Hatcher: Written iPhone App Review
Hatcher, just released from indie developer Brokenhaus Studios, is a unique strategy game for iOS. Featuring turn-based, competitive multiplayer in a fantasy setting, Hatcher looks to shake things up in the strategy gaming realm of iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch!
Hatcher is partly the result of a successful Kickstarter project, in which the 2 people behind Brokenhaus Studios were able to raise over $10,000 for their fantasy game app. In Hatcher, players compete online to raise an army of monsters and capture all the crystal shards before the other players can. Each player starts out with a city, collects different eggs to ‘hatch’ (hence the name) monsters and creatures to use in their army. They then must explore, conquer cities, form alliances, backstab, and more, all while pursuing the goal of the collecting all the famous shards. Gamers aren’t exactly forced into combat, although this does play heavily into the game (exploration is also an important part and can be focused on instead of combat). It has asynchronous multiplayer, meaning you take turns at the same time others take their turns (simultaneous turns). This is my preferred method of turn-based strategy gaming and it’s great to see it used in Hatcher. I really like the concept behind Hatcher, how it plays out on iOS, and the inspiring design story behind it-two college friends designed it with the help of a Kickstarter-awesome!
Appearance and Layout:
Hatcher features a beautiful and very, very unique art style. Most of the artwork is from artist SamanthaBroccoli (Gallery), is handdrawn on a drawing tablet, and really stands out. It’s not the usual vector-based, Angry Birds style cartoon graphics. Rather, it probably has more in common with fantasy games like Magic: The Gathering. The game’s layout definitely takes a little bit to get used to, but if you take the time to sit down with it and actually work through it, you’ll find it is very playable. All in all, a very nicely designed app from a graphics design and layout point of view!
Hatcher is offered free on iOS. However, should you wish to spend some real money to boost your city, you can purchase gem packs. These range from $0.99 to $19.99 and can help you out in game. However, I feel the developer’s don’t force you to purchase these and you can still enjoy Hatcher without ’em. We need more unique, multiplayer games like Hatcher on iPad and iPhone-it’s great to see this one being released successfully! Go ahead and hit up iTunes for Hatcher and its wonderful fantasy boardgame challenge today!
Hatcher iPhone app requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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