Strategy December 2017
A turn-based strategy set in the Victorian age, created by an independent developer, Tim Conkling. It takes us to a somewhat grotesque version of a British town, based on Charles Dickens’ descriptions, with us playing as a leader of the local thieves’ guild, whose task is to develop his organization and fill its vaults with gold. To achieve this, we must recruit new members to our gang, train them and send on missions like stick-ups, mugging, and assassinations. Infiltrating banks, factories, and other influential institutions is crucial to our success, in addition to building useful structures and researching new technologies – all of this without going broke of course. Antihero offers a huge freedom at expanding our criminal empire. Depending on our preferences, we can concentrate on more discreet activities or turn our organization into a full-fledged assassin’s guild.
Strategy Thursday, 27 July 2017
A real-time strategy game by Polish studio Jujubee, in which you play as a leader of one of the 21st-century nations and do your best in order for the citizens to prosper. Mechanics-wise, Realpolitiks resembles the popular Europa Universalis series, but the game is set in modern times and takes into account the current specifics of politics and reality. The gameplay focuses mostly on managing the country in all the key fields and requires making many strategic and political decisions, which have huge consequences. You have to take care of such things as e.g. internal policy, diplomacy, economics, armed conflicts or espionage. The game emphasizes both the bright and the dark side of power, allowing you to choose your own path of achieving your goals and to decide between doing the right thing and using morally dubious methods.
Prison Architect (AND)
Strategy 12 May 2017
An economic real-time strategy game created by British indie developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect lets you play as a headmaster of a penal facility. Your duties include designing a high-security prison, managing its budged, and providing for the needs of inmates. The authors saw to it that each prisoner had his individual personality and corresponding criminal inclinations. A virtual prison manager has to face such issues as violent behavior among inmates, gang activities, smuggling and contraband, or even mutiny. Prison Architect features very simple top-down 2D graphics.
The Sims 3 (AND)
Simulation 18 December 2010
The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.
Fallout Shelter (AND)
Strategy 13 August 2015
A mobile spin-off to the post-apocalyptic Fallout franchise, accompanying the fourth major installment. In contrast to the main-stream Fallout games this one is a simulation strategy, in which you take on a role of a vault overseer and have to look after its inhabitants. The game has you expand the vault by new rooms, including living quarters, and public facilities, to provide for all needs of your dwellers. You also have to gather supplies, which requires you to send expeditions outside the vault, having previously equipped (or not) your men with weapons and protective gear. Each vault dweller has their own statistics and gains experience, thus unlocking new abilities and equipment.
Motorsport Manager (AND)
Racing 09 February 2015
A sports manager game in which we lead a racing team and try to win a fictional version of Formula 1. The economic system is the basis of the game – if we want to achieve success we have to manage our budget well and have a balance between income and expenses. During the game we can hire new drivers and technicians, research new technologies and upgrades for our race cars as well as find optimal settings for the cars and create schemes for pit-stops. During the races we can set a general tactic and make various decisions, e.g. changing tires during a heavy rain – on one hand our driver can lose precious seconds but on the other hand driving with the old tires can increases the danger of accident drastically. Realism and very good graphics works in favor of the game created by Playsport Games (we don't get any bonuses or special abilities).
The Sims Mobile (AND)
Another mobile installment in the life simulation game series by Electronic Arts. As per tradition, The Sims Mobile focuses on simulating and shaping the lives of your virtual characters. You can choose their appearance, personality, and life goals, from career paths to hobbies. During the game, the Sims' living quarters can be modified by choosing from a wide range of furniture, decorations and accessories, as the game progresses, you unlock additional activities and locations. A certain novelty is the ability to shape the history of whole families. When your character achieves their goals and retires, you can unlock new interests and career paths for next generations. Thus e.g. the grandfather's achievements can inspire his children or grandchildren to choose a similar career path.
Farming Simulator 18 (AND)
Simulation 06 June 2017
Another installment of an annually released farming simulator series developed by GIANTS Software. This time, however, the creators decided to develop a game exclusively for handheld devices like PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS. In terms of mechanics, Farming Simulator 18 highly resembles the previous installments of the series, in particular, the handheld version of Farming Simulator 16. The game sees the players running their farms in an attempt to make a profitable business out of it. To achieve this, players have to take care of a number of things, such as soil and plant cultivation, harvesting and selling the crops, and finally the successive development of the farm. Farming Simulator 18 does not lack the series’ representative feature, namely a wide range of licensed agricultural machinery of the world’s top makes, which are available for the players to utilize while working in the field.
Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire (AND)
Strategy 28 June 2017
An economic strategy game developed by Machine Zone. The game takes place in Eos – a fantasy world created for the 2016 game Final Fantasy XV. The plot is of little importance in this title, giving way to the online gameplay, which is shaped by the decisions of the players. The gameplay focuses on expanding the kingdom. During the game, the player constructs buildings, gathers resources and researches new technologies. Although the game is based on a simple economic system, it also contains a military aspect: the player must recruit warriors and make them fight the AI-controlled forces in real time. Although player’s army is accompanied by characters from the console RPG - including Noctis and Cindy - playing the game alone is not a good idea. It is much better to create a guild or to join one and cooperate with other players.
