All's fair in (turtle) love and (turtle) war
Turtles, as everyone knows, are the most dangerous creatures in all the animal kingdom. They may not have fangs or secrete poisonous venom, but they’re more than competent when it comes to handling a rocket launcher. While most of us fear them and that’s that, the folks at eeGon Games have decided to make a game about the shelled deviants. It’s called TurtleStrike, and it’s sure to give you nightmares for weeks.
Typical of the species, the turtles in TurtleStrike are methodical in their warfare. They have to be, if they want to take out the opposition. Each battle consists of two competing teams of ten turtles, and players take turns firing missiles, torpedoes, and the like at the enemy. Victory goes to whoever takes out every turtle on the opposing side first.
It may sound like pure mayhem (and it kind of is), but there’s a whole lot of strategy and depth to the game. Every turtle is allotted one action per turn, and players must choose whether they want to move a turtle or use it to fire upon the enemy. Additionally, squad formation is an important cog in the victory machine, as where your turtles are located dictates how easy (or hard) it will be for your opponent to hit them.
Put another, more cliché way, the game boasts an “easy to learn, difficult to master” ethos. This is strengthened by eeGon’s approach towards in-app purchases: you can buy items that aid you in battle, but never ones that give you a distinct edge over the other player. Cleverly, eeGon describes these items as “sidegrades.”
It may have all the established trimmings of the genre, but this isn’t your average turn-based multiplayer game. TurtleStrike features a system where both players take their turns at the same time, ideally removing the issue of having to wait forever for an opponent to take their turn. I’ve been a victim of countless unfinished matches in iOS games, so it’s nice to see a developer taking a crack at eliminating the problem.
TurtleStrike is set to release in the first quarter of next year. If it looks up your alley, be sure to click the “Follow” button atop this page to be notified when it’s out!