Arena Tactics: iPhone App Written and Video Review
Here at the iPhone App Review, we really like strategy games. Especially if they come with an heaping helping of trolls, elves, or other such wizardry. This is why we’re particularly fond of a new release in the App Store titled Arena Tactics by developer Psionic Games. The app shows a lot of promise, and though we think it needs a serious amount of work before it hits the big-time, there’s never been a better moment to jump on board. For our full review and extended thoughts on Arena Tactics, simply scroll on down below the break!
Concept and Gameplay
At its core, Arena Tactics is a tried-and-true traditional strategy game with roleplaying twists. The app takes a lot of inspiration from classic titles to come before it, offering a lot of standard material: You’ll get turn-based move-to-attack commands, as well as a full bevy of player characters, each with their own strategies and powers. You’ll also get a full roster of battlegrounds spanning all the usual Lord of the Rings inspired locations. None of this is a bad thing, though: It’s a good old fashioned hark back to yesteryear, and we like it a lot.
The gameplay is, as mentioned, turn-based, and requires you to understand your units and use them effectively. Out of the nine included heroes, there’s enough variety to sustain true strategy: We’re quite happy about this, as it’s often one of our first concerns with a title like Arena Tactics. You can also equip your heroes with items you collect, allowing for even more customization. And with local, online and ranked multiplayer, we don’t think you’ll be straining for chances to test your Arena Tactics mettle. All in all, it’s a solid gameplay package.
Design and Graphics
That being said, the graphics are far from what we might call good. They’re not necessarily bad, but rather a strange combination of hand-drawn sprites and retro images. If it were more clearly a retro-focused style, we could live with it: As is, though, the game looks simply amateurish. A good few hours with a fresh design board would do Arena Tactics a lot of good, especially as the core structure and unit types contained within are spot-on. There are no balancing issues here, and if only the app looked prettier, it could really draw in a crowd.
Another notch in the app’s favor is its price. It’s completely free in the App Store, which is a tremendous boon for most. You can purchase additional heroes for a nominal fee, but overall, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.
With that in mind, we fully expect the looks and appeal of Arena Tactics to improve with time. If you’d like to ensure you get the app for free, go ahead and download it! You’ll be along for (what we assume) will be a rather splendid ride.
Arena Tactics 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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