By Atlas Works, LLC
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Lead your scrappy band of Speck NanoBots to colonize the land of GloWest...all of it. But it's not that simple. You don't think you're the only band of scrappy pioneers, do you?
Single and multi-player modes, unlockable rewards.
What's New in Version 1.2
Bug Fixes and support for iOS 5
Simple yet fun Risk-type game
I downloaded this game looking for a Risk-type game for my kid (it was free). It fits the bill nicely. You play as robots trying to take over circuit boards. Your chances of winning are based on rolls of a "dice". My kid really likes the robots and gets excited when he unlocks a new one. I like that he's learning about math and odds (so that he can figure out ahead of time if he's got a chance of taking over a piece of the play field). You can play solo against the computer or against another player (on the same device only). He and I will sometimes play together and I've admittedly been playing against 3 hard AI players.
The game could use some more levels and robots and online play would be great but for free I can't complain. Nice app.
Could have been "Speck"-tacular
First off I want to acknowledge the fact that for a free game, this is quite polished. Kudos. Having said that, the algorithm used for the "die" needs a major overhaul. I haven't exactly kept stats, but am pretty sure my AI opponent is waaay luckier than I am. He always seems to roll the perfect number to wipe out my 10+ tile with his 4-5 on the first shot, leaving me scratching my head or shaking it in disgust. I would have loved to see some more consideration with regards to the penalty incurred for capturing a tile. If you successfully roll the number to take a spot controlled by a force 2x yours, shouldn't you suffer some losses along the way? I realize this is a basic strategy game designed for a more casual approach, but that doesn't mean it can't be balanced. All in all, I enjoy the game and since I didn't spend a penny on it, it is a great alternative to the $7 Risk. With some minor tweaking, I strongly believe you could release this as a paid app for somewhere in the .99-1.99 range. Keep up the good work.
Solid Game; Don't Expect Replays
This game plays very well on the iPad (3). It can be multiplayer or play against the computer. The AI is not all that brilliant and, once you figure out a winning strategy, it doesn't really challenge you from then on. I would imagine human players would be more of a challenge.
A word of warning to iPhone 4 users: Game play is slow. This game will really drain your battery, and the game authors use a double-tap method to zoom in and out. I cannot understand why they chose to reinvent zoom for this game, as the iPhone and iPad's native two-fingered pinch to zoom out and two-fingered "unpinch" to zoom in are what one would expect on iOS.
This makes game play more difficult on the phones, as one taps the screen to increase the number of specks on a given location. When you do this, you may get an inadvertent zoom in or out, when all you want to do is distribute, which is annoying at best. This UI feature can result in an unplayable game.
This game has never crashed, but on the iPad (3)'s Retina display, the display of the larger circuit boards flash annoyingly. There is no flashing on the larger circuit boards on the iPhone 4. but you'll find yourself needing to zoom in and out a whole lot.
There is a teaser at the end of the last level available in this game that suggest more levels. If so, I hope they come with more advanced AI.
The game only orients in one direction. It won't reorient when you rotate your phone or iPad. So, if you don't like the orientation, you cannot do anything about it.
I can recommend the game as a very easy one to master, but it doesn't have a lot of staying power. The studious refusal of the application's authors to make a game that follows Apple's user interface guidelines reduces my rating by one star.