Anomaly: Warzone Earth
From Baghdad with love.
Chillingo's Anomaly: Warzone Earth bears a striking resemblance to Sega's old Dreamcast title, Alien Front Online, right down to the design and color of the units; red an green. Thing is, it plays nothing like the 2001 third person shooter. 11 Bit Studios created a hybrid real time strategy/tower defense game, and based on a recent demo, this is one iOS title you should keep an eye on.
From what we can tell, the game takes place in Baghdad, circa 2018. A bunch of aliens crash land and subsequently attack the human race, and you must send units into battle to deal with this menace.
Instead of controlling these vehicles directly, you act as the all powerful commander. Before splattering extraterrestrials, you can open the stylish tactical map that displays enemy locations and plan a route through the area. Then it's a matter of watching the carnage unfold and making split second decisions in real time, whether it involves healing units on the fly, purchasing new ones and making upgrades. You can even call in air strikes with a couple screen taps, or set off a decoy to draw enemy fire.
In addition, the tactical map comes in handy while the action unfolds. Bringing it up pauses the game, allowing you to re-route units and identify aliens, most of which remain stationary; hence the tower defense element. At least this way, you have the option of attacking from a different angle or making a hasty retreat.
As for units, there's a standard tank, APC and crawler, among others, all of which differ in attack, armor and upgrades.
What's more, you can expect casual and hardcore difficulty levels, a story driven campaign and what the developers call a Baghdad Mayhem mode, whatever that is. We just hope Anomaly: Warzone Earth has the right stuff to become one of the iPhone/iPad's coolest strategy games. Look for the verdict shortly following the game's March release.