Crystal War Blood Field: The Best of Both (Strategy) Worlds

Price: $1.99

Crystal War Blood Field: iPhone App Written Review

Crystal War Bloodfield for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

To be honest, we’re suckers for any game that involves heavy amounts of strategy, orcs, and explosions. With that in mind, it’s like the good folks at Digital Frog saw us coming with their latest strategy offering for both the iPhone and iPad, Crystal War Blood Field. The app is a near perfect mix of several though-based genres, adding one parts tower defense to ten parts real-time strategy game. We have our complaints about the graphics, but if you’re looking for a killer single player or online way to flex your strategic muscles, Crystal War Blood Field is the perfect option. For our full thoughts on this strategy-soaked title, check below beyond the break!

Concept and Gameplay

As mentioned, the concept at work beneath Crystal War Blood Field is somewhere directly between a real time strategy game and a tower defense title. On one hand, the player must leverage the creation of troops as well as the collection of resources (those pesky crystals mentioned in the title) making the game a square effort in RTS territory. However, the side-scrolling look of the app, as well as the “Heroes,” which function like towers complete with hit-points, make the game more of a castle defense. And across the board, the player is given coins and other upgrades to increase the power and resilience of his troops, also making Crystal War Blood Field an RPG, to a degree. But no matter how you slice it, the game is a sheer blast. The title has players pitting their concocted troops against one another in this creative manner, and with the option to either play online or via campaign, there’s more than enough content to keep a gamer happy for hours and hours to come.

Graphics and Design

Crystal War Bloodfield for iPhone

Crystal War Bloodfield for iPhone

It’s obvious that a lot of effort has gone into making Crystal War Blood Field the game it is, in terms of upgrades and units. There’s a wealth of both, and though we apprecaite the complexity, we do wish the graphics themselves were slightly more up to date. At its best, Crystal War Blood Field looks like a pixelated version of Maple Story with an heavy Warhammer influence. At its worst, the game just looks blocky. We tend to like titles that use an 8-bit motif as an homage, but here we feel Crystal War Blood Field would be better served by a more fluid and modern look, especially with so many familiar goblins and humans on the table.

Overall Value

That being said, Crystal War Blood Field provides an unbelievable amount of value for the two dollar price of entry. For the cost of less than one latte, you can enjoy hours of single player madness that’s just as creative as it is fun. Likewise, an entire arena of online play awaits, should you finish the campaign in record time. All in all, Crystal War Blood Field is a must-have for strategy fans, and for dedicated iOS gamers in general.

Crystal War BloodfieldCrystal War Blood Field requires iOS 3.0 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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