Category Archives: Strategy

If you're a strategy game fan, this week has been showering riches on you. The classic Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] made its appearance on iPad and appears to be in fine form. The quirky, creative, and all-around excellent Steamworld Heist [$4.99] seemingly dropped out of nowhere. Well, I hope you kept room on your plate, because the turn-based party isn't over yet. Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos [$7.99], the latest strategy RPG from Wave Light Games hadn't appeared by the time we did our weekly round-up post last night, but it showed up not long after. If you're looking for a game to scratch your Final Fantasy Tactics itch, you'll probably want to check it out...

This is actually a bit of news I meant to get to last week and didn't have time, but seeing as how unique a game Calculords [Free] is and how log it's been since its last content update, I felt like it was still worth talking about. First off, Calculords is a card-based strategy game which launched back in February of 2014. It had you building up a deck of units and battling against a colorful cast of AI opponents in its campaign, placing your units among 3 lanes on the playfield to battle head to head against your opponents' units. It sounds a bit standard as far as card-battlers go, but what set Calculords apart was its use of math. Yes, math! It's fun! ..




If you like your board games digital, then Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation [$5.99 (HD)] is a pretty good one to play, especially since the Variant Mode DLC is now available. The game is all about the armies of Light and Shadow, and you take on your opponent on a very pretty map. Part of the fun is that you can't see your opponent's units until you engage them in battle, which makes for fun, strategic decisions. Most people really enjoy the game, even if the digital version dumped the Lord of the Rings theme of the physical game in favor of the more generic light vs shadow...

One Man Left have a pretty incredible track record on the App Store, as despite varying commercial success, the exhilarating twitch action gameplay of the Tilt To Live [$2.99] series was a lot of fun to play, especially in the early days of iOS as a serious gaming platform. Therefore, when the developers released Space Food Truck [$9.99 (HD)] on Steam back in March, it was incredibly interesting to see how the One Man Left team would step up to tackle a larger and more complex experience having plied their trade on relatively fleeting games prior to its release, the outstanding Outwitters [Free] aside. Thankfully, Space Food Truck was warmly received amongst the PC gaming community, and has finally made the transition to handheld devices, as today the game has launched on iPad (sorry, no mobile release as of yet), so anyone looking for a meaty strategic sci-fi adventure can snack on Space Food Truck now...

We enjoy Wave Light Games', well, games quite a bit here at TouchArcade; even though they might not have the shine of a AAA title or even the tight design of titles developed by big times. These are works of passion by pretty much a single person and are very fun to play for anyone who enjoys turn-based RPGs in the spirit of X-COM and Warhammer Quest. A few days ago, we wrote about Demon's Rise - Temple of Shadows, a new entry to the series, but even though Wave Light Games is ready to release Demon's Rise 2, it's still updating the original Demon's Rise [$7.99], which shows the passion behind these games. The new update has added a new world map, which shows the locations and history of the various factions, a new patrol map that links Demon's Rise to Demon's Rise 2, and has doubled the Magic item database, which will give you plenty more to collect...

The game of chess may well have been one of the earliest examples of a game being easy to learn but hard to master. Learning how all of the pieces move and putting together a basic strategy towards getting a checkmate isn't that difficult, but the unpredictable nature of human behavior makes chess a game that always has something new to offer. There's almost always a move to make that could be considered the best, but it's only the best if your opponent reacts in the textbook way themselves. A strong chess player needs to study their opponent almost as intently as the board. That said, there's a lot to be said for learning some fundamental strategies, just in case your opponent plays things by the book. As an added bonus, that knowledge will help you if you decide to play Moveless Chess [Free]...

Hunters: Episode One was the first real taste mobile gamers had of a complex and console-quality strategy game in the mould of XCOM, and its sequel Hunters 2 [$4.99] was beloved amongst the iOS community for improving on the original whilst retaining the compelling gameplay and stunning graphics (at the time, at least) of the series. When Rodeo Games quietly removed both titles from the App Store earlier this year, many thought the were gone for good - neither had been updated for many years, and with the onset of iOS 10, it appeared this was the death knell for the Hunters series. However, against all odds, today Hunters 2 has returned to the App Store with iOS 10 and widescreen support, as well as other minor bug fixes, which is fantastic news for any veteran gamers who longed to try Rodeo's strategy series again on their newer devices...

If you like wargames, then you definitely know the saga of the excellent Shenandoah Studio, the developer that brought us the great Battle of the Bulge and the pretty good Drive on Moscow and Desert Fox. Even though Shenadoah made some of the best wargames on the App Store (and the app themselves worked flawlessly), for reasons unknown it ran out of money, and Slitherine jumped in and bought the developer. After a long time reorganizing, Slitherine republished Battle of the Bulge to more than just mixed reviews since it really felt like the new app had come out a few years before the original one. Menus felt clunkier, some functionality was removed, and so on, all in the name of making the game cross-platform...

RPG Reload File 096 - 'Kingturn Underworld'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the semi-weekly feature where we have trouble figuring out where it all starts and ends at times. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up with some time behind it. We revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall library, or sometimes just take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the keeper of the flame, I try to plan a balanced schedule from week to week, but if you think I'm missing something important, don't hesitate! You can give me suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

There simply is no stopping Plague Inc. [$0.99]. Since its debut nearly four and a half years ago, Plague Inc. has received a constant stream of updates which have mutated the game into new forms and spread it to a constantly expanding base of players. It's like a plague! Its latest update has just hit the App Store and it's very fitting for the forthcoming Halloween holiday. The new Shadow Plague is a "sentient, mutagenic pathogen" that "triggers a powerful thirst for blood in its chosen host", basically turning you into a vampire who must feed on humanity to grow into a giant bat capable of setting up lairs and shadow portals. Here is an exclusive look at the giant, vampiric bat in action...

