Mobile Monday №13
If you're a fan of strategy games, we've got a real treat for you this Monday. Both KDice Trainer and UniWar tackle the genre from different angles, the former adopting a casual-friendly stance while the latter isn't afraid to get serious with unit management and tactics.
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KDice Trainer - A single-player version of Ryan Dewsbury's addictive multiplayer classic, KDice, is now available to take with you on your iPhone. Gameplay is like Risk, only with dice instead of army units. Attack adjacent territories as you battle other colors for control over the map. At the end of your turn you get bonus dice based on the largest number of contiguous territories that you control. In other words, the larger your land, the stronger you are. Simple, but highly engaging. KDice was inspired by the single-player game, Dice Wars, by Taro Ito.
UniWar - What if Advance Wars and StarCraft got together and baked a cake? And what if that cake weren't a cake, but a game? UniWar would probably be the result, as this turn-based strategy game plays like a combination of both popular mainstream titles. Buy, build and control your army of units as you fight your opponent for control of the precious bases. Many units have special abilities that betray their low attack/defense scores, so sometimes muscling your way to the end isn't always the best road to victory.
Totomi - A portable version of the Flash game of the same name, Totomi is an animal-filled stacking-based puzzle game. Animals and food all have relationships with each other, which makes stacking a bit more complex. You can pile zebras on top of each other all day long, for example, but as soon as you put a lion in the mix, he'll gobble them right up. Putting a leaf on the zebras is a different matter. It's a unique puzzle experience that's made a smooth transition to the iTunes App Store. A free Totomi Lite version is also available.
Cosmic Nitro - From the creator of Galcon comes a frantic tap-to-shoot arcade game that doubles as an "I'm afraid I'm going to tap my iPod to pieces" simulator. Asteroids, toxic waste, meteors, UFOs and other space debris are hurtling towards the city. Simply tap the screen to blast the baddies, making sure to fry any pieces they throw off as a result of being destroyed. Stay alive as long as you can and earn massive points. Things take a minute or so to warm up, but when you're huddled over the screen, iPhone clutched in two hands tapping with as many fingers as you can manage, you'll see why it's a great game.
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