All Out War with Lux DLX

Price: $7.99    Score: 7/10    By Steve Greenhalgh Lux DLX

Lux DLX from Sillysoft Games is an iPhone conversion of the old board-game favorite Risk. If strategy games like Risk are your thing, then Lux DLX will be right up your alley.

For those of you who’ve never played played the Risk board game – Risk is a strategic, turn-based game for multiple players, with the end goal being “world domination”.

There are many options in Lux DLX, but we’ll start with the basics. I mainly played the game using the traditional 2D map of the world. As the game starts, you get assigned your armies in different countries (color coded so you know which player’s is which.) The game is played out turn-by-turn, fighting battles against an opponent’s army in a neighboring country. You can fight several different battles on your turn, as long as they are against neighboring countries. After your battles, you can choose to end your turn, or fortify your positions on the map by moving your armies to strategic vantage points within territory that you own.

At the end of a round, you will get a bonus number of armies to place on your territory depending on the amount of  you have conquered. Each continent is worth a certain number of points, so it’s in your interests to try to conquer an important region, such as North America or Europe. The trick is fortifying your position and holding on to these territories until the round is over!

With each round, it is an idea to at least fight and win one battle, even if you only want to fortify. This is because each time you win, you’ll receive a bonus card. Collecting these cards will lead to bumper bonus armies later in the game. If you don’t cash in these cards too early, you’ll be able to get a bigger bonus the longer you hold onto them.

There are a whole load of different maps you can use. Some are small, made-up regions. Some are maps of historical significance, like the Roman Empire or Indus Valley. There are quite a few that come pre-loaded with the game, but there is also the option to download even more.

If you find you’re getting beaten every game, you can change the number of opponents or the enemy AI from Easy to Hard. You can also set your opponents to random or switch to a human player so you can play against your friends.

Despite overall enjoying the game, I did have a couple of problems with Lux DLX. The first being that on some maps, the areas were so small I kept pressing the wrong country by mistake, engaging a much bigger army in battle than I really should have been! You can pinch to zoom and swipe to scroll, but I always tend to take the lazy route and try and play full screen. The second was the fact that I couldn’t find how to end a game once I’d started playing. I either had to see out the game, which can take quite a while on the bigger maps, or I had to quit the application and go back in to start afresh.

Despite these minor problems, Lux DLX really is a good game. Great for the nostalgic among you who can remember the board game marathons. For those of you who haven’t played the board game before and have global domination on your mind, give it a go. It may be one of the more expensive games, but a lot of thought has gone into the game, and it has a lot of options to keep you coming back for more.

Lux DLX requires the iPhone 2.1 software update and is compatible with both the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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