Traditionally, videogamers can be put into one of two categories: casual or hardcore. The casual gamer plays socially or for short periods at a time, while the hardcore gamer plays frequently and usually to completion. Some iOS games, like Angry Birds, appeal to both camps, offering short segments of gameplay but with depth, achievements, and leaderboards to satisfy the hardcore crowd. That’s where Crescent Moon’s Siegecraft aims, and that’s right where it hits.
Siegecraft doesn’t feature cute, colorful birds and pigs. It shuns cartoonish sound effects and two-dimensional graphics. Siegecraft instead offers the endless warring of knights, vikings, and samurai in a three-dimensional world. You have several weapons at your disposal, and you’re given several objectives to achieve.
‘Splosions and gibs.
The basics of each level are simple. You control one or multiple weapons– a crossbow, a catapult, or a trebuchet– which are operated like the slingshot in Angry Birds, by pulling across the touch screen and then releasing. Siegecraft requires a precise touch for certain shots, but it walks you through the basics so you’ll feel like a pro by the time the game gets tough.
The crossbow can fire in a straight line and has the quickest firing speed, while the catapult launches in an arch and is capable of traveling greater distances. The trebuchet is the ultimate weapon, but you must unlock it by completing other levels and earning in-game coins.
The Bridges of Siegecraft County.
Your objectives in each level vary. At times you may need to destroy a certain number of enemy troops. Other times, you may need to defend your own army or destroy enemy strongholds. There are different worlds as well, which nicely mixes up the environments. At first, you will begin in vast green fields, leading your army of knights against the dreaded vikings, but then you’ll move to the mountains to fight the samurai using zeppelins. You can even get your friends in on the Siegecraft craziness with turn-based multiplayer, which is a lot of fun.
Siegecraft has a surprising amount of depth. It’s not a freemium game, but upgrading your weapons or buying explosives to use against your enemy costs a good deal of coins. You earn coins by completing each level, and if you turn off the game’s aim-assist you’ll earn even more. However, this in-game reward system isn’t enough for you to afford the really awesome upgrades, unless you’re willing to devote loads of time and become a Siegecraft wizard.
It’s difficult to dislike a game like Siegecraft. It appeals to the casual gamer with short levels and intuitive gameplay, but the hardcore gamer will want to collect three stars on each level and grab the highest of high scores. The graphics are gorgeous and look wonderful on whatever device you use. The war between knights and vikings and samurai is on, and you’ll want to be a part of it.