Category Archives: Strategy

'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...

'Lords Of Waterdeep' Review - A Great Conversion Of An Excellent Board Game

Playdek has built a good reputation converting trading card games to iOS, and their recent foray into board games, Agricola [$3.99], showed they know their way around that type of conversion just as well. Their latest release, Lords of Waterdeep [$5.99], is unsurprisingly another thoughtful adaptation, this time of Wizards of the Coast's 2012 hit Forgotten Realms board game. Like other mobile adaptations of board and card games, the advantages are clear. It's a lot cheaper, it's easier to play with friends, you can play solo against or fill out your multiplayer games with AI opponents, you don't have to set up or clean up, and cheating is considerably harder. If you happen to be a fan of the actual board game, I'll save you a few minutes of reading: this is a faithful version of the core game, so if that's what you were looking for, feel free to buy without remorse...

There's little doubt that Ndemic Creation's Plague Inc. [$0.99] is one of the finest strategy games in the App Store, but it's also one of the most well tended to games I've ever seen. The original release last year was an elegant humanity-eradicating simulation that felt like a perfect fit for a mobile title. Over the last year and a half though, Plague Inc. has grown and evolved into so much more. We've seen a brain-burrowing worm plague with last September's Neurax Worm expansion pack, Genetic Mutations in an update the following month, the zombie-like plague Necroa Virus added in an update in February, and Speed Runs and Center for Disease Control content in an update from July. Now that brings us to today, where the Scenarios update which we detailed last month is now available in the App Store...

We told you last week that the remake of the strategy classic M.U.L.E. would be landing on November 25th, and we weren't lying. As of today you can now download M.U.L.E. Returns [$4.99] from the App Store. This new iOS version features remade visuals, remixes of the classic M.U.L.E. tunes, and absolutely no in-app purchases or any of that weirdness. As the app description puts it, "Nothing else to buy. No gems. No crystals. No ads. Pure gaming!" Here you can see a nice chunk of the game in action in this developer gameplay video...

I was pretty excited to hear about a new game coming from Eccentricity, the developers of Dive For Treasures [$1.99]. In spite of a pretty plain name, the game itself was a unique, relaxing experience. Well, there's not a lot unique about their new title, Tower Dwellers [$3.99], and I can't say it's all that relaxing, but depending on how well you liked Kingdom Rush [$0.99] and your personal definition of how close is too close, you should have a good time with this one while it lasts...

Maze Crusade [Free] from developer My Evil Twin is something special: A fun and challenging take on the ubiquitous match-3 genre that spurs players on with the same intensity as a game like Knightmare Tower. You play as a knight who navigates a deadly maze full of bloodthirsty foes, dead ends, and a row of moving spikes that destroys everything on the bottom of the screen...

We've been pretty excited for Fish Labs' new game set in the Galaxy on Fire universe for what feels like years now, we got a fresh sniff of it at GDC, and I've been really interested in seeing how this free to play game which is targeted more at "core" gamers is going to do when it's finally released on the worldwide market...

Earlier this year, 2K Games dropped a really cool little turn-based strategy game called Sid Meier's Ace Patrol [Free] on iOS. Like many, we loved it, but quite a few people were disappointed with its pricing model. Ace Patrol was free to play, offering a portion of a campaign with the remaining campaigns sold separately. I get the impression that part didn't bother people too much, but there were other IAP lurking that had some people wishing the game just included everything, with no IAP, at a premium price. Well, Ace Patrol is and probably always will be a free-to-play game, but the follow-up is here, and 2K Games seems to have heard the message, loud and clear...

'Anomaly 2' Review - An Amazing Evolutionary Sequel

When Anomaly Warzone Earth [$3.99] hit back in 2011, its ‘tower offense’ gameplay was pretty novel and made for a highly enjoyable experience. Fast forward to today, and games still haven’t quite  hit on what made Warzone (and it’s half sequel, Anomaly Korea [$3.99]) such a success. With Anomaly 2 [$4.99], 11 Bit Studios have raised the bar, with an impressive array of improvements and a new multiplayer mode I love...

Freebie Alert: Turn-based Law Battler 'Devil's Attorney' Free for the Weekend

Here is a very nice treat as we head into the weekend. 1337 Game Design's Devil's Attorney [$1.99] is free for the first time ever. Originally launching back in September of last year, Devil's Attorney took the strategic turn-based battling that you might find in any number of RPG or TBS titles and applied it to the courtroom. Rather than hurling magic spells, you're using Objections to cool down the prosecution or Reverse Psychology to get key witnesses against your client to turn on themselves. Being that you're the Devil's attorney and all, your ultimate goal is to get your less-than-desirable clients off scot-free by using every dirty trick you can think of...

Whenever I play a games with a post-apocalyptic ocean setting, I’m always reminded of that horrible Waterworld movie. Sure, most games will undoubtedly do the bare minimum to create an experience marginally better than that flick, but it’s never a good starting position. Oil Rush: 3D Naval Strategy [$4.99] certainly does what it can to offer a decent superficial experience. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do nearly enough in other facets and ends up being simply satisfactory...

We just told you about Combat Monsters [Free] yesterday, but Rubicon Development decided to get a leg up on the normal scheduled Wednesday night releases and have released their new game tonight instead. ..

In Shadow Vamp [$0.99], you play as the laziest vampires ever. The game takes place over a series of floating islands. After sleeping the night away, your vampire wakes up and wants to cross the island, in broad daylight, to the next crypt, where he or she will snooze until deciding to move to the next island. It's a fun exercise, if a little rough around the edges...

At last, with the release of Kingturn Underworld RPG [Free], the Andaria Trilogy of strategy RPGs from developer Mangobile is complete. For the second time this year, no less! So, let's explain what happened here. A few years back, Mangobile released Swords & Earrings - Tales of Andaria, a great turn-based strategy game that suffered from some bizarre controls and fairly hideous graphics. Then, about a half year after that, they released Knighturn, a prequel that offered tons of new maps, some new units, bizarre controls, and fairly hideous graphics. Finally, earlier this year, they closed out the trilogy with Kingturn RPG [Free], a story that bridged the prequel and the original, which offered tons of new maps, some new units, significantly better controls, and slightly less hideous graphics...

'EMPIRE: The Deck Building Strategy Game' Review - An Empire of Rogues

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October 14th, 2013 12:49 PM EDT by Brad Cummings in $2.99, 4 stars, Board, Reviews, Strategy
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Occasionally a video game will come along that does something entirely unique and different. Sometimes these are art games and other times they bring fresh new mechanics. iOS is a great place for these as it has a low barrier of entry, typified in games like Year Walk [$3.99], Sword and Sworcery [$4.99], and others. Empire [$2.99] is one of those games. It is pushing boundaries by combining two different genres: 4X (think Civilazation) and rogue-likes. What emerges is an experience entirely its own. ..

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