Well, Monday has flobbled into view, weary from its exertions at the weekend, dreaming of a Tuesday that it knows will never come. Poor Monday, so despised by all and sundry, all it wants to do is live a little, but it never can.
What it can do is provide the perfect platform for the Monday Musing. After all, both of the words start with M. It’s like it was meant to be, pre-ordained in the glimmering ether. Or some such nonsense.
This week I’m going to have a muse about Titanfall: Assault. It’s a card-battler in the Clash Royale mould, and it’s set to hit the App Store later this week. Here’s everything you need to know about what the game has to offer.
What is it?
It’s a real time strategy game with a bit of MOBA thrown in there for good measure. You’re in charge of your troops, sending them in to battle. The scraps last four minutes, and a minute in you’ll be able to drop a massive Titan into the fray.
The aim is capturing bases. So you need to make sure you’re defending as well as attacking. Throw your troops too far ahead and you’ll find yourself screwed if your foe begins a concentrated attack.
How does it capture the ethos of the console game?
Well, with the Titans mainly. Obviously this isn’t an FPS with wall running. But it lifts a decent chunk of ideas from the main Titanfall series and wraps it all up in a more mobile-friendly package.
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Titanfall: Assault is the second bite at the Titanfall mobile cherry. The second I hear you scream, but what was the first? Well that was Titanfall: Frontline, which got soft launched and then quietly cancelled. So yeah, second.
This time around there’s a lot more action to sink your teeth into. Again, the game is only in soft launch at the moment, but I though it’d be sensible to give you a heads-up about what the game is, what you can expect from it, and how many titans there are in it (lots).
What is it?
Well it’s a bit like Clash Royale. But it’s also a bit like a tower defence game. But it’s also a bit like a tower offence game. It’s a base versus base scrap to the death with units and rockets and giant titans.
There are control points on the map too, and gun turrets, and it looks pretty shiny from the glimpse we’ve had of it so far. It’s good to see a game that’s taking the casual MOBA idea and actually running with it.
How many Titans?
Well the battles last four minutes, and at the moment the Titans turn up three minutes into the scrap. Before that you’re throwing troops into the level, capturing and defending points and trying to earn a higher score than your foe.
You’ve got rockets too, which do huge damage if they hit something. And then there are turrets that you can use to create choke points. Like in Aliens, but hopefully more successfully.
Halo: Spartan Assault 1.1.1
Device: iOS Universal
Price: $ 5.99 -> $ 2.99, Version: 1.1.1 (iTunes)
Battle your way through 30 action-packed missions against the Covenant as you explore the origin of the Spartan Ops program featured in Halo 4.
Earn achievements, complete missions and compete against your friends for the top scores in the leaderboards.
It’s time to join the assault, Spartan!
•Epic campaign featuring 30 action packed levels with a brand new Halo story set just before the events of Halo 4.
•Command many of your favorite Halo weapons, vehicles, and armor abilities, and customize your Spartan to create the perfect Spartan warrior.
•Earn achievements, complete weekly challenges for XP and compete against your friends in leaderboards for ultimate bragging rights
Assault Vector 1.1
Device: iOS Universal
Price: $ .99 -> Free, Version: 1.1 (iTunes)
Assault Vector has been nominated for the NGF awards & is going free till 10th November! Download & enjoy the game, leave a review & vote for us on the NGF site, http://ngfa.nasscom.in
"I am a sucker for turn based strategy and I was not surprised that Assault Vector was a blast to play…" – TouchArcade.com
Assault Vector is a challenging turn based strategy game set in space.
• Challenging gameplay. Think before you act!
• Procedurally generated levels to provide a new challenge every time you play.
• Super intelligent enemies.
• Fight or Flight? Choose different upgrades based on your play style.
• Designed for on-the-go gameplay sessions.
• No in-app purchases. Never ever!
December 13, 2048:
Earth is under attack by an unknown alien species. Can you activate the Deep Space Orbital Cannon & turn the tide of battle?
The aliens have grown stronger!
* New enemies
* Improved AI
* Balanced upgrades system. No more cheating with the Hyper Jump.
* Graphical improvements. Jazzed it up!
* New leaderboards to conquer
We don’t mind admitting that we were excited as we started playing the free-to-play Star Wars: Team Assault. It wasn’t the Star Wars fanfare that set our nostalgia glands tingling. That lost its potency long ago. Nope, it was the scenario that got our sabres flaring.
Starting just after the original film, you take control of Han Solo as he attempts to infiltrate the Empire. With Han, Chewie, and R2-D2 in your squad, you’d be forgive for thinking the story might evolve into something special. Unfortunately, we were quickly disappointed.
You start Assault Team by battling your way free of a Star Destroyer’s detention block. Thanks to some pleasingly stark lines, this environment looks decent as you’re pushed around its corridors. However, when you advance to exterior locations like the Kashyyk, the visuals become muddy and rough.
Worse still, the turn-based combat lacks any kind of engagement. You take control of a squad of hero cards, and are dragged on rails around the 3D world to the next battle. Turns play out mercifully quickly, as you select which generic opponent to target, and whether to use your hero’s special ability. There is no personality to the action – instead, you are treated to fight after fight, with only a moments respite between each to ponder if you are enjoying yourself.
We did find some deeper elements in the special abilities. As you collect cards you gain access to more characters, each…
Star Wars: Assault Team 1.1.0
Device: iOS Universal
Price: Free, Version: 1.1.0 (iTunes)
Assemble a powerful team of your favorite Star Wars™ heroes, and battle enemies and other players across the galaxy in STAR WARS™: ASSAULT TEAM! Strategize to give your team the winning edge in this unique, turn-based combat game from Disney Mobile in partnership with LucasArts!
Infiltrate enemy fleets and outsmart your opponents in exciting, face-to-face combat. Embark on epic missions to escape from enemy ships, find the Wookiee resistance, survive ambushes on the streets of Mos Espa, and much more! Fight for ultimate control of the galaxy in this strategic combat game, where every move counts!
BUILD YOUR VERY OWN ASSAULT TEAM
Collect and play with your favorite classic Star Wars characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Boba Fett, Tusken Raiders, and more! Each hero has unique stats, abilities, and attacks to increase your team’s overall strength.
Take your assault team into battle, and defeat galactic enemies and other players! Strategically choose your squad, then deploy your team members’ special tactics. Crush your opponents to earn valuable rewards and new characters!
LEVEL UP YOUR HEROES
Collect items to train your characters and improve their special attacks, making your team even more dominant against increasingly powerful enemies!
EXCITING COMPETITIVE PLAY
Fight against other players in PvP battles to win extra loot!
Experience cinematic, high-quality graphics on your mobile device as you make your way from scene to scene with full character and background animations during combat.
ORIGINAL STORY INSPIRED BY THE STAR WARS FRANCHISE
Complete all-new missions set between Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. Travel to iconic Star Wars planets like Tatooine, Kashyyyk, and more.
Please note: We recommend playing this game on iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPads and iPods running iOS7. Playing on an iPhone 4 or an iPod Touch4 will result in longer load times and performance issues.
Minor bug fixes and optimized performance.
With The Chronicles of Riddick: Assault on Dark Athena, players will not only be challenged to survive Butcher Bay, but will also engage in a new single-player experience and, for the first time in the Riddick universe, take action in intense multi-player combat. The game introduces the ominous Merc-ship Dark Athena, which sits silent like a marauding spider, awaiting helpless prey in the dark reaches of the galaxy. Players must face a large, bloodthirsty operation led by the dreaded Captain Revas and her slaves-turned-controllable combat drones, storm though death-defying events and fight fierce enemies in a battle of malice and gore.