Back in August we learned that Vile Monarch and Gambitious Entertainment would be releasing an enhanced version of their clever insult battling gamejam game Oh…Sir! [Free] which they originally released back in December of last year. That game, titled Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator [$1.99] has just arrived on the App Store. The original game was a same-device multiplayer game where you and a "friend" would take turns piecing together words and phrases in order to create the ultimate insult. This new version is basically the same idea but expanded greatly. There are more characters to play as, more environments to lob your insults in, and of course many more options for piecing together insults. Also, in addition to the original game's local multiplayer, you can also face off against opponents online or against the CPU...

Ever since Apple added all kinds of features to iOS 10 Messages, developers have been either giving us Stickers or various games played fully within the Messages app. Most of those games have been word or puzzle games, but if you're looking for something a bit more meaty to play with your friends, check out Battle Bash [Free]. The game looks inspired by Advance Wars and offers a variety of units to move around the map (with more coming according to the devs), fog of war, and all the other staples of the genre...

Turn-based strategy game Legends of Callasia [Free (HD)], which sees itself as influenced by games like Civilization, Risk, and Heroes of Might and Magic, has been pretty well received in our forums. So, I'm sure there are quite a few happy customers today because Legends of Callasia has launched its first expansion, The Stoneborne. The new expansion adds a new playable faction, the Dwarves, and includes a new 10-level long campaign, 11 playable Stoneborne heroes, 20 new maps, underground seasons, over 20 new cards, and much more. There's even a whole new enemy faction, the Cavespawn...

'Really Bad Chess' Review - Rook No Further

It would be extremely easy to start this review by alluding to the ironic self-deprecation of the title, and affirm how Really Bad Chess [Free] is actually a Really Good Game. However, in truth, the title is not too far off the mark. Compared to the balance, strategic depth, and elegance of the age-old board game, Zach Gage’s most recent release is really bad chess. It is highly likely you will start a game with an abundance of the most powerful pieces versus a far weaker opponent, and it will likely not take as much tactical meticulousness to break down their defence; anyone looking for a chess simulator will undoubtedly be disappointed. However, once preconceptions of similar titles are left behind, Really Bad Chess manages to turn a tiresome, tricky and intimidating game into one perfectly suited for the immediacy of mobile gaming. While it may share similarities in the pieces, and how they can move, to the game it takes its name from, Really Bad Chess is an entirely different beast. Through prioritising unpredictability and offensive play over experience, Zach Gage has crafted an essential puzzle experience for anyone even remotely interested in strategy games on the App Store...

In January of 2014 Stoic Studios launched their tactical RPG Banner Saga [$9.99] on PC to much critical acclaim. In October of that year, just shy of two years ago, they launched Banner Saga on the App Store, and it turned out to be a fantastic fit for the mobile platform. The following December, Stoic officially announced what many people had already assumed was coming, a full sequel, and also mentioned their plans to eventually bring that sequel to mobile platforms as they did with the first game. Well, after another well-received launch on desktop this past April and on consoles in July, Banner Saga 2 [$9.99] has finally popped up for purchase in the App Store...

Zombie titles really need to innovate more-so than a lot of other types of games these days. The market is just so saturated that the mere notion of "survival" itself just isn't enough, and there at least needs to be an interesting hook involved beyond the solitary concept of continuing to exist. Skyhill [$2.99] does that, even if the magic doesn't last as long as the developers intended it to...

If you've been enjoying moving those huge spaceships around and blowing each other up in Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan [$9.99], you're in luck because the game is getting a new campaign called Black Rage on Sep. 15th, and it's going to be a free update for both iOS and Android. The developers had promised to continue expanding the game, and it looks like they're starting to make good on that promise. The new update will allow players to lead the Space Marines Flesh Tearers fleet in protecting Lysios in a new campaign map. The new ships, which come with the own rules, will be available in the skirmish and multiplayer modes, too...

RPG Reload File 092 - 'The War of Eustrath'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we may not have the fancy licenses, but know that a giant robot is a giant robot. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit the classics, reflect on their place in the overall App Store library, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the wielder of Falchion, I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in order to accurately reflect the diversity of the genre. If you think I'm missing something important, however, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is made quite far in advance, so you may not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

We've been riding the renewed wave of roguelikes and roguelites for several years now. By the very nature of the genre, a good roguelike can last players for a really long time. What that means is that any new entry is going to have to have some kind of way of standing out if it hopes to get attention. Hero Generations [$4.99] has a strong, easily-understood gimmick: every move costs a year of your character's life, and when they run out of years, it's game over. Before that happens, you need to find a mate and have a kid, who will hopefully be able to carry on some of the previous character's traits and legacy. As you expand your abilities and fame from generation to generation, you'll eventually piece together an urgent goal, but you won't be able to do anything about it if your family line dies off early...

Environment Focused Roguelike 'Enyo' Launching September 7th on the App Store

Enyo was a game that caught our eye when we first caught a glimpse of it in May, as its unique mechanic of using environmental traps and obstacles to destroy enemies - rather than traditional attacking options - made it stand out from countless similar titles that have embraced mobile devices for their trademark short gameplay sessions. Developer TiNYTOUCHTALES has today announced that Enyo will descend onto the App Store on September 7th, and the game certainly looks a world apart from the rather bare-bones iteration that originated out of a 7 day roguelike development challenge. With a brand new art style by designer Winnie Song that really captures the ancient Greek theme of Enyo, as well as multiple modes and randomly generated dungeons, TiNYTOUCHTALES may have potentially created another App Store rogue like that can follow in the footsteps of esteemed classics such as Hoplite [$2.99] and Auro [$1.99]...

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