Category Archives: Strategy

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. ..

Strategy games can often be an intimidating lot. The concept of micromanaging in general, right off the bat, can be make or break for many gamers out there who don't want to keep track of too many variables at once. But not all strategy games are created equal, and some of them do a better job of easing people into the genre than others. Fading Fairytales [Free] may not be the most impressive game on the App Store, but it's an excellent introduction to the tactical genre...

There's nothing quite like when a truly amazing game gets even better through updates. Such is the case with XCOM: Enemy Unknown [$19.99]. The critically acclaimed reboot of the original 1994 turn-based strategy title made waves with its release on desktop and consoles late last year, and an incredibly faithful port made its way to the App Store this past June. Its graphics were slightly dumbed down and it was missing a few of the features from its console counterpart, but the iOS version of XCOM was still simply fantastic, and set the bar for what we should expect from a premium experience on our mobile devices...

'Pandemic: The Board Game' for iPad Review - Saving the World, One Sneeze at a Time

Many of us dream of saving the world, but few really get that opportunity. Pandemic: The Board Game [$6.99 (HD)] is a cooperative board game that tasks you with stopping four deadly diseases before they consume the world. It has already been a blockbuster on tabletops, attracting the likes of Wil Wheaton, and now it's taking the App Store by storm. This first time effort from developer F2Z has a lot riding on it. Let’s see if it lives up to expectations...

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