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Looked Bright, but Disappointing; Has a Shot at Redemption
on July 19, 2013
I've seen this game around, and thought I'd give it a try sometime. Lo and behold, it is offered as a Free App of the Day. Intrigued, I jumped in and took it for a spin versus the AI, only to be disappointed; maybe playing against friends is a better experience. After all, the developer went to *great length* to make this accessible via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Lan, WAN (Internet) or even on the same device, which is the best thing about this app, and worthy of praise.
Still, as a single-player game it falls short on several fronts. The game has a tutorial, of sorts. It gives you a *couple* of pointers and that's it. There is no explanation to speak of regarding the mechanics, or really much on how to control the game. It is rather frustrating to play a strategy game when you don't know the rules of how the game interprets winning or losing. Furthermore, it can reach a stalemate position which means if you are behind there's no way to win. Equally bad is being in a stalemate position with no way to lose. That's boring. Of course, you can end at any time, so the moment you are winning you can stop the game and boost your stats. That means that the stats on the leaderboard aren't worth a hoot since they can be 'gamed'.
Speaking of leaderboards, it seems your stats are posted whether you like it or not as long as you have network access enabled. Disturbingly, according to the app each device you use it on is uniquely identified, which I am not fond about. Smacks of spying. It gets worse: you can only play this on one device at a time, apparently. You can 'move' your profile from one device to the other, but it is deleted from the device from which it came. I'm interested in backing up the data, exporting it to another device, then restoring the data just to see what it does.
The app disables the back button, which is irritating. One screen that really needs to be reworked is the "Ability" screen. If you want to go back, you have to "Accept". There is no "Cancel" or "Back" option, and the back button doesn't work.
The game has the IAP permission, but I haven't *YET* seen any in-app purchase requests or ads. Difficult to trust apps these days, so that's something to keep in mind for future updates/upgrades, after the mass of reviews have been written.
The biggest gripe I have is that the instructions or tutorials just aren't sufficient enough. If the developer adds sufficient explanation, instruction, and/or tutorial I will be glad to bump this up another star to four stars. But I'm still also concerned that this can only be played on one device at a time, or at least a 'profile' can only be played on one device at a time. As long as that is the case, this app cannot get the fifth and final star from me.
I'd love to give this more stars, so I'm hoping the developer takes this review to heart and makes a few changes; I'm willing to re-review an app if the developer is responsive and communicative.
As it is now, it may or may not be worth $2 to the player. I, for one, can't endorse it for all the reasons I stated.