Every once in a while, a game comes along and literally tears down a genre and builds it anew, usually with a bar that is almost impossible to attain. In the genre of RTS that game was Starcraft, released by Blizzard in 1998 and still regarded as one the best strategy games of all time. Sadly, the great Blizzard has not yet graced the iOS with their attention, leaving the gap wide open for would-be upstarts to claim the Starcraft-shaped piece of pie. And unsurprisingly, the first one at it is the prolific Gameloft with Starfront – Collision™.
There is something to be said for a game that withstands the test of time. Originally making its debut in 2003, Warfare Incorporated is among the oldest games in the appstore designed for portable devices. Let’s not mince words – it’s ancient. However, like a fine wine, age is not necessarily a bad thing. Feel free to discuss this review of Warfare Incorporated in our forums.
Blue Defense and Blue Attack! have already earned their rightful place in the iPhone games Hall of Fame. Having been brought to the platform by a small dev team which featured original graphics style and excellent gameplay, they have quickly found their fans and have even seen their games shoot up the best-seller charts. And now Cat in a Box Games have released a sequel/prequel to their earlier titles, one that allows us to look at the conflict from the other side – and in the form of an RTS no less!
Last week, we touched on some of Gameloft’s upcoming iDevice games. One of them was a completely rebuilt port of the critically acclaimed RTS classic ‘The Settlers’ and the good news is that it has arrived at the App Store sooner than expected. Unlike some of the other well established genres (TDs, puzzlers etc), we have yet to see a steady flow of quality and must-have RTSes on the iPhone.
Gameloft, The Settlers, $6.99, 227 MB
In 1992, Westwood’s RTS fascination began with the humble Dune 2 on the MegaDrive which later exploded into the Command & Conquer franchise. Contemporary RTS games look back at Westwood’s re-imagining of the genre, and today, EA debuted Command and Conquer™ Red Alert™ in an iPhone-friendly format complete with a mobile-friendly perspective and tailored HUD menus.
RTS fans rejoice! EA has just sent us word that Command & Conquer Red Alert will be coming to the iDevice, with the expected release date to be in October. In the world of RTS games, Command & Conquer is certainly one of the most influential and popular franchises around, right up there with the ageless classics like Warcraft and Ages of Empires.
Experience real-time COMMAND & CONQUER strategy as the Soviet or Ally factions. Control the battlefield with touch-screen power in up to 12 combat levels. Create and command war squads in realistic environments. Manage supplies with an intuitive combat system, and escalate the game with hi-tech weapons you develop.
While quality RTSes are slowly (but surely) making their way to the iPlatform, I have yet to play an RTS on the iPhone that I would consider a must have for the genre. There’s no doubt that if EA have covered their bases and done a good job in the controls and gameplay department, Red Alert will be a massive hit at the App Store. For now, check out the in-game screenshots and more info after the break!
Quantum Collapse is humbly dubbed by its creator, “the best RTS game for Iphone”, and it may well be, depending on how well-done you like your war games. Rather than the mystical RTS championed by Warcraft and others of its ilk, Quantum Collapse is characterised by hard machined lines: guns, missiles and explosions which were pioneered in the genre’s most prolific forefather of them all: Dune II, and its clone, Command and Conquer. Owing more to Grand-dad, Quantum Collapse faces you, the Administrator, with the challenge of saving humanity from the fearsome alien race, the Haha.
Unlike the Tower Defense genre, iDevice gamers have yet to be bombarded with RTS (Real Time Strategy) titles. Perhaps the most notable thus far are ‘Warfare Incorporated‘ – the first real RTS to hit the App Store, ‘Rise of Lost Empires‘ – Gameloft’s answer to a mobile Warcraft and ‘Ancient Tribes‘ – CDE’s sleeper hit that is suprisingly fun with deep gameplay. Now, you can add Javier Davalos’ Quantum Collapse to the mix of quality RTSes for your iPhone/Touch.
Quantum Collapse : The definitive Real Time Strategy game for the iPhone and iPod touch has arrived!
A TRUE RTS GAME FOR THE IDEVICE: Quantum Collapse is UNQUESTIONABLY the best RTS for the platform, providing hours and hours of unmatched gaming. The richly varied missions provide a unique encounter and environment for each level. Epic Battles, Hero missions, super weapons, units with unique powerups are just some of the detail you’ll find in Quantum Collapse.
Quantum Collapse does indeed look very promising and could very well be what RTS fans have been waiting for. Not only is the game on sale for the introductory price of $3.99, but Javier says that skirmish modes and multiplayer will make there way into future updates. TouchMyApps will be working on our review of Quantum Collapse shortly, so be sure to check back right here. In the meantime, whet your appetite with some impressive footage of Q.C in action while all hell breaks loose. Hells Yeah.
There’s nothing quite like coming to a new world or city, to find out it hasn’t been developed yet. Welcome to Westward pardner! You are among the first settlers in the West!! While this may be a port of a PC game from a few years back, it’s still a whole lot of fun! Most importantly, it really is implemented very well on the iDevice thanks to its touch screen. But we’ll get to that in a bit…