MEG RVO: Strategy + Metal = METAL


Price: Free
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Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Over the years, we’ve had many opportunities to game, rave and otherwise shred it up on our iPad. What we’re saying is, we’ve tried just about every action, adventure or action adventure title out there, especially if it happens to have a bit of strategy thrown in.

This is why we’re so stoked to be looking at MEG RVO, from Skunkwerks Kinetic Industries, today.

MEG RVO is a brilliant new entry into the strategy action field with some inventive units and even better ideas. It’s not a fully-baked work just yet, but with time and a little TLC, it’ll shine like resource crystals.

Concept and Gameplay

To describe MEG RVO, we’re going to have to bake a cake composed of several different classics. For example, you’re going to want to start with Mech Warrior, or some of the older tank warfare games that were more popular in the early 2000s.

This is because you’ll spend most of your time in MEG RVO rolling around in various vehicles called rigs.

These monstrosities are built on the upgrades, components and other purchases you fashion together by playing the game. You’ll need to have an account to do this, but you can also play as a guest if you’d rather.

As you might have guessed, the basic point of all this customizing and building is to destroy thine enemies. Blast them to tiny bits, in fact. In this sense, the game is a lot like Star Craft, or Command and Conquer.

Expect to cleverly use mines, rockets, shields, and all those beautiful upgrades to more efficiently destroy your opponents. Though, unlike a lot of RTS titles, you won’t spend the entire day mining for crystals. And to us, that’s always a perk.

Design and Interface

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So what makes MEG RVO different from its competition? Well, to begin with it’s produced by a dedicated start up team, not a giant production house.

That means units, structures, and rigs are rolling out when they’re finished. When a new idea is created, tested, and perfected, you’ll get an update.

This also means the game is a little unfinished. Honestly, it’s not as bad as we might have expected, given the warnings. In fact, it’s a phenomenally well thought out endeavor, if a bit constrained of one.

And with future updates and more tinkering, you can expect one heck of a lot more material.

Our last complaint, however, is rather annoying. We found the controls a bit tank-like, and somewhat gummy. Perhaps a bit of tightening would help?

Overall Value

So what are the upsides here? To start with, you’ll get a wonderfully inventive and action-packed strategy title. In addition, with a free price tag to start you out, there’s no additional charge.

If you’d like to enjoy an account and all that comes with it, the fees are minimal and support development.

All in all, you’re looking at one of the best new strategy games to emerge on the market in a long time.

MEG RVOMEG RVO requires iOS 7.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.

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