Galaxy Empire: iPhone App Video Review
We’re always looking for fun and exciting online games to smash away at on our iPhone and iPad. Thankfully, the good lads at Tap4Fun know our struggles, and have offered up the free online title Galaxy Empire, a cross between classic cardboard-studded Risk and modern StarCraft games. We’re wholly enamored with what the app has to offer, and if it weren’t for prior commitments (like a job, kids, spouse, etc.) we might just spend our universe-treading life playing it. For our full thoughts on this sci-fi wonder, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
As mentioned, the gameplay of Galaxy Empire itself is somewhere between a classic strategizing board game and a modern RTS. The game bears an undeniable StarCraft influence, if even just in the looks, but we’re pleased to say that the functionality itself is definitively not a simple clone, as GameLoft might have created. Rather, the game has players amassing resources on individual planets, and then using those resources to purchase various structures. These structures can then be upgraded, or used to research more advanced technologies. The chain continues as players purchase fleets, ships, and more buildings. It’s nothing new, but as game mechanics go, it’s just as addictive as you might hope it would be.
However, the game becomes more like Risk when the online aspect ways in. The game is tied to a network of thousands of other players, each of whom control their own planets. As players expand and acquire more systems to put their name on, clashes inevitably occur. This can be frustrating at times, but for the most part, the threat of annihilation and the glory of victory are so satisfying as to be difficult to describe. There’s even an alliance portion that allows users to gang up and form unions in much the same way that guilds add a camaraderie to World of Warcraft. All in all, it’s a stellar (no pun intended) offering, and one we loved playing.
Design and Graphics
Thankfully, we were equally as floored by the game’s graphics and design as we were with the gameplay. Everything has been touch optimized for maximum usability, and there were several game functions we found particularly useful. The upgrades system is easy to manage, and we were big fans of the ability to manage resource gathering at the percent level. At the end of the day, the game comes with more upgrades, ships, and complexities than can be mentioned: A huge point in Galaxy Empire’s favor.
Best of all, the app is free in the App Store. There are “dark matter” points that can be purchased to perform actions more rapidly, but on the whole we found no need to buy these otherwise. The game is balanced, wickedly engaging, and entirely addictive. All in all, it earns a solid recommendation from us, as well as our admiration. Well done, lads, well done.
Galaxy Empire requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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