I used to play a game on the PocketPC called Cities, which I took to be a stripped down version of Carcassonne, especially since the tiles were taken directly from the Carcassonne tile library. While Cities would actually make a good mini-game for Carcassonne, Carcassonne has so much more to offer. I never would have guessed that a tile based city building board game could be so strategic, but even the solitaire mode pretty much gets the best of me. It’s especially compelling because there is no combat involved, which is unusual for what amounts to a turn-based strategy game. The slow pace might be a bit daunting for some, but slow pace is right up my alley these days. Continue reading…
As if the glorious Conquest wasn’t enough, board-game mongering EA will bring out an official RISK strategy game this summer. Its name? (cue drumroll) RISK (end drumroll… I said end it dammit!). In case you were wondering, you’ll be able to demolish Ukraine with up to 5 other players in WiFi, Bluetooth and everyone’s finger-print smudging favourite: pass ‘n play. EA reckon they’ve got a great soundtrack to accompany the entire thing, something I look forward to testing myself. The release date is somewhat of a secret unless you can suss its debut by the word ‘summer’.
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Real-time strategy games have had an extremely bumpy ride on the iPhone and iPod Touch. To date, not one developer has been able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that comfortable play is even possible for an RTS game on the iPhone. The closest one was probably COMMAND & CONQUER™ RED ALERT™ (TMA Review), which, unfortunately, still left a lot to desire in the interface department. And recently a new contender stepped on the arena – Land Air Sea Warfare. Can it succeed where many others have failed?
Truth be told, the first thing I took care of when I purchased my own iPad was to get a copy of Plants vs. Zombies HD. I snuck out on lunch break from work and after buying my iPad, I made a beeline for the nearest Wifi spot and downloaded the game straightaway. By the time I got back to the office, I was proudly showing off my very first acquisition, and my colleagues were just as eager as I was to give this baby a test drive.
Feel free to discuss Plants vs Zombies HD in our forums.
With such an abundance of Tower Defense games on the App Store, it’s getting increasingly hard to stand out from the crowd. That said however, MIKADO DEFENDERS doesn’t have that problem – this latest title stands out on the publisher name alone. The legendary TAITO Corporation, previously known on the iDevice platform mostly for their reiterations of the classic franchises like SPACE INVADERS (TMA Review) and ARKANOID (TMA Review), has finally graced us with a title originally designed for the iPhone. Ooooh, I just can’t wait!
I must’ve spent ages on Transport Tycoon Deluxe back in the day – I still consider it one of the best tycoon games ever made and certainly the best transportation one. Apparently I’m not the only one to feel like that, hence the OpenTTD project that recently went to version 1.0.0 after about 6 years in development. It is a complete cross-platform remake of the original with lots of added features, huge maps, new vehicles, industries, and much more.
Why am I writing all of this here? Well, because the TMA’s prolific pal: ZodTTD, has already released a FREE port of OpenTTD on the iPAD! I know some of you may have grabbed a previous version of OpenTTD for the iPhone but lets face it – the controls simply didn’t work for the small screen and the overall experience was terrible. With the larger screen real estate of the iPad it looks god damn amazing – I wish I had one already! So if you’re a fan of tycoon games and already a lucky owner of an iPad – what are you waiting for?
ZodTTD, OpenTTD for iPad – Free
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The unholy union between FreeAppaDay and Last Front: Europe is a bad one, but in a good way. Last Front: Europe is a solid Tower Defence title with a few great augments to the genre including: movable towers and unlimited user-created maps for download. If you are too lazy to read TMA’s Last Front: Europe review, here’s the gist: GRAB!
Anyway, it’s free, so strap on your cannons and blast the baddies into 1939!
Plow Digital, LLC, Last Front: Europe – Free (for a day)
Back in September a company, previously known only for a simple arcade-type game, released a new Tower Defense game that went relatively unnoticed – Comets and Craters. Little did they know that this was actually the first step to spawning a new subgenre that finally brought to us the excellent Space Station: Frontier. Now, about half-a-year later, how does it match up to the other contenders to the TD throne?
It seems at least some developers realised that there is no more room in the arena of classic Tower Defense games at the AppStore and decided to put some creativity in their titles. One of the more recent releases is the zombie-themed, BioDefense: Zombie Outbreak. Developer Resolution Interactive AB claim that BioDefense will revolutionise iDevice strategy gaming.
World War II, while one of the most tragic periods in mankind’s history, has been a constant source of inspiration for game developers. On the iPhone, however, noteworthy WWII titles are still somewhat rare. But an underdog has sprung up lately promising to offer an interesting experience. I am talking, of course, about Last Front: Europe – a WWII Tower Defence game. Feel free to discuss this review of Last Front: Europe in our forums.