Fire Emblem Heroes (iOS)
RPG 02 February 2017
Fire Emblem Heroes is a fantasy-based, tactical RPG game. This is the first installment of the Nintendo's popular game series that was released on mobile platforms. The game takes place in a land divided between two opposing nations: striving for world domination Emblian Empire, and the Kingdom of Askran, bent on stopping the former. The players take the role of an Askran mage whose mission is to save the kingdom. Our protagonist can summon heroes from various games in the series, and our enemy is capable of doing the same. Turn-based battles, based on a simple gesture system, are at the gameplay's core. Smart usage of the summoned heroes' abilities, and taking advantage of the landform and the surroundings, are the key elements in achieving victory. Like every proper RPG, Fire Emblem Heroes has a functional character progression system.
XCOM: Enemy Unknown (iOS)
Strategy 20 June 2013
A science-fiction turn-based strategy game that came out as a reboot of the cult series, UFO: Enemy Unknown, launched back in 1994 by Microprose. This new title was created by Firaxis Games, a studio founded by Sid Meier. The story of XCOM: Enemy Unknown does not follow any of the plotlines started by its predecessors. Instead, it tells a new story of the war between humans and an aggressive alien race. In order to protect our planet from the invaders a special organization called X-COM was created, with you as its commander throughout the game. The gameplay features two main aspects. In the strategic mode you plan your next move, complete research and develop technology, as well as manufacture gear and weapons – all this in real time. When it comes to skirmishes with the aliens, combat is turn-based. Most missions are procedurally generated, which relates to greater replayability. Battles are presented in full 3D, and the game’s engine allows for full destruction of environment.
Terra Battle 2 (iOS)
RPG 21 September 2017
The second installment in the jRPG series developed by Mistwalker – a company established by Hironobu Sakaguchi, the creator of the Final Fantasy series. In terms of its plot, Terra Battle 2 is not a direct continuation of its predecessor and takes the player to an entirely new fantasy world. The fate of this realm hangs by a thread as the dark creatures previously turned to stone are brought back to life. A player assumes control over a group of heroes who set off on an adventure to stop the threat and restore the order all over the world. The gameplay is based on the mechanics known from the first installment and builds on exploring vast maps and fighting numerous foes. The battles feature a turn-based system; however, players get at their disposal a wider range of battle strategies, including the ability to set a fighting formation before the battle itself. The entire experience is well complemented by the character development mechanics known from the first installment that is based on the profession system.
Invisible, Inc. (iOS)
Strategy 06 October 2016
Invisible, Inc. is an isometric turn-based tactical game developed by Klei Entertainment, a studio known for Mark of the Ninja, Don't Starve, and Shank. Players take on the role of the leader of a spy organization. Our job is to infiltrate world's most tightly guarded locations and recover classified intelligence. During the missions, we control a group of agents and try to finish our job without being noticed. We will have to hack security systems, manipulate video surveillance, and cover our tracks if we want to stay undetected. Openly attacking the guards is a rather bad idea and usually ends with our team member's definitive death. We also can't learn the levels by heart because everything is generated procedurally, including the guard's positioning. Invisible, Inc. has a 2D, comic book-inspired visuals.
Strategy December 2017
Overland is a survival strategy game developed by Finji. The game takes place in a not-so-distant future where an unspecified cataclysm devasted the North American continent. We lead an everchanging group of survivors who, traveling by car, are trying to reach their destination. Gameplay focuses on survival. We will be forced to make many difficult decisions as we play. We will also have to find a way to deal with the constant shortages of gas, ammunition, and supplies, but monsters that hunt their prey with their hearing are the biggest threat we will have to face. The game is presented as a series of turn-based events that take place on small areas covered with a grid made of squares. During each turn we will have the opportunity to give orders like moving, starting a campfire, resting, looting the area, and fighting.
