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Review: Galcon

December 17, 2009 , Posted by App-reciation Reviews at 10:55 PM

Category: Games

Seller: Hassey Enterprises, Inc.
Price: $ 2.99
Requirements: iPhone or iPod touch, OS 2.2.1 or later

What's good: Galcon is a straightforward strategy game with 2D graphics and sound effects that, though nothing mind-blowing, nevertheless do a good job communicating the galactic feel of the app. Of course, once you take the time to play, you'll find that there's a lot more to this game than meets the eye. The basic gameplay follows a simple premise - you control a green planet with a set number of ships and your goal is to completely take over your opponent's base(s). There are various planets of differing sizes around you, some occupied and others empty. This is where strategy comes in. When you send ships to acquire planets, keep in mind that the smaller the territory, the fewer forces needed to annex them. At the same time, conquering bigger planets gives you the advantage of being able to reproduce more ships. It's up to you to find the winning combination that will help you eliminate your enemies! Remember that while you're plotting your tactics, they're also actively planning and moving in on you. The key is to build up just the right amount of troops needed to dominate all other players and take action as fast as possible. Familiarize yourself with Classic mode, then step it up a notch and play in higher difficulty levels or explore the variety of gameplay modes. See if you can beat Stealth mode where your opponent's fleets are invisible, find out how you fare against two simultaneous opponents in 3-Way, or challenge real people over multiplayer. Whatever you choose, this app will provide quality entertainment and keep you occupied, whether you have just a short while or hours to spare.

Suggestions for improvement: Even with five different gameplay modes, it tends to get a bit repetitive after a while. Graphics can use some flair, although an improvement won't really add significantly to the experience.

Breakdown:
Graphics - 3.5/5 Creativity - 4.5/5 Gameplay - 4/5 Controls - 5/5
App-reciation - 4.25/5


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