iOS And Android Games Of The Week: July 20, 2012
In a cool turn of events, two well-received sequels claimed this week's top prize.
This week is all about sequels, as two strategy games dominated the competition on iOS and Android. That said, you'll need to don your thinking cap to get the most from these head-scratching efforts, and both deserve a spot in your mobile collection.
iOS: Fieldrunners 2
When the App Store launched in 2008, Subatomic Studios took a risk in releasing Fieldrunners for iPhone, on a hunch that mobile gaming would take off. Turns out, the company was correct, and its tower-defense title quickly became a premier app for the device, receiving heaps of praise from critics and consumers alike. Now we finally have a sequel, and Fieldrunners 2 is everything we dreamed it of being, minus having full-screen iPad support. A wider selection of towers (complete with cool upgrades) and maps add what seems like an endless stream of content, but what really impresses us is the ability to amass tons of virtual loot from actually playing the game, instead of having to resort to making in-app purchases. So yes, Fieldrunners 2 is much bigger than its beloved predecessor, and is all the better for it.
Android: Great Big War Game
Strategy enthusiasts received one heck of a gem this week in the form of Great Big War Game, Rubicon Development's sequel to the critically acclaimed Great Little War Game. Rest assured this title more than lives up to its name, with a 50-mission single-player campaign, Skirmish mode and the best addition of all, multiplayer. Players can match wits off and online with friends and random opponents. Or, if smartphones and tablets are at a premium, enjoy Pass 'n Play using a single device.
Play wise, this is the closest anyone will get to having Nintendo's Advance Wars series on Android, with gripping turn-based matches that take place on land, sea and air. They'll need to put serious thought into producing and then managing their army, sticking snipers on higher ground and escorting unarmed engineers to safety in order to capture enemy strongholds. Just an excellent game that more than justifies the $2.99 asking price.