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Review: Total Domination: Nuclear Strategy (Facebook)

Ah, the ever-growing popularity of Facebook games. Love ’em or hate ’em, they’re taking the online strategy world by storm – in fact, browser titles have seen a slight but steady decline in logged users over the past 12 months since developers like Zynga and titles in beloved Travian-style have revolutionized the scene. Marrying the best (or worst) of both networking-and-gaming worlds into a system that effectively serves up (some) high-quality games to Facebook-ers by the millions shows no signs of stopping, and being the trend-whores that we are, we’re taking a look at one such popular Facebook strategy title, Total Domination: Nuclear Strategy. …Let’s Get Social!…

Review: Heroes of Newerth (PC)

Ah, tower defense. Sweet tower of love. Dig it or hate it, the genre of online strategy games has become a mainstay in the browser enthusiast’s arsenal – and a popular request from readers to write reviews for. Personally, I find these titles can grow very boring very quickly, especially when taking into account the ever-growing number of super simple and super addictive TD titles like Gemcraft and Bubble Tanks. In short, it’s tough to make a TD OSG stand out. Enter Heroes of Newerth, the latest from S2 and built around the existing Defense of The Ancients. I’ll say it right now: if you aren’t a WoW fan, you aren’t going to enjoy Heroes of Newerth. Thankfully, the inverse also applies.
…Dive In…

Review: Atlantica Online

Back to Breasts. Er, basics. The latter is my approach to Atlantica Online: this is one title that will have you howling with old-school strategy gaming bliss. I’m talking gasmstatus. Ndoors, the developer of this title have taken the best in turn-based combat tactics, threw in some deliciously mystical fantasy questing and sprinkled in just the right amount of PvP to keep mainstream, old school strategy players mostly thrilled. I played past twenty hours, which is rare for me. Read on for Micah’s take on Atlantica online.
…Dive In…

Review: BattleForge (PC)


Big kahuna. That’s the term I’d use in trying to describe mega-developer EA’s MMO/TCG foray into the wild west of play4free OSG titles: but BattleForge left me wanting. If you haven’t heard of this title, try to imagine a turn-based-slash-real-time strategy offshoot of Battleship meets Magic: The Gathering. With cards. Intruiged? I’ll say off the bat that BattleForge had me salivating in the first few hours I spent flirting with her, but the date turned card-sour on day two.
…Read On…

Mini-Contest III

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Just to kick things up a notch, I wanted to do another quick contest. All you have to do is post a comment filling in this sentence: “You know you’ve been playing ____ too much when…” Insert your favourite online strategy game into the blank, finish it off, and you’re done. Next Wednesday I’ll pick my favourite and the winner will get €15 of virtual currency for their game, whether it be Ikariam, Aloriah, Edgeworld, or even Zynga Poker. Entries will be judged based on humour, cleverness, applicability, and, most importantly, how much I like them. Feel free to enter as many times as you want!

Cheers,
Oliver

Review: Oil Rush (Browser)

Seasoned strategical gamers often fall into one of two camps: land or sea. This isn’t a solid rule. Some adore both – I don’t. In Oil Rush however, we don’t get much of a choice! Resource gathering, soldier exploration, building construction, map expansion: it’s all better on land to this kid! Oil Rush is trying to shift your perception of this, and although it has its flaws, Oil Rush is a decently executed display of graphical prowess. Unfortunately its real-time somewhat-tactical strategy angle leaves something to be desired. Drill on!

Review: Romadoria (Browser)

Another day, another OSG set in Greco-Roman antiquity. I wasn’t exactly thrilled about spending a healthy amount of time with yet another one of these seemingly identical copies, but we decided to give Romadoria a fair chance. Blackmoon Games peddles Romadoria as an outlet to expand your city and expand your empire by sending your legions to plunder enemy cities. Nothing new here, but if you’re the type that can’t get enough empire-building, ancient history-creating action, read on and sear your virility into the marble of history! RAH!
…Sear Me!…

Review: Soul Master (RTS-OSG)

I’ve been hunting for a real-time strategy title to review for a while now. My options were there – Final Fantasy XIII was the clear choice, for obvious reasons – but finding an online, browser-based strategy platform with real-time management and sequencing wasn’t quite as clear. Enter Soul Master, created by German free2play developer Gamigo and ported to the North American market by GamesCampus. Gamigo has a huge portfolio of f2p games that aren’t worth talking about – but it really doesn’t matter. Soul Master is mission based, and it’s one of the only RTS-OSG browser titles we’ve found in recent weeks worthy of review. Hold on to your butts – this clock’s a tickin!

…Read On…

Eternal War

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Hello readers! Dipping my toes back in to the world of online strategy games. I’ll start by sharing a few links.

The Eternal War! This meme has been circling the internet lately and of course got my attention. In short, Lycerius has been playing the same game of Civilization II off and on for the last ten years. It’s reached a point where there are three superpowers, locked in an eternal stalemate, with most of the world laid to waste by nuclear war. It’s a very interesting subject, and even has its own subreddit. There’s more!

Review: Wargames 1942

So if you’re anything like me, you dig non-fiction historical titles set in relatively recent history (as opposed to antiquity). None of the ancient nonsense, no imaginary creatures or monsters to distory your sense of reality, just good old red-blooded men dukin’ it out – up close and personal – until the bloody bitter end. With Nazis (that’s pronounced nat-sees). Wargame 1942 is a decade old – but stay with me – has kept up with us in its old age, which is why I’ve decided to spend some quality time with ‘er and review it. Set in the European terrains and battle grounds of WWII, Wargame 1942 gives you the power of commanding the development of bases, armies and navies / militaries, war technology and new strategy developments and even diplomatic powers to survive and command and conquer those Central Powers bastards – or the Allies, if your heart is made of poison gas.
…Carry On, Soldior…