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…
Another day, another dollar – er, another strategy game! Today we’re taking a look at Renations, a pure-browser strategy game set in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Not the most original premise, but hey, radiation sells. After ‘The Great Disaster,’ a global thermonuclear plant explosion that leaves large sections of Earth shaken and disorganized, a secret society of politicians and ungodly wealthy no-gooders saw an opportunity to turn the nations against one another. Nukes followed, and eventually the entire globe was consumed in a nuclear winter, uninhabitable for thousands of years, until now. The year is 2012, and four factions have risen from the ashes. What happens between these factions is where the game takes place. Interested? Fuck yes you are. Read on for our bits & bobs, kids.
…Bits & Bobs…
Welcome, brave soldior. As a member of the strategy-game-craving masses, you’ve likely seen a few epic iOS strategizers here and there. If you’re anything like me, an unabashed outer-space geek, you most definitely have a creamy spot for genre classics like Master of Orion. If all of that rings true, and you have an iOS device, hold on tight – we’re going in deep with 9 Colonies. Dive in
Chances are you’ve heard of Bungie Studios. They created Halo for the original X-Box. Yeah. From a creepy one bedroom apartment housing two dudes, to a fully-loaded game studio stuffed full of free snacks. From freedom to indentured servitude and back to freedom again (but still with some indentured servitude). I like these guys. Enter Crimson: Steam Pirates for iOS. I eagerly downloaded Crimson: Steam Pirates in a food-induced Christmas Coma last week. And? This may be the best iOS game I’ve ever played. Read on!
We’re making good on our promise to bring you more mobile reviews more frequently, and our latest has arrived: Kingdoms at War, an MMOSG/MMORPG that claims to be the largest and most actively played MMORPG for iPhone / iPod Touch. Does KaW live up to its self-proclaimed hype? Read on, soldier.
The Ikariam World War is going well, though much differently than expected.
At first I sent my forces out east to help some members and we were pretty successful. We had a hilareous battle where someone tried to liberate a town we were occupying, but neglected to send any wall-breaching units so just splattered 1,000 front line units against the wall.
Action soon grew dull in the area though, so I headed back west. A very strong player, LoCarb, was occupying one of my allies’ towns. I went to assist. Things weren’t looking good, but we finally killed all his flanking units and managed to win the day. Since then we have been scouring the area, picking off anyone we can. We found another player, Tom, who had a military to match my own, but he had left his navy divided across all his towns. My armada had an easy time sailing from town to town picking him off. We’re actually raging against the last of his army right now.
An interesting aspect of this world war is that it’s turned out much more defensive than I would have thought. In a normal war, there are dozens of players who are so far from the combat that there’s no need to worry about defending their own towns and they simply send their entire force to the front line. But now, since an attack could theoretically come from anywhere, many players seem to be keeping some of their troops at home.
There are still over two more weeks of war left, and there are definitely some large battles taking place. After I clear my immidiate area of potential threats I’ll be looking forward to joining them.