Chances are that if you were born sometime after 1987 then your recollections or impressions of the cold war are easily unimpressive if existent at all. The “cold war” refers to a long running political conflict between the communist soviet states and, primarily, the United States from 1946 to the early 1990s. The result of this long running conflict, aside from the obvious civil wars, revolution combat, invasions, and military conflict, was a fascination with related toys that spanned decades. What better setting for Toy Soldiers: Cold War to take place than in the bedroom of a 1980’s child fascinated with military trinkets.
Signal Studios’ sequel to Toy Soldiers, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, is a fun new take on their initial tower defense gameof the same name. The setting, specifically the era, allows for a great amount of movie and toy box nostalgia for those of us in the 30+ demographic, and incorporates all of the fantastic cheesy action that made the 80s so great. The game features 1980s-era military technology, and is like previously eluded to it is based around the idea of military aggression escalating between the United States and the USSR. Toy Soldiers: Cold War features a blend of third-person action and strategy.
The toy box is your tower and there a number of places where you can set up your camps. The exciting part about your camps is that you can jump in and out of them to control them at any time. Often I felt as though I needed to participate in this first person action to ensure success. The ability to control your RC vehicles also comes in handy as you may choose to let your camps battle it out while you fly around in your RC helicopter unloading a wave of missiles so long as your battery is charged. Increasing your score also allows for special barrages and one of the very first barrages I achieved unlocked our good friend Rambo..erm..”commando” who was released spewing a healthy dose of cheesy lines and bazooka blows while you lead him to take out a wave on enemies on the ground. There are all kinds of strikes and bombs to unlock to help you destroy the waves of toy soldiers, in all matter of military aggression, who are coming for your toy box.
As I played through the campaign the more waves I killed the more money I made. This is important because your camps will need repairs and upgrades throughout the game. You will need these upgrades as you prepare for the inevitable boss that comes at the end of the level. It seems like one foul swoop of the boss, or a simple roll over, and all your camps are gone, so it is important to consider your tower defense strategy in the midst of all of the action.
There are numerous multiplayer options available in Toy Soldiers: Cold War and given the campaign and the multiplayer modes this game is a great value for your dollar. Unlike more tower defense games Toy Soldiers: Cold War will keep you interested for a long time. While the game could easily become stagnant and repetitive, it rarely does. The Top Gun and Rambo references, the overt nostalgia, and the variety in game modes, all allow for hours of enjoyment. Becoming a decorated hero means earning achievements for things like using a fighter’s machine gun to destroy a soviet fighter or surviving more than 9 rounds in any survival game. Decorations will help you squeeze even more value for your dollar out of Toy Soldiers: Cold War on Xbox Live Arcade.
Toy Soldiers: Cold War by Signal Studios is available on XBLA and according to their official website we may be in store for some upcoming DLC.
Sources: http://www.signalstudios.net/toy-soldiers-cold-war/cold-war-propaganda/ http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/what%20was%20the%20cold%20war.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_War
War 2 Victory
Based on the hit WAR2 browser game with 3,000,000 monthly active users across multiple platforms, the FREE MMO strategy game War 2 Victory now lands in the App Store. Seek honor and glory in the battlefields of WWII. Take charge of either Allied or Axis forces and build a lone outpost into a mighty war machine.
Build, Expand, and CONQUER!
War 2 Victory By LiangBangChuangYe Investment Consulting Co Ltd is available for free on your iphone but is it worth the download?
The game is available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later and boasts the following features:
- Expert battle system. Rapid turn-based combat puts you in charge, allowing intricate control of over 30 historically accurate units. Crush your enemies with massed infantry, a blitzkrieg of tanks, swooping bombers, mighty battleships, or stand unconquerable behind an invincible line of fortifications.
- Detailed Resource Management. Control multiple cities, each producing a variety of resources, and manage a growing workforce. Build up your industry, feed your army, and turn your citizens into soldiers or factory workers.
- Develop new technologies to unlock powerful new units, strengthen old ones, or boost your industry.
- Play with hundreds of people across the globe from your iPhone. Form powerful alliances with fellow players to crush your opponents and wage epic wars against other alliances.
- Intuitive missions system guides you through your early development, assuring you get right into the action.
- Absolutely free to download and play, no tricks! In game “speed-ups” that allow you to progress faster are available but there is no exclusive content.
Expecting an mmo experience that would have me involved for substantial intervals I quickly came to realize that this was not the case with War 2 Victory. Instead of my usual play through War 2 Victory became my ‘wait time’ companion; meaning that whenever I was in a situation in the real world where I was required to wait for something I opened up the game. For the better part of a month I played this game in small bursts but never really felt that I was using the experience to its full potential.
Ifanzine.com posted an extensive and in depth review of the app game (here) in which the reviewer states that
“A better way of framing War 2 Victory would be to describe it as a deep construction and management simulation with a helping of territorial conquest on the side – think of it as SimCity with Sherman tanks thrown in for good measure.” –ifanzine.com
I whole heartedly agree. During my time time almost all of my attentions where given to leveling up my resources, managing soldiers, troops, politicians, as well as collecting and selling resources while upgrading my technology and structures.
There is a great level of detail in the game surrounding the management simulation and I certainly enjoyed this aspect of the game. My only foul with the system is the surprisingly long time it takes for your management to take place. If you decide to upgrade your city hall or marketplace you will find an estimated time of completion pop up in the top right of the screen. As an app game I was surely shocked the first time I saw this ETA pop up with an estimated time of 2 hours or more. For me this meant closing the app and coming back to it later to ensure it had completed to my satisfaction.
Scrolling along the bottom of the screen is the real time chat. Don’t forget that others are playing this game with you! I found it very easy to get caught up in my city/troops’ development and forget this aspect. I rarely engaged in the ‘mmo’ features of the game. And while I may not have utilized it to the fullest potential, War 2 Victory, supports its community. You can find evidence of continued game and community support with frequent improvements and even active responses via facebook fan page (http://www.facebook.com/war2victory?sk=wall).
So back to the question at hand: War 2 Victory By LiangBangChuangYe Investment Consulting Co Ltd is available for free on your iphone but is it worth the download?
If you like micro management and creation and development in your game alongside short bursts of play throughout your day, I say sure! But it may be a pass to those looking for intense world war II battles and the chance to meet players whom you will continue to game with.