Category Archives: Strategy

You might have heard about this little film called Star Wars: The Force Awakens that's releasing this month. As such, Star Wars fever is in full force, and it makes perfect sense for Star Wars Commander [Free] to get a big batch of new content with the movie nearing its release. Players can now wage battles on Planet Takodana, and fight with two new units from the upcoming movie...

'Digfender' Review - Tunnel of Love

Digfender [Free] is basically a tower defense game combined with a “digging” game (if you couldn’t tell from the title alone). As far as the TD stuff is concerned, it’s all pretty standard. You’ve got waves of different enemies marching toward your base (a castle, in this case), and your job is to stop them by planting various weaponized towers in strategic places that will slow or kill the hordes. The towers themselves are pretty typical, too, with a fire tower, shock tower, freeze tower, and bomb tower, each with branching upgrade paths a la Kingdom Rush [Free]. On top of that, you’ve got several support towers that connect to the weapons to boost things like damage, range, and gold drops...




Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we all gain experience to become something better. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's an opportunity to revisit old favorites, reflect on how they fit into the greater picture, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to present a balanced plate as we roll through the weeks, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, don't hesitate, suggest...suggestitate? Look, I didn't think that through very well, but there's no going back now. Anyway, you can leave a suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is already locked in for the next few months, but suggested games will be added to the master list, and provided I eat well and do my daily exercises, I will get to them eventually...

There's this one franchise that most European (primarily) gamers use as short for the game that made you break up with a girlfriend, miss your best friend's wedding, fail a few (or more) classes, or forget to eat, and that franchise is Football Manager (yes, I know it wasn't always called that, but that's not important). After releasing Football Manager Mobile 2016 [$8.99], the more streamlined mobile version of the game, Sports Interactive has just dropped Football Manager Touch 2016 [$19.99 (HD)], the big daddy, on the App Store. This is an improved version of last year's Football Manager Classic [$19.99 (HD)] (which got 5 stars from me), and should play even better than last year's game. Football Manager Touch 2016 is pretty much the Football Manager Touch mode from the PC game, which is a streamlined version of the full Football Manager 2016 monster. The iOS and PC version of Football Manager Touch are fully cross-save compatible, which means you can waste all that time on the same career on both iOS and on the PC...

Kemco appears to be on a bit of a strategy game kick of late on iOS, with Legend Of Ixtona [$3.99] releasing a few months ago, and now, Legna Tactica [$3.99]. Well, I can appreciate them wanting to change things up a bit here and there. Although I know many of their fans appreciate the regular trickle of traditional JRPGs, there has to be some kind of saturation point. Forty titles in, Kemco might just be finding it. Of course, it's also possible that their stalwart developers simply feel like making something different. Whatever the reason, we've got another strategy RPG in front of us, and I'm sure no one will fall out of their chair when I say that it's very derivative of the classic Tactics Ogre. This genre seems to have trouble shaking off Yasumi Matsuno's influence, and Kemco certainly weren't going to be the ones to do it...

About a week and a half ago 11 Bit Studios' somber strategy survival game about war from a civilian perspective, This War of Mine [$14.99], received an update that added Universal iPhone support. Finally, millions of iPhone owners would get to experience one of the best game's to arrive on iOS this year. Except for one thing… a show-stopping bug crept into that update. 11 Bit had not choice but to take the game down and get things fixed up, which is what they did. As of yesterday This War of Mine is back in working order and back on the App Store, and as a special bonus it's even on sale for $6.99...

When Slitherine decided to develop Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon [$19.99 (HD)], most strategy nerds (like me) got quite excited because the Warhammer universe was a great fit for a strategy game based on the Panzer Corps engine. When the game came out, it didn't disappoint as it delivered a pretty deep strategy game with a crazy amount of units and a some long and diverse campaigns. When I reviewed it a few months back, I really enjoyed it, although I did have some complaints about Slitherine's multiplayer system. Yesterday, Slitherine announced a new Campaign for the game, Ork Hunters, that adds even more content to the game and includes new units as well as a continuation of the game's story. According to the announcement, after the Imperial forces defeated the Orks in the Second War for Armageddon, the surviving Orks left some of their spores in the Equatorial Jungle where they managed to survive and grow, threatening the stability of Armageddon...

