then in March during GDC we went hands-on with an in-progress version of the game and thought it was shaping up quite nicely. Now, after much impatient waiting on my part, that game, Iron Marines [$4.99], has just hit the App Store a day ahead of its scheduled release date. I don't think anyone will be complaining about getting to play this one early! Check out the official trailer for Iron Marines...

Every two to three days, give or take, somebody somewhere asks for advice on the best roguelike games for mobile. Inevitably Sproggiwood [$4.99] appears on the resulting lists. Sproggiwood and its cute graphics and copious humor came out in mid-2015 but has held up to the advances of time and game development as a paragon of the roguelike genre. It's also on sale right now for its lowest price ever, just $.99. Sproggiwood goes on sale fairly frequently but usually for $2 or $3, never this low. In Sproggiwood you play as a simple island farmer who is lured through a magical portal by a talking sheep. The portal leads to a trap (the lesson here is don't trust talking sheep) created by the Sproggi, a forest spirt who built a village to keep you in and occupied. Your job is to tame all of the creatures that roam the forests. ..

This month's major update for Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] has arrived, and it adds a much-requested feature to the game. While the core of the Fire Emblem series is the strategic combat system, it seems to be just as popular these days for the relationships that can be built between characters. In recent entries, these relationships are expressed through mini scenarios that tell some kind of story about the two characters. The debut of the support system in the third Fire Emblem game, however, only took the form of statistical advantages when certain characters were put together on the battlefield. Well, Fire Emblem Heroes now has a support system, but it's a bit closer to the one in that earlier entry than what fans of newer games may be familiar with...

Brain Good Games is making a name for themselves by developing interesting and engaging digital board games. Axes and Acres and Militia [$3.99] have both done well on Steam, with the latter making the leap to mobile back in March. Now their latest title, Minos Strategos [$3.99], has also launched on iOS and Android. In Minos Strategos you are the commander of the defense of the ancient city of Minos. Unfortunately, a horde of Minotaur invaders are looking to make that job pretty tough of late. You move and attack with your units using battle-formation cards which dictate exactly where you can do each. Tabletop fans will see some resemblance to classic two-player strategy game Onitama, though you have more cards from which to act than in that game...

If you want to feel like an emperor who's accidentally pushed the fast-forward button on the world clock, then you should grab the just-released Eight-Minute Empire [$4.99], the port of the award-winning game with the same name. The game's name gives away the idea behind it: you have to build a whole empire in a very short span of time. Specifically, this fast-paced card game will have you doing the usual actions you'd expect from an empire-building game: recruiting troops, conquering parts of the map, collecting goods to get stronger, building castles to establish your dominance, and so on. It's not the most ground-breaking empire-building game by any means, but it's definitely fun and quick, which is always a good combination for mobile games...

I have always been extremely fascinated by the Victorian Period. Its aesthetics and 19th century industrial technology definitely allure me more than other periods of time. However, I am an even bigger sucker for Neo-Victorian (A.K.A Steampunk) aesthetics and its different technologies. I think they are a unique mixture of different aspects that you wouldn't initially imagine to be together. My choices in playing past games such as Dishonored and Bioshock Infinite were definitely influenced my my fascination with Victorian science fiction. These aforementioned personal fun-facts are why I absolutely had to try out Noblemen: 1896 [Free] by Foursaken Media...

With the arrival of the Choose Your Legends event in Fire Emblem Heroes [Free], we had a rare opportunity to speak with the game's directors and ask them some questions. Most of the talk centered around the development of the game, with some extra questions to try to get at some of the team's future plans for mobile. A big thank you to Nintendo of America for arranging this interview and facilitating it, and to Mr. Maeda and Mr. Matsushita for giving up their time to talk to us today. Before we get to the interview, I'd like to talk a little bit about the subjects...

Foursaken Media has been giving us one fun game after the other, with Heroes & Castles 2, Bug Heroes 2, and Block Fortress among the best of them, and today the developer has released another very ambitious game called Noblemen: 1896 [Free]. We've been keeping a very close eye on the game from early on in its development because the concept behind it sounds great: an alternate history, third person, cover-based shooter with a strategic top-down layer. In other words, another game where Foursaken Media gets various genres, puts them in a blender, and out comes a game. Noblemen has you playing as a late 19th-century soldier, but the technology and the world around you are a mix of WWI, American Civil War, and steampunk. I'm a sucker for alternate histories, and this one looks like it will be a blast to experience...

