iPad Game Review by TheiPhoneAppReview.com
Reviewed by Luke Patrick
Today, SquirrelWarz , from IGORLABS LLC, managed quite an achievement here at TheiPhoneAppReview.
SquirrelWarz is simultaneously inventive and adorable at the same time. That’s a big deal, and as far as we’re aware, a first here on the site.
You see, this action-packed real-time strategy game for the iPad is not only a hoot to play, it also happens to be absolutely, wonderfully cute. With a one dollar price tag added onto that, there’s no reason not to give it a try.
So without further ado, skip below the break for our full review of this nut-themed action title for the iPad.
Concept and Gameplay
If you’ve ever played a real-time strategy game (often abbreviated RTS) before, then you know what to expect here. However, before going any further, the title has not led you astray: The entire game is centered around squirrels and their struggles for precious, woodland resources. You’ll need to direct your own, personal, furry army to victory, or otherwise suffer defeat.
How do you vanquish thine foes? You’ll start by creating gathering units that visit nearby trees for sustenance. They’ll take all this back to the main tree, and with enough coin in the pocket—or nuts in the tree—you can upgrade to infantry and warrior units. These are much more combat focused, and can be used to assault enemy players.
SquirrelWarz iPad Game
However, you’ll be spending less time roaming around the map than you might think. Instead, you’ll often be defending your home tower from invading enemies. In this way, the game is remarkably like a typical resource-heavy RTS, but it also shares a lot with tower defense titles.
Combine the two, and evidently the combination is downright hilarious. It helps that SquirrelWarz never properly forgets its a game about tiny woodland creatures: There’s an appropriate level of goofiness, as you might expect.
Design and Graphics
Often when we see that an application has hand made graphics, we assume someone could paint well and just wanted to make an app. SquirrelWarz is the rare exception, though. It truly offers gorgeous animations, smooth graphics, and luscious environments—all with a unique hand-crafted water color feel.
It’s a brilliant effect, and one that goes hand-in-hand with the goofy premise. Then again, the gameplay is also remarkably deep for what you’re getting. With several different missions and difficulties, this isn’t your grandmother’s squirrel-war simulator.
SquirrelWarz is an absolutely effortless recommendation, as well as one of our favorite new games of the year. It’s not as feature rich as you might want, nor is it as stone-faced as something like Age of Empires. But then again, it’s easily the best squirrel-based game we’ve seen in a while—and that’s worth quite a lot.
SquirrelWarz requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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