One of my favorite series on iOS, and a fairly underrated one, is Tiny Troopers (Free) from Kukouri Mobile Entertainment and published by Chillingo. The first Tiny Troopers hit in June of 2012 and had you leading a squad of soldiers through many levels of battle, real-time strategy style but without all that base building. It was like a modern homage to Cannon Fodder, and we enjoyed it very much. Then less than a year later a sequel hit, called Tiny Troopers 2: Special Ops (Free). It didn’t rock the boat in terms of a streamlined RTS experience, but offered us more of what we loved in the first game in a shiny new package. We enjoyed that one a lot, too.
Well, there’s a new Tiny Troopers on the horizon, but this time it’s taking the exact opposite approach of the previous games in the series and similar to the just-announced Call of Duty: Heroes it’s taking a page out of the Clash of Clans handbook by focusing heavily on base building, forming alliances with friends and waging war against opponents’ bases online. It’s called Tiny Troopers: Alliance, and as far as these kinds of RTS games go, it does look quite good.
Now, I’ve bee known to enjoy the occasional full RTS game in the past, but I wouldn’t exactly say it’s my favorite genre. That’s what I loved so much about the first two Tiny Troopers games, in that they retained a lot of the strategy of a full RTS but focused on the combat of your squad rather than base building and resource management. As far as Clash of Clans and that particular brand of RTS, I’ve tried many, many times but I just could never get into it. So in that regard, I’m finding it hard to not be disappointed that a new Tiny Troopers game isn’t the Tiny Troopers game I know and love.
On the other hand, fans of Clash of Clans-style games have what appears to be a pretty good take on them with Tiny Troopers: Alliance. It’s said to be hitting the App Store “very soon" so expect to hear more about it in the near future.