Punch Club (AND)
Strategy 27 January 2016
A boxing manager game with RPG and tycoon elements, created by Lazy Bear Games studio from Russia. The plot of Punch Club (also known as Video Hero Super Story) tells a story of a boy whose father was brutally killed. Twenty years later, the hero decides to become the best fighter in the world and find out who was responsible for his father’s death. Apart from fighting, the player needs to take care of the character’s everyday activities. You have to follow a diet and train, which will help you face ever stronger enemies, but to do that, you will need to have a well-paid job to cover the costs of, for example, exercising equipment. The game features old-school pixel visuals, which resemble video games and films from the ’80s and ‘90s.
Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow (AND)
Strategy 29 June 2017
Co-developed by Jam City with David X. Cohen and Matt Groening – the authors of the original animation, an adaptation of the popular adult cartoon series called Futurama. The player takes the role of Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy from New York, who accidentally gets frozen in a cryogenic chamber and wakes up a thousand years later. The backbone of Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow is development of futuristic New York, which involves gathering resources, erecting buildings, and managing finances. Exploring the galaxy and its planets on the deck of a spaceship plays also an important role. Both of these feature enemies – space battles look like classic shooters, while combat on the surface of a planet is turn-based. The title stars the characters from the cartoon – you collect them and upgrade by improving their statistics and unlocking new skills.
Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution 2 (AND)
Strategy 07 November 2014
A side installment belonging to the legendary series of turn-based strategy games that use the name of Sid Meier as a trademark. While the previous Civilization Revolution was created mainly for the more popular home consoles, Revolution 2 was developed specifically for mobile device and PlayStation Vita owners. Similar to the previous installments, the game casts the player in the role of a leader in control of a civilization of their choice. The player's goal is to achieve global domination. The game begins in ancient times, with the player having little resources and few territories. Over time, the player develops technology, expands towns, recruits armies and obtains new territories - lands conquered have to be governed appropriately as well. Civilization Revolution 2 offers additional units, technologies, buildings, wonders, as well as previously unavailable leaders. What is also new, is the scenario mode, allowing the player to participate in various historical events, such as famous battles. The game offers three-dimensional visuals.
Minions Paradise (AND)
Strategy 13 October 2015
A city builder strategy game created by Electronic Arts Salt Lake. The player is taken to a cinematic universe that made its first appearance in 2010, when Despicable Me was released. In the game, the player takes on the roles of the titular Minions that are traveling towards a holiday resort on a ship. When the vessel gets damaged, the characters land on a desert island where they decide to establish their own, tropical facility. The player's tasks here are to command the eponymous creatures, gather resources, construct new buildings, as well as create various useful items. Additionally, the main characters can have fun simply at any time, when engaging in activities such as hunting for electric eels, flying balloons or water-skiing. What is characteristic about Minions Paradise, are its eye-pleasing visuals that resemble the animated original. Both artists and screenwriters that co-created the film series took part in the production process of the game as well.
Strategy 02 April 2015
A mobile strategy game from the creators of Rise of Nations. DomiNations lets us lead one of several developing nations (including Britons, Romans, Japanese, Greek) on their quest for power and world domination. We start in the Stone Age and – as we progress and invent more advanced technologies – experience all of the most important eras of human history. Like the popular Sid Meier’s Civilization series, the game features famous buildings and historical characters, such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra or Napoleon Bonaparte. The developers have focused on the technological progress, which allows us to move to another age. Alliances with other users are equally important as the conquest of nearby areas. DomiNations features attractive, two-dimensional visuals in high resolutions, with very detailed objects and good-looking animations of units.
Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories (AND)
RPG 18 April 2016
Another installment in the popular series of RPG games that depict the life of a farmer. The game was developed by studio Natsune and is part of a series that was started in the second half of the 90s. In Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories the player becomes a novice farmer and is tasked with rebuilding the former prosperity of a farm and gaining sympathy of the inhabitants of a nearby city by completing various story quests. For completing those missions, the player obtains seeds of memories that contain a record of the most important moments in the life of a character. Although the gameplay returns to the roots of the series, the developers have decided to added some completely new features as well. During the game, the players plant seeds, gather crops, and breed animals. In addition to engaging in farming activities, the players can also cook, go fishing, and work in mines. All of those activities require tools, which, as the game progress, can be upgraded and replaced by new ones.
The Sims FreePlay (AND)
Simulation 15 February 2012
A spin-off of the bestselling series The Sims. It is available as a free-to-play title. The Sims FreePlay was developed by Firemonkeys, a studio that specializes in mobile games. Similarly as in the main installments of the series, the main objective is to control the life of virtual characters and decide what they will do, where they will live and who will they befriend. The gameplay is based on sandbox rules, allowing the player to freely control the fate of his Sims – he can send them to work, take them to interesting places in the city, help them make friends and even make them marry someone and give birth to children. In addition to controlling the life of the Sims, the player can design their house or take care of their garden. The game is played in real-time and the only limitation of freedom is time needed to complete various actions – however, it can be shortened by using the microtransactions. Real currency can be also used for buying exclusive items and decorations.
Jurassic World: The Game (AND)
Strategy 07 May 2015
Jurassic World: The Game is a strategy developed by Ludia and released prior to its cinematic inspiration. We take the role of the director of the titular amusement park. We will have to build new attractions, find new ways to make money (i.e. gift shop), and breed over fifty dinosaur species. Gameplay is also complemented with some RPG elements, like battles between the dinosaurs. We are not only breeding them, we are also training them so they can fight on special arenas where they face AI or dinosaurs trained by other players. Jurassic World: The Game even has some card game elements. Each dinosaur has its own card, and the owner of the species-diversified park has to create his or her unique deck. The game works with the Brawlasaurs toys from Hasbro. They can be scanned with the built-in camera and then unlocked in the game.