There's nothing quite like the App Store for dropping some cool looking game without any sort of warning. Such is the case with Death Point [$5.99], a new top-down dual-stick stealth game from developer Andiks. Arriving on the App Store with zero fanfare yesterday, it has since gone to capture the attention of our community, and after giving it a brief try for myself, it seems like a really high-quality title if you're looking for a new premium game to chew on going into the weekend. As mentioned Death Point is a stealth game, inspired by "Metal Gear Solid, PayDay and HITMAN series" according to the developer's website. Check out this trailer of the desktop version to get an idea of what Death Point is all about...

'Strike Team Hydra' Review - Trading Walking Guns for Regular Guns

Wave Light Games came virtually out of nowhere with the excellent tactical RPG Demon's Rise [$7.99] a couple of years ago. Perhaps more impressively, the small developer updated the game frequently, responding to player feedback to hammer out many of the game's dents and rough edges. All of that work paid off when Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99] was able to launch last year in a much more polished form than its predecessor. Naturally, that game got more than a few updates as well. One problem that sequel faced was that the original game was updated so often, the sequel had trouble distinguishing itself, an issue that likely would have afflicted a third Demon's Rise had that been Wave Light's next project...

Ticket to Earth [$4.99] is a well-made tactical RPG with a cool, puzzle-like combat mechanic that is both compelling and rather unique - a rarity in this day and age. The game's first protagonist is fond of saying "see the grid, find the path," the mantra from a futuristic martial art that allows her to blitz through the battlefield and over different colored squares that fuel a variety of attack powers. The story is cool, and is set in New Providence, a dying colony on a distant world. The colony is being evacuated back to earth, but you need a ticket - and they all end up in the hands of the rich and powerful. The people have had enough, and faced with an uncertain future, opt to rise up. ..

Wave Light Games is continuing their wave of updates for popular tactical role-playing game Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. One week ago brought a release that brought us a new character option, the Cataphract, among a bevy of other nice changes. Today, I can tell you that another update has been submitted to Apple to unleash yet another character. ..

Rubicon really knows what they're about when it comes to turn-based, tactical war games on mobile devices. They all but pioneered the genre early on in the App Store with Great Little War Game [$0.99] and followed it up with Great Big War Game [$0.99], and Great Little War Game 2 [$0.99]. Last June, Epic Little War Game [$0.99] hit the scene and really modernized the franchise. It offers the same great intuitive and fast-paced gameplay and is a lot of fun. A wide variety of units, each with their pros and cons, along with a variety of different terrain considerations really drive up the decision making and make this a great game for strategic players...

Titanfall: Assault [Free] has finally launched worldwide on the App Store. The PvP RTS that’s based on Titanfall is the franchises second proper step into mobile. Titanfall: Frontline never made it out of soft launch but Titanfall: Assault is now available for free across the App Store. This is part of the deal Respawn has with Nexon for a series of mobile games with the Titanfall franchise. Nexon, Respawn Entertainment, and Particle City even have a new launch trailer to celebrate the worldwide release. Watch it below:..

Age of Conquest IV [Free], by Noble Master LLC, is one of my very favorite conquer-the-world type games for my iPad. It scratches that Civilization and Rome: Total War itch without requiring hours and hours of play time. The game’s AI is challenging and there’s also a very well done multiplayer mode where you can set all manner of options, including the length of time to complete a turn. Age of Conquest IV also has one of the best freemium models I’ve seen—the game is free-to-play with optional in-app purchases to unlock additional maps and multiplayer cosmetics...

'Hades' Star' Review - Explore, Expand, and Fight Your Way to Galactic Dominance in this Space Based MMO

Take command of an expedition to the distant Hades galaxy in space-based MMO Hades’ Star [Free]. A futuristic gold rush kicked off when scouts returned with word that the newly discovered galaxy was full of profitable planets to colonize, asteroids to mine, and money to be made and you’re right there with the pack...

'Strike Team Hydra' Is a Futuristic Strategy Game From the Creators of 'Demon's Rise', Launching Mid-August

Ever since the TouchArcade Discord Server really took off at the start of this year, it's been fantastic to see how many developers have signed up and actively participated with our community of iOS gaming fanatics. Wave Light Games have been one of the more active users on our Discord, and as the developer has a lot of exciting projects on the horizon, seeing their upcoming games take shape after a lot of input and advice from our members has been really heartwarming, and has underlined the strength of the community we're lucky enough to have at TouchArcade. Strike Team Hydra is the next game from Wave Light Games, and while the title has a more futuristic setting than the brilliant Demon's Rise [$7.99] series, the same immersive strategic action from the beloved iOS franchise is back with a vengeance, with a number of new additions. Considering XCOM's imminent demise at the hands of the 32-bit Appocalypse, Strike Team Hydra looks to perfectly fill the void, and should be an essential download for strategy fanatics when it releases in mid-August...

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