Recommended games in Strategy
Beholder - a creepy game about choices and consequences
Beholder is a dark game. And it can be really dark. It’s a game about surveillance, choices, and consequences. In the (possibly not so) distant future surveillance is the norm and the player is a state-appointed monitor of that information. The player is the manager of an apartment building who has been assigned by the state to monitor the residents. The choices made in the game have direct impact on the tenants of the building, if the info is reported. And that’s the main choice in the game. We done, compelling, and voyeuristic and sadistic fun.
Posted May 19, 2017 by Jeff Scott
C.A.T.S.: Crash Arena Turbo Stars -- equal parts Battlebots and cat fight
Not that kind of cat fight. In this cartoon game the player creates an almost Rube Goldberg-esque fighting robot and battles other players creations. In a sort of jousting fashion, each player pushes to destroy the other players robot. This is an interesting departure for Zeptolab, the makers of the Cut The Rope franchise. A foray into the multiplayer world with a quirky, but fun game.
Posted April 20, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Aftershock brings quick play to card battlers
Aftershock is the new title from Wonderspark that came out of the development of Give Me Fuel (soft launched last year). I’ve been watching the development for just about a year and it’s come a long way. The goal was to come up with a tactical / strategy game that could be played on mobile and in short play times. In this version a single player adventure mode has been added that, in a nice twist, uses location data and fitness records to tailor the characters abilities.
If you like strategy games, but hate the long playtimes, give this a shot.
Posted March 16, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Kingdom: New Lands out on mobile, finally
Of all games I’ve played over the past year or more, I’ve played Kingdom and the New Lands expansion the most. I can best describe Kingdom as a one dimensional simulation game. The only way to move on the island is left/right while riding your mount. Along the way recruit troops, build an encampment and walls, defend your encampment, and try to get off the island. Remarkably simple, yet I have over 200 hours into the game, it’s very sticky and repeatable.
I’ve been beta testing the mobile version for a few months now and have come to love it more than the desktop version. I’m not 100% sure I agree with the way progress is saved on mobile (only at the dawn of a new day), but it’s has worked out well to save me a couple times. Well worth the download to see what a sim game can really be on mobile.
Posted March 9, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Escape prison in this open world simulation
The Escapists was a popular PC game that is now out on iOS. In this open world game with more than a little bit of a humor slant, the goal is to escape increasingly difficult prisons. Starting out in a cushy minimum security prison, gather items, craft and trade them to build what’s needed to escape. Each prison presents unique obstacles and there are multiple ways to escape each one. A very repeatable and fun game that works well on mobile. What took so long?
Posted March 7, 2017 by Jeff Scott
Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to Star Wars: Commander
Star Wars: Commander is arguably the best Star Wars game for mobile right now. Yet it seems to be the least appreciated of the three main ones. The other two big ones are just plain boring repetitive gatcha games. While it can be said that Star Wars: Commander takes a lot of inspiration from Clash of Clans, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
If you haven’t given Star Wars: Commander a try yet, now’s a good time to hop in with the new Force Awakens content added including two new characters and a new planet.
Posted December 3, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Rocky Balboa Coaches You in Real Boxing 2 Creed
Vivid Games has released their much anticipated follow up to the awesome Real Boxing. This time round it is branded with the upcoming Rocky franchise spin off, Creed.
The graphics on this game are amazing — partially thanks to the Unreal Engine used. It’s also a very strategic game and not just a button masher like many similar games. Figuring out when to punch, when to guard, and when to charge ahead will be key in conquering this game. Look for open spots and choose the type of punch to fit that hole. Personally, I’m getting destroyed.
Overall a good free to play sports related game, great graphics, a great fit for boxing fans.
Posted November 18, 2015 by Jeff Scott
Templar Battleforce is a Battleforce To Be Reckoned With - Touch Arcade
Touch Arcade takes a long look at Templar Battleforce and loves it enough to give it 4.5/5 stars noting:
Battleforce takes place in the same universe as [Star Trader], but it has its sights set on a different genre. Instead of dealing with groups of ships traveling through the galaxy, Battleforce focuses on the Templar Knights, a group of elite warriors whose job is to protect their charges from anything that threatens them. It’s a turn-based strategy RPG, a genre with no shortage of quality entries on iOS, but it manages to make quite a mark anyway.
… I always get the impression that [Trese Brothers] carefully planned out the details of each of their games. But I feel like this is the first time where the initial execution has matched that design effort for this team, and the results are simply fantastic. Templar Battleforce is an easy recommendation to any strategy fan, even if the setting doesn’t do much for you. If you are into this type of space-faring ooh-rah, on the other hand, you’re going to be on cloud nine.
Posted November 6, 2015 via Touch Arcade