Turbo Tape has been busy cranking out more content for it's digital board game, Warhammer: Arcane Magic[$1.99]. Today marks the release of the Jungles of Lustria expansion pack which introduces more monsters, more wizards and the titular new environment, the jungles where the Lizardman faction call home. ..

Mi Clos Studios' survival roguelike Out There [$4.99] launched on iOS back in February of last year, and we thought it was simply wonderful. It was also extremely difficult and unforgiving, which turned a lot of people off. Later that year, a major update was announced dubbed "Omega Edition" which landed on iOS this past June and added lots of new content and revamped visuals. It was a glorious treat for current fans, but many still found the game too brutal to enjoy. Welp, in early September, Mi Clos announced a series of updates they had planned for Out There which they called Multiverse Updates. The first of these updates, subtitled Cemetery Gates, adds a massive new feature that people had been requesting but the developers had been resisting since the beginning: an Easy mode. After arriving on Steam a few weeks back, Multiverse Update 1: Cemetery Gates has just landed on iOS...

11 bit Studios' somber look at war from the civilians' perspective This War of Mine [$14.99] launched on desktop in November of last year to critical acclaim, and in July of this year it was ported to iOS and Android tablets. The somewhat point-and-click style of the gameplay in This War of Mine felt completely at home on the touchscreen, but as is the case with most games that release as iPad-only, iPhone owners were miffed to be missing out on the experience. Well, miff no more, iPhone owners! This War of Mine was just updated with Universal iPhone support...

'Templar Battleforce' Review - A Battleforce To Be Reckoned With

I think we can safely say at this point that if Space Marines are your jam, iOS has been good to you. We've got what feels like at least a half dozen decent-to-excellent officially licensed Warhammer 40K games spanning a variety of genres, to say nothing of the fine selection of games that homage Games Workshop's popular franchise. Well, I think we can add one more to that list, and it's a very fine effort indeed. Templar Battleforce [$9.99] is the latest release from the Trese Brothers, a small development team most well-known for Star Traders [Free], a trading simulation in the vein of Trade Wars and Master Of Orion. Battleforce takes place in the same universe as that game, but it has its sights set on a different genre. Instead of dealing with groups of ships traveling through the galaxy, Battleforce focuses on the Templar Knights, a group of elite warriors whose job is to protect their charges from anything that threatens them. It's a turn-based strategy RPG, a genre with no shortage of quality entries on iOS, but it manages to make quite a mark anyway...

It perhaps shows how ephemeral our hobby is that none of the major companies responsible for pushing the first decade or so of commercial computer RPGs exist anymore. Sir-Tech, who created Wizardry and got the ball rolling on the market, collapsed in the early 2000s. Origin Systems, the developer of the mega-hit series Ultima, was devoured by EA and formally disbanded in 2004, though they functionally ceased to exist well before that point. SSI, who made the wonderful Gold Box series of Dungeons & Dragons games, was absorbed into Ubisoft in 2001. Interplay, the original developer of Bard's Tale, Wasteland, and Fallout, technically still exists but only as a loose collection of tenuously-held IP rights. New World Computing, the creators of the Might & Magic series and its spin-offs, was bought out by 3DO and closed in 2002...

If you've watched a show like The Walking Dead, you'll know that in a zombie apocalypse, the unprepared always die first. If you play by the rules, you'll die; if you don't have survivalist skills, you'll die. In other words, if you don't know all the tricks, you won't be able to make it far in a zombie apocalypse or in the new zombie game, The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free]. Unlike in a real zombie apocalypse, in The Walking Dead: NML you can buy IAPs to help tilt the survival odds in your favor, but who said that surviving should cost you actual money? That's why I'm writing this The Walking Dead: No Man's Land guide so you can survive without shelling out any money; you can keep that for your victory burger after taking down the walkers. The game is a combination of base building, RPG, and tactical gameplay, and you'll spend most of your time with it expanding and upgrading your base, guiding your survivors through various sets from the TV show, killing zombies, and gathering supplies...

'Subterfuge' Review: An Unsinkable Strategy Game

Oh hello there. I didn't see you come in. I've been mildly obsessed with a new game I think you might like. It's called Subterfuge [Free]. Never heard of it? That's weird, they had this really awesome youtube trailer with a cameo with the Sess' himself starring as overbearingly condescending guy. It was a really cute premise but I bet you want to know what kind of game warrants a promotion from the Rajah of Reviews, the Sultan of Stars and the King of Critics Adam Sessler. Well, a good one. A really good one. In fact, I am going to spoil this right here and now for those of you who hate reading an entire review, go get this game because it is awesome...

