Chromian Wars: iPhone Video App Review
If you’ve ever had the urge to turn your desktop into a battle ground, Christmas may be coming early this year. The freshest gaming title from indie startup Miralupa puts you smack dab in the middle of a color-coded war. Chromian Wars may sound like just another real time tank strategy game, but this iPhone app has a couple of trick up its sleeves that may just change the way you game forever.
Concept & Gameplay:
Somewhere along the way, red, blue and green got into a bit of a tiff, and now it’s time to sort it all out on the battle field. Wielding a force of pint sized tanks, it’s your job to battle through color-coded campaigns (in the story section) or go head to head in epic fights in battle mode.
That’s enough to make for a pretty fun game. But that’s just scratching the surface. Utilizing a new gaming style called MARGE™ (Multiplayer Augmented Reality Gaming Experience), Chromian wars allows you to use your surroundings to create unique battle fields and a cool QR code to unlock multiplayer battles. The result? Something new for iOS gaming: a true augmented reality, multiplayer gaming experience
We do need to warn you that this app is still a work in progress. That means that maneuvering and playing can be a bit challenging at times. Despite occasional hang ups, Chromian Wars is a lot of fun and has a lot of potential as developers at Miralupa work out the kinks.
In Chromian Wars there are multiple methods of movement (either joystick or touch to move) and a huge range of heavy artillery to fight with. Our biggest functionality complaints are with the movement mechanism. Sometimes the joystick works quite well, while other times it responds lethargically. While we appreciate the reality of damanged tanks moving more slowly, once you’re health hits 15 percent or so, you can’t move an inch. You’re basically a sitting duck waiting to get blown up without a fighting chance. It’s extremely frustrating.
The touch to move interface is tricky, since a touch on the screen also means target to shoot. It was too easy to confuse the game, causing frustrating gameplay and movement.
If you want to play Chromian Wars in AR mode you must print out a game marker and keep it in constant focus. Without the market AR mode is useless and we were surprised there wasn’t an option to do simple single player AR mode. However, you can always play the game on a standard grey background, so no worries if you’re sans printer.
The idea behind Chromian Wars is impressive and the price is definitely right (right now Chromian Wars is available for free in the iTunes app store). With a little bit of work this game will be a heavy hitter thanks to MARGE technology and the unquestionable fun of real time tank strategy gameplay. But for now, with all the iPhone app’s glitches in mind, we give it 3.5 stars overall. This is definitely an app you ‘ll want to keep your eye on, so we suggest getting it now while the price is right and following it’s improvements very closely.
Chromian Wars iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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