Category Archives: Strategy

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...

Rodeo Games' excellent tabletop-style strategic dungeon crawler Warhammer Quest [$4.99] has just received a massive new update, which they first teased us about back in August. It's called The Brutal Tribe update and it features a brand new region called Averland where you'll face off against new enemies such as Savage Orcs, Black Orcs and Stone Trolls. Averland contains 9 new settlements, 14 new Story Quests and new dungeon tile sets. This new premium content comes at a price though, so unlocking The Brutal Tribe will set you back $4.99. A pittance, I'm sure, for fans of the game...

As we mentioned in our review, Pocket Trains [Free] really doesn't have a problem with excessive freemium elements. Sure, the game's premium 'Bux' are more important than ever, but the game is also balanced so players can earn them more through normal courses of play. With that said, we've got a few tips you can follow to make sure you'll earn enough coins and Bux without having to worry about needing to resort to IAP...

'Shadowrun Returns' Review - A Kickstarter-Fueled Cyberpunk Classic

Shadowrun Returns [$9.99 (HD)] isn't a simple rehash of the 16-Bit console games that founded the universe it lives in. It's the same brand new adventure that was scripted and coded from the ground up for PC and Mac and it is, quite simply, a masterpiece...

'Pocket Trains' Review - Making Logistics Fun

Nearly half a year after its action-oriented take on Snake, the folks at NimbleBit are back again with a free-to-play title much closer to its time management roots. Indeed, from as superficial standpoint, Pocket Trains [Free] shares some of the aesthetic and gameplay formula of Pocket Planes [Free]. However, behind the similarities is an excellent transportation management title that offers deeper strategic gameplay than its spiritual predecessor. Combine this with NimbleBit's penchant for fair IAP balancing, and Pocket Trains is yet another fun title that needs to be checked out...

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While hard hits and dazzling end zone plays seem to garner most of the attention when it comes to American Football, there's a deeper strategy element that sometimes gets overlooked. Pro Strategy Football 2013 [$4.99] looks to celebrate that facet of football with gameplay that focuses exclusively on the play-calling and scouting elements of the game. It succeeds well in this regard too, making it a must-play for any technical fan of the game...

'Final Fantasy Tactics' Director Working With Playdek on New iOS Strategy Title

Joystiq, reporting live from the Tokyo Game Show has an awesome scoop on a story that's sure to make fans of Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99] fans squeal with glee: Vagrant Story and FFT director Yasumi Matsuno is in the midst of working with Playdek on a new iOS strategy game. It's called Unsung Story, and Joystiq has the premise on deck:..

If you’re into turn-based strategy games, or more specifically hex-battlefield games like Civil War 1863 [$1.99 / Free], you may have heard of Hunted Cow Studios. The studio has steadily carved out a niche in the hex-strategy genre over the past few years. Ancient Battle: Rome [$1.99] is the company’s latest iOS adventure. It’s chock full of historical tidbits, challenging maps, horses and even a few elephants. That’s right, you get to fight with horses and elephants. Are you excited yet?..

There’s been an outbreak of ninja fever on the App Store of late. We’ve checked out rhythm games like Audio Ninja and Arcade titles like Ninjin. Now, it’s time for a little tower-defense ninja action. Come on, you know you wanted it, right? The developers at Eutechnyx smashed together everyone’s love of ninjas, samurais, and household pets to come up with Ninja Cats vs. Samurai Dogs [$2.99]. For the price of free, you get nine levels to explore these four, age-old rivalries. Drop the extra $0.99 and you can unlock the full game, with no further IAPs required. Love that...

Gods vs. Humans [$0.99] from developer Microids is confusing. As a mythological and -- let's face it -- complacent god, you watch over the humans laboring on the earth below. The happier they are, the more power you receive. But you get your kicks from destroying the magnificent towers they build toward the heavens, which makes them angry and less devout...

Baby Nom Nom [$0.99] eats its way into my heart with superior level design and a knack for mind-bending puzzling. Developed by Playrise Digital Ltd., this delicious treat is among my favorites as it combines spatial reasoning with time-attack gameplay...

'868-HACK' Review - A Cyber-Roguelike that Excels in Design

868-HACK [$5.99] is: a risky pricing-experiment, a rogue-like, a tightly-designed machine, a Michael Brough game, and an onion…..

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