WaterWars: iPhone Written App Review
The new WaterWars iPad game from SpinIsland combines elements of classic pencil and paper gameplay and wide screen water battle action. This game is a lot of fun and, thanks to a few playing options, the kind of app you’ll want to play again and again. If you think you’re ready to take on the competition on the high seas, our iPad app review of WaterWars can help launch your rise to victory.
WaterWars is modeled after a classic table top game, sometimes referred to as Paper Wars, or simply War on paper. In WaterWars you control a fleet of vehicles, some aquatic, some air born. The idea is to flick them at your opponent’s vehicles. If you flick with the proper amount of accuracy and either land on or run your pieces over the dot at the center of your opponent’s pieces, their vehicles blow up. The person with the last game piece standing is the victor.
Of course, it’s a bit more complicated than it sounds. There are islands and walls blocking your way, vortexes to shoot you around the board and you can’t just run over the pieces, you have to be super precise and go directly over the center dot of each piece to take it out of commission. We wish they’d loosen up that accuracy just a bit, because even grade-A flickers might end up dancing in a circle trying to take out the competition.
There are two main game modes in WaterWars, a local gameplay option where you pass and play, and a social play option that connects you to gamers worldwide via Game Center. We love apps with Game Center play support. It gives WaterWars a whole other level of awesomeness, and includes unlockable achievements.
As we already mentioned, we wish the gameplay required a little less accuracy, because aiming for the dot can be a bit frustrating. Also, we really wish the game offered an easy mode to get used to seeing the effects of certain kinds of flicks. It’s too easy to be overzealous and run into a wall, so an aiming line or some sort of strength indicator would be great.
The app closed on us once during gameplay, at the end of a local round. But this was an extremely rare occurrence. We’d been playing for some time without any issues. For the most part, we found WaterWars to be extremely solid, especially for a brand new app. The flick interface works really well.
Layout & Design:
The intentionally simple, cartoon-style graphics help link WaterWars to its Paper Wars predecessor. To be honest, there is some complex work here, especially when you start looking at the detail on the planes and boats. A helpful hints menu and other tips and tricks make learning how to play this game easy.
WaterWars is a steal. You can get started with the app’s first level at absolutely no cost. Then if you want to unlock the additional levels (and trust us, you’re going to want to) it’s just $.99 to gain access to everything. According to developers there are more levels in the works, so WaterWars is going to be the kind of app you keep coming back to.
We dig the concept, execution and design of WaterWars. You have nothing to lose so we highly suggest downloading the app free of charge and getting in on the ground level of something special.
WaterWars iPhone app requires iOS 4.0 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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