This past December, Sega's Chain Chronicle [Free], which they dub a "line-defense RPG", was brought to the US App Store care of gumi Inc. While Chain Chronicle reached massive popularity in Asian markets over the past couple of years, it hasn't quite set the North American world on fire yet. However, that may change with the upcoming Version 2.0 update to Chain Chronicle which is set to arrive soon. Here's a new trailer showing off Version 2.0 of Chain Chronicle...

I have a problem with Mucho Taco [Free]. Sure, it’s entertaining (as clickers go) with fun art and a silly premise. It has some neat ideas to switch up the genre, like swiping instead of clicking and throwing in a vaguely Tiny Tower [Free]-esque restaurant timer system. And there are a lot of fun little details here and there, like the way the filling peeks out when you fold a tortilla or the way the customers start picketing when your restaurants close. My problem with Mucho Taco, though, is that it is seriously eating into the time I spend playing Noodlecakes other idle clicker, Bitcoin Billionaire [Free]...

Rebuilt 'Battle of the Bulge' Has Released, and Shenadoah Studios Talks Upcoming Games

It has been a saga, hasn't it? If you love strategy games like I do, you know all about Shenandoah Studios, the studio that was, then wasn't, and now is again. The drama, very briefly: Shenandoah Studios was making some great strategy games, and then out of the blue it was acquired by Slitherine, and we didn't hear about the Studio again for months. As I wrote about a month ago, Shenandoah resurfaced and announced that a revamped Battle of the Bulge [$9.99] would be re-released, and the game has finally assaulted the App Store a few days ago. The upgraded version of the game is an update, not a new app, which is good news for all those who already own the game. The main changes in the game are cross-platform multiplayer, a new tournament feature, and a new AI (which is great news). If you want to read in more detail about the new features, go here. Keep in mind, though, that the game doesn't play as smoothly as it used to, which is a pity...

'Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville' Review - Can I Kill One More Zombie Mom, Please?

Although the tide has subsided a bit, it's still pretty hard not to bump into a few zombies when playing video games or watching TV shows. We are definitely past the zombie wave crest, but those lovely creatures are still dragging their destroyed bodies towards us every opportunity they get. The zombie theme's popularity makes any new game about zombies a "been there-done that" kind of affair. Still, we do occasionally see games that use the zombie theme well, and Sarah Northway's Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville [$4.99], a strategy sim game about restoring (or remaking) civilization after the zombie apocalypse, is definitely one of the good ones. Rebuild 3, much like The Walking Dead, cleverly uses zombies as the backdrop to the challenges of rebuilding society after it collapses...

'Worms 4' Review - Scorched Earthworm

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September 17th, 2015 12:22 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in $4.99, 4 stars, Arcade, Games, Reviews, Strategy, Universal
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Some of my favorite gaming memories while growing up were playing Worms with my older brother on PC. He was always quite a bit better than me, as older brothers are (and he still is), but it was still incredibly fun slinging Super Sheep, Concrete Donkeys, and Holy Hand Grenades at each other until he whittled me down to nothing. Imagine my delight, then, when several years ago I learned Worms would be coming to iPhone! I bought every iteration on day one, and even though they weren't perfect, Team 17 managed to get it just a little bit more right every time. And now, finally, we have Worms 4 [$4.99], a sequel tailor made for mobile...

We've all seen the Kate Upton commercials for Game of War: Fire Age [Free], haven't we? I mean how could you have NOT seen them by now, you know? They even played during the Super Bowl this year. Anyway, as we learned back in June, that partnership between Upton and Game of War developer Machine Zone is coming to an end, and Machine Zone has struck a new partnership with long-time pop icon Mariah Carey. The new partnership sounded strange straight away, as even though Mariah Carey is a legendary pop singer, she hasn't felt very relevant for a long time, whereas Kate Upton is one of today's top models-slash-actors. However, today the first Game of War commercial featuring Mariah Carey debuted, and the partnership actually makes a lot more sense now. The commercial itself is pretty funny, too. ..

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