I’m loving the current trend of old games getting polished up and ported to new platforms. It exposes new audiences to ideas that maybe don’t get the due they deserve nowadays, dishes out nostalgia to fans of the original, and explores how old-school gaming can adapt to the pick-up-and-play modern world.
But it’s not often one of my old favorites gets a reboot. Galactic conquest game Spaceward Ho! was a mainstay on the Mac in the 90s, burning through five major revisions over 13 years and helping pave the way for the likes of Mater of Orion and Gazillionaire, and now it’s been resurrected for Android. Let’s see how classic holds up.
I love the Total War series. Ever since I got a copy of the original Medieval: Total War for my eighth birthday, I have been repeatedly captivated by the sprawling scale that the team over at The Creative Assembly have had to offer. Now, with almost every historical period covered by the time-conquering studio, and with the much-anticipated Rome II on the horizon, it is only fitting that the Assembly have decided to bring the Total War to the mobile space.
And what’s better to bring to the smartphone world than the war-forged era of feudal Japan? Initially embodied in the very first game of the series, Shogun: Total War, the home of the samurai has since seen a magnificent grand-scale sequel in the form of Shogun II. Now coming to Android in what I can only hope will be the first of many mobile titles, we have Total War Battles: Shogun. So, have the Creative Assembly served up the slice of meaty mobile strategy that we’ve been waiting for? Read on to find out.
Z Origins is the Android port of the original Bitmap Brothers PC game of ‘Z’. First released in 1996, it came just a year after the the initial release of Command and Conquer, another popular genre title. However, what made Z stand out were the more aggressive enemies and added complexity of gameplay.
Now this classic is on Android, and you can once again enjoy the humour, action and intensity of the original. Retro gaming is a big deal on the Android platform, but can be done quite badly. Which camp does Z Origins fall into? Read on for more…
Football Manager Handheld 2012 is a football management simulation game for mobile devices. The premise is simple; select and manage a real football (soccer) team from any of the top leagues and steer them to glory.
The game attempts to be as realistic as possible and includes as many aspects of the real world as it can, from over-demanding club owners and contract negotiations to player sales and handling the media. The game did raise a few eyebrows when it was released – most notably due to the relatively high price – so the question remains: is it worth it? Read on for some analysis…
There’s a diverse range of puzzle games on Android, and Train Crisis is my latest favourite. U-Play has developed another snazzy looking game that will have you gripping your phone intensely! It’s a particularly good strategy game that requires quick thinking, quick reflexes and the ability to hold your temper – it can get quite difficult. So put down Angry Birds and hop on board…
Anomaly Warzone Earth is a genuinely unique gaming experience, certainly on Android. From the outside it looks like another tower defence game, albeit a highly polished one. However, closer inspection reveals it’s more of a tower offense game.
Instead of blasting oncoming baddies, you’re the one navigating through hazardous locations taking on static towers, which makes for a refreshing and original reversal of a popular genre. The game features an interesting plot involving alien technology, as well as astonishing graphics, brilliant gameplay and a wholly immersive experience. For more on this remarkably visceral Android gaming milestone, read on…
Ever been crazy about defense games? I love them; they allow you a chance to be a hero or the savior of your people as you prevent the collapse of your castle or tower. This concept of game is available on Android phones and tablets to help you pass the time, especially when you have a fair amount on your hands.
Tower defense games have really come of age, with a lot of thinking and strategy involved in these games today. Gameplay is not “aim and shoot” but rather takes a lot of planning and strategy to defend a particular structure from marauding enemies that are hell-bent on destroying your structures. From a long list of tower defense games, here are my favorites.
Great Little War Game is well, just that. A relatively new title for Android, it blends the immersive strategic gameplay of Command & Conquer with the abject humour and silliness of Worms. It contains beautifully rich 3D graphics, superb sound, at least 30 different missions and three gameplay modes. What more could you want? If you like games slick with humour and explosions, you will want to read on!
Pax Britannica is a one-button (or one-touch) real-time strategy game originally made for Windows/Mac/Linux, that recently reached the Android Market in a port made by Stefan Wagner. It is a very simple and fun game that will get you completely addicted, with its beautiful graphics and the simple yet deep gameplay.