Genre:  Strategy

Shadowrun Returns Review: And what a return it is

Aug 1, 2013

There's been a fair amount of negative press around Kickstarter and the art of crowdfunding a game recently. We've seen games successfully funded via Kickstarter that have then gone on to receive massive delays; we've seen developers say "we're doing this so that we don't need a publisher!" who have then gone on to immediately use a publisher; we've seen games released with only a small portion of the features that the Kickstarter promised originally; and we've even seen a very small number cancelled outright.

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Game of War - Fire Age Review: United, but too familiar and mundane

Aug 2, 2013

In terms of admirable goals, bringing people from all over the world together is right up near the top. Machine Zone is trying to do that with Game of War: Fire Age, a mobile strategy MMO that really is global in scope. It succeeds in that regard, but it forgot something else that is kind of important: giving all those united people something new and exciting to do.

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rymdkapsel Review: A futuristic strategy sim that draws inspiration from the past

Aug 6, 2013

The space station is densely packed, with cramped corridors leading from the soft blue glow of the energy reactor to the unexpected green of the hydroponic garden.  Crewmen stride along the halls, focused on kitchen duties, construction management, and onboarding new recruits.  An alarm rings out twice; all of the crewmen abandon their tasks and report to weapons stations.  In a perfectly coordinated laser gun attack, they obliterate an invading alien ship, then return to work.  This has been one minute in rymdkapsel.

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Rivals at War: 2084 Review: Or rather, Space Marine Manager 2084

Aug 7, 2013

I tend to have a routine before I write a review. I’ll read the game’s description in the App Store, check out any previews online, and learn a bit about its prequel. With Rivals at War 2084,I simply looked at a couple screenshots, downloaded the game, and went on my way. I expected an action-packed shooter with team building elements. My ignorant assumption was wrong, and I’m far happier because of it.

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Worms 3 Review: Ready the Old Woman attack!

Aug 8, 2013

You know the drill, sergeant: those ruthless worm soldiers have returned in Worms 3, and they’re taking to the battlefields at every Beach, Farm, and Sewer in what will undoubtedly become the definitive mobile version of Worms today. And while a few repetitive elements unavoidably manage to set in amidst all of the small-scale carnage, the sprawling arsenal, intriguing advent of trading cards, and healthy multitude of game modes still make this one mobile war you’ll be telling your little grandchildren worms about one day.

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Champs: Battlegrounds Review: Not so much the champion of plentiful features

Aug 8, 2013

Synchronous multiplayer games have long had a love-hate relationship with mobile. While the bulk of successful mobile multiplayer titles have been turn-based, occasional games (such as Solstice Arena) have managed to break free from those confines and find success. Champs: Battlegrounds is the newest game to break free from the turn-based mobile gameplay and offer both real-time multiplayer and a fresh take on the tactical RPG genre.

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Jungle Heat Review: Welcome to the oh-so-familiar-looking jungle

Aug 15, 2013

I'm going to come right out and say it: My.com's Jungle Heat offers almost nothing that makes it a fresh or original experience. Outside of the jungle theme, it's hard to find any way that it stands out among the competition. That said, its lack of originality doesn't make it a bad game. While it will likely be lost amongst more prolific strategy titles, Jungle Heat makes for one of the genre's most accessible entry points for Android gamers.

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VEGA Conflict Review: Not your typical Facebook confrontation

Aug 16, 2013

Production values aren't everything, but all the same, it's hard not to do a double take when you boot up Vega Conflict and find yourself confronted with a well-voiced and decently animated cutscene. Here, such attention seems to suggest, is a social strategy game for Facebook among the legions of tired clones that's actually worth playing. For the most part, that's true. Vega Conflict may tread similar ground as KIXEYE's previous hit, Battle Pirates, but it handles the transition to space with panache.

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Ben 10 Slammers Review: Slamming enemy aliens, and most of the competition too

Aug 24, 2013

I hate to start a review by being slightly egotistical, but I’m the parent of two daughters. That means that Ben 10 is something that exists for me peripherally, as a thing some of the boys they know are into. Collectible Card games, well, let’s say I’m on firmer ground. And now there’s a CCG for Ben 10, Ben 10 Slammers, and here I am reviewing it.

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Polycraft Review: Where the Wildlings are

Sep 9, 2013

Polycraft combines the simplicity of browser-based gaming with the depth of a persistent strategy world.  While the game is entirely controllable by mouse, actions are not limited: players will gather resources, build bases, and take direct part in fast-paced battles that require both forethought and a twitchy trigger finger.  After a lengthy and productive beta period, Polycraft is now openly free-to-play via Turbulenz on the Chrome Apps Store.  A few rough edges remain, but its world has been highly polished, providing players a beautiful—yet dangerous—island habitat to play with.

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