City Conquest (Review) iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad

City Conquest (Review) iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
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Want to try a tower defense game or sharpen you skills? City Conquest by Paul Tozour of Gas Powered Games is your answer. For those who are unfamiliar with Tower Defense games, City Conquest is a great first game. The game will teach you what to do step-by-step. Each “battle” consists of a certain number of turns where you must attack your enemy city, defend your own city, manage your resources, and upgrade your offense/defense.

There are several ways to play City Conquest. You can choose single player or multiplayer. In single player mode, you can choose Campaign mode where you play through 14 missions or Challenge Maps where you play levels that challenge you with expert level scenarios and puzzles that will have you exploring high level gameplay concepts.

It is very hard to play this without playing through the Campaign mode first. You can switch between difficulty levels of easy, medium, and hard during the campaign mode. The game walks you through each step as you play it. As you play, you will defend your home territory, expand into other areas, take over enemy property and resources and more. City Conquest shows you how to do this step-by-step with on-screen prompts.

When you load up the game you will see the options for : Single Player, Multiplayer, Help, Options, Credits, and Achievements. Under help you will find options for: How to Play, Towers, Units, Effects, and Back. How to play takes you step-by-step in explaining how to play the game. It also teaches you about using your resources such as coins and crystals to buy more towers and weapons, as well as upgrading them.

The more you upgrade them, the more powerful they become. Towers explains all the different buildings you can build, including weapons such as Grenade Tosser, Missile Launcher, Gun Turret, and Extractors among others. Extractors will mine for gold and crystals. Extractors also have support drones that will heal your city if its under attack. These can be used to buy and upgrade your Towers. Units shows you the different types of soldiers and support vehicles including Tanks, Shield Generators, and Gunship among others.

You can also find achievements on the first screen. These include “Can’t Hide From Death” (destroy a cloaked enemy unit), “Ball of Doom” (score a kill with a level 3 Grenade Tosser) and “Patch It Up” (Repair a Building with repair drone) among others. There are 100 Achievements.

Single player will take you through two options: Campaign or challenge mode. Campaign mode has 14 missions. You can play these on any difficulty level and you can switch the difficulty level for each mode. Challenge mode is expert level scenarios and puzzle missions that will put your gaming skills to the test.

Multiplayer has two options: Internet and Hotseat. With Internet mode, you will go into a “room” where you can see players in a lobby, open games that you can join, and recent games that have been played. When I went to play on-line, there was no one in the lobby. You can create a multiplayer lobby monitoring widget. This will last 45 minutes and show you how many players are in the lobby.

In Hotseat mode, you pass the same device between players for each turn. You have a red army and a blue army representing each player. When you finish your turn, it is the other player’s turn. This is a fun way to play as you are testing your skills against someone that you know. This can be a true test of skill as each person has their own style of play as well as their own strategy to win.

The battles are interesting and keep your attention. The ability to go back and play on different difficulty settings adds plenty of replay value. You have a certain number of turns to accomplish your mission. If you fail your mission, you must start that mission over.

I found the game very easy to play as it taught me all that I needed to know to play and be successful. The ability to pause the battle to place Towers and Units is a very handy feature as it allows you to look at your battlefield and strategize where to place them.

City Conquest’s on-screen prompts allows for the player to catch onto what was needed to be done very fast. This is my first Tower Defense game and I was able to catch on very quickly and be successful. The difference between the levels is how hard it is. The difficulty increases with each new level. I tried the Challenge Maps and didn’t succeed. My city was taken over by the enemy within a few turns.

City Conquest is a great tower defense game that people of all skill levels can enjoy. So go ahead, take a shot and try it.

Dani P
Platform:
iPhone
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Wi-Fi + 4G, iPad (4th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (4th generation), iPad mini and iPad mini Wi-Fi + Cellular. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Developer: Paul Tozour
Publisher: Intelligence Engine Design Systems, LLC

Rated 9+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Price: $4.99

Intelligence Engine Design Systems’ Website

Review Score
Graphics
Beautiful graphics with attention to detail that brings out the smallest thing.
Sound
Added a good vibe to the overall game.
Gameplay
Players of all skill levels will appreciate City Conquest. The game's step-by-step instructions insures that everyone can play.
Overall
Great game that can teach anyone how to play or show even the biggest expert how to improve their gameplay.
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