XCOM: Enemy Within (iOS)
Strategy 12 November 2014
First huge add-on to the tactical strategy game, XCOM: Enemy Unknown, released in 2012. Created by the developer team at Firaxis Games, the expansion introduces many new features to basic game. One of the most important among them is a new resource – meld, a type of microscopic, robotic organisms that can modify human genotype. This allows humans to improve their body and even integrate mechanical parts into themselves. The add-on introduces a new soldier class as well – Mec Trooper - along with a special building to “produce” him, two types of aliens (Seeker and Mechtoid) and a new human organization, EXALT, trying to use alien technology to conquer the world. There are also new types of weapons, skills, and maps for multiplayer matches.
Door Kickers 2: Task Force North (iOS)
A continuation of the 2014’s tactical strategy game developed by Killhouse Games, which recreates the routines of anti-terrorist SWAT units. The action of Door Kickers 2: Task Force North takes players to the Middle East, where the controlled by a player squad, comprising representatives of many special forces, follows the trace of a dangerous terrorist organization. One observes the action from a top-down perspective and experiences all the events in real time with the option to utilize the active pause system. Like the first installment, the game has been divided into two parts - equally important to carry out a mission is the proper preparation, which includes selecting units with adequate skills and dispatching them properly across the map. Creators introduced many improvements and novelties that make the whole experience even more realistic. Among these, one can find new pieces of gear, the option to operate under cover of the night, jumping through windows, and the new mechanics allowing one to group his units.
Battle Breakers (iOS)
A free-to-play tactical role playing game with microtransactions, developed by Epic Games, the award-winning authors known from numerous cult-classic AAA series. Battle Breakers introduces us to a universe mixing fantasy and science-fiction elements. This unique realm is invaded by bloodthirsty aliens – our job is to repel the invasion by leading a group of powerful heroes. The players can choose from a multitude of characters, including dinosaurs, robots, ninjas, mages, or melee fighters. During the game, the players explore the map and clear the subsequent regions from monsters and occasional bosses. The encounters are turn-based, and take place on a map divided into hexagonal fields. Our heroes often employ elemental spells, which include powerful tsunamis, earthquakes, or great fires. The game is definitely characteristic for its huge roster of heroes – we can choose from a few hundred characters, each armed with unique abilities and an exclusive skill tree. Moreover, the player can expand the tower that serves as the heroes’ dwelling in order to gain additional bonuses.
Party Hard GO (iOS)
Strategy 10 November 2016
A brutal action game in retro style, developed as a commercial edition of a project for Global Game Jam. The title was created by an independent studio PinoklGames from Ukraine. During the game you assume the role of a man who is clearly dissatisfied with his neighbors disrupting the quiet night hours and decides to seek revenge against them. Instead of calling the cops, the protagonist joins one of the night parties in order to brutally murder every guest. The action takes place in a procedurally-generated house of the neighbors, in which you need to kill your victims. To avoid attracting the interest of the police and other guests, you have to lure your targets to isolated places and skilfully kill them, e.g. fake an accident. What makes the title difficult is the fact that you have to cleverly take advantage of your prey and remain undetected for as long as possible.
RPG 16 April 2015
A dark fantasy tactical RPG with turn-based combat created by Polish developer Jujubee. In Spellcrafter you assume the role of a hero representing one of three playable classes (Human, Necromancer, or Elf), and set out on a journey to explore a world full of magic. On your way you get to earn experience and gold, interact with non-player characters, and undertake various missions that often put you up against tough moral decisions. The game features isometric view, and as you play you gradually expand your team by recruiting heroes you encounter on the way, each of them providing your team with unique abilities. The game’s turn-based combat emphasizes both tactical depth and strategic elements. Spellcrafter’s characteristic feature is its unique system of spell casting. In order to cast a spell you have draw a specific pattern on the screen – the quicker and more accurate you are the more powerful the spell is.
Mordheim: Warband Skirmish (iOS)
RPG 17 March 2017
Tactical multiplayer RPG set in the universe of Warhammer, released for mobile platforms. Mordheim: Warband Skirmish takes players into the eponymous city of Mordheim, five hundred years before the events in the main timeline of Warhammer. A comet fell down from the sky in that area, bringing a precious mineral with it. This is for that mineral that several factions war against one another, having turned the city into an arena of never-ending fighting. The player joins the conflict leading a self-composed team of adventurers. Gameplay is about exploration of in-game levels and fighting with enemies encountered on the way as well as gathering the aforementioned mineral. Skirmishes are played in turn-based mode with a camera set in an isometric perspective. Before starting the game you recruit mercenaries representing a specific faction and specialization. As they progress, those characters gain better and better equipment and skills. However, death here is permanent, so the dead or heavily wounded adventurers must be replaced by new ones.
Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians (iOS)
A tactical Japanese RPG developed by a team led by Yasumi Matsuno, the creator of such classic games as Final Fantasy Tactics, Final Fantasy XII, and Vagrant Story. The action of Unsung Story: Tale of the Guardians is set in a fantastical world torn by wars. The campaign tells us the story of the 70-years-long war, the direction of which has been set by the long forgotten warriors. A player assumes the role of one of those warriors. The campaign is divided into two separate chapters, each one presenting a story of a different character. Some tales show only a year from a hero’s life, while others depict even decades. Because of this approach, players can observe the conflict from multiple perspectives as well as learn the course of events and the stories of people participating in the war. The gameplay revolves around turn-based battles waged on 3D maps. During combat, a player commands a team comprising two heroes, each one featuring a unique set of skills and roles. As the story progresses, the character gains more experience and grow stronger.
Warhammer 40,000: Regicide (iOS)
Strategy 19 May 2016
Set in the popular science-fiction universe, a turn-based strategy game employing chess mechanics. The title is one of the first independent productions licensed by Games Workshop. The game is developed by Hammerfall Publishing from Australia. The name refers to the board game described in the Warhammer novels. Gameplay features a modified version of classic chess and offers two game modes. In the classic mode, you choose one of the available races, fight, and gradually unlock new characters and abilities. In the Regicide mode, rules are slightly more complicated – during their turn, players can move, open fire at enemies and environment elements, and use a whole range of psionic powers. Attractive visuals use motion capture technology and feature characteristic elements of the Warhammer stylistics.
Combat Squad: Project Wednesday (iOS)
Action 08 August 2017
Combat Squad: Project Wednesday is an online shooter game by Korean studio A-33, utilizing a free-to-play model with microtransactions. The production is set in modern times, and allows you to participate in multiplayer battles pitting teams of trained mercenaries against each other. Before the battle, you create a five-man team, choosing your characters from an expansive gallery and modifying their skills and equipment. During the battle you can freely switch between party members, while the others are controlled by the AI, which you can affect by issuing orders using the tactical system. There are several gampelay modes to choose from. In multiplayer battles, you can fight one-on-one or five-on-five. There is also a co-op zombie mode, in which the players join forces to fight hordes of zombies.
Call of Duty: Strike Team (iOS)
Action 05 September 2013
A mobile spin-off of the classic Call of Duty series. It continues the story presented in the 2012's Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The player faces a powerful terrorist organization known as Cordis Die, leading a Joint Special Operations Team comprising of a group of commandos. In terms of the mechanics, the game is quite revolutionary when juxtaposed with other installments in the series, combining elements of classic first-person shooters with aspects of tactical strategies. The player can switch between the tactical and first-person views at any time - thus it is possible to coordinate the actions of the squad or to assume the role of a chosen team member, taking the matters into one's own hands. Featuring 25 missions, the campaign takes the player to different regions of the world, such as Alaska, Afghanistan or China. Before a mission begins, the player selects the team members and their weapons - these are unlocked as the player progresses. Call of Duty: Strike Team features numerous cinematics, as well as script-based action sequences the full-fledged installments in the Call of Duty series are so popular for.
Gettysburg: The Tide Turns (iOS)
A turn-based recreation of the battle of Gettysburg, one of the most important and bloody battles of the American Civil War. Gettysburg: The Tide Turns offers a number of scenarios, building an extensive campaign which allows the players to control the forces of the North, as well as the Confederacy. Our job is to conduct turn-based battles on the hexagonal grid covering the maps. The battles are large in scale, with the player controlling whole divisions of troops. The game contains an interesting feature – randomized turns. The order of turns is not fixed, while the engine decides which of the units are capable of making a move in the given turn. The Tide Turns is a highly complex title, characterized by historical consistency. The battles employ real units, while the course of each encounter is influenced by landform or soldiers’ morale.