Developer: Xen Games Ltd
Price: $0.99 Download on the App Store
Strategic Assault is the first RTS or real time strategy game to hit the App Store. The purpose of Strategic Assault is to destroy the enemy bases in each level. The war game begins with the player as a trainee and each time the player beats a level their rank increases.
The first level of Strategic Assault gives a pretty easy basic training. Strategic Assault shows you how to create vehicles and navigate around strategic buildings. Light factories will produce ATV’s and heavy factories will produce tanks. You also learn how to build factories to create walls, build docks and plasma towers. Each time you build or create something you lose resources. Capturing strategic buildings will help you increase your resources. The number of strategic buildings varies from level to level.
The enemy may also try to retake your strategic building so it’s important to make sure that they are guarded. The terrain changes in the missions so the player has a variety of vehicles and weapons to choose from when fighting the enemy. There is a full range of rocket launchers, gunboats, helicopters and tanks at the players disposal should they have enough resources.
Visually, Strategic Assault looks pretty simple. The graphics are a bit basic and underwhelming. Better graphics would definitely improve the gaming experience. The map that players use to navigate the screen is small and not very easy to use. A larger map would make it a lot easier to see what was on the screen and the best way to get to it.
A welcome addition to the game would be infantry troops. It’s feels odd to have a war game where you can ride in ATVs, tanks and helicopters but can’t have your troops walk through the terrain. The music in the game feels a bit repetitive as well. If players could use their own music they might tune in for a longer experience.
While there is a lot to accomplish in each mission avid players may become bored. Everything in the terrain becomes pretty familiar after playing Strategic Assault several times. Finally, gaming enthusiasts will want multi-player challenges.