Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy

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Eclipse 1
  • Graphics and Sound – 4/5

  • Strategy - 5/5

  • Fun - 4.5/5

  • Re-playability - 5/5

  • Overall - 4.5/5


ReviewStars-4 $4.99 - iTunes - v.1.0 - Developer Website

by Doggins

For all you board game fanatics out there, here is a new iOS game from Big Daddy Creations called Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy.  I have to admit, I was not familiar with Big Daddy Creations prior to playing their release of Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy.  However, what I really like about Big Daddy Creations is the type games they make: digital versions of board games.  Being a self-proclaimed board game aficionado; I was quite excited to have the opportunity to play and review Eclipse: New Dawn for the Galaxy.

Eclipse is a complex Sci-Fi strategy game which features seven different races all vying for universal domination.  Trust me, this is some serious 4X gameplay (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate).  It’s hard to simplify and summarize what this game is all about.  There are so many facets to it!  In a nutshell, you build and deploy space crafts to seek out new sectors and galaxies.  In order to do that, you must gather resources and technology from the planets in which you have colonized and have influence with.  Keep in mind, you must do this all while keeping an eye on your opponents moves and your resource management.  If you are successful in your endeavors, your race may just come out on top!

Eclipse

With many fun and addictive iOS games, you may play the heck out of them initially and then move onto a different game.  I don’t see that happening to players of Eclipse.  I don’t want to understate how complex and enthralling this game is.  A single game can take hours to complete depending on the number of opponents and their skill level.  As with many board games, it may take a few games before you really start to catch on.  Eclipse is no exception to this rule.  Don’t let that overwhelm you though.  Eclipse has a pretty good in-game tutorial to help you understand the basics.  You may want to repeat the tutorial a couple times before jumping into real gameplay as there is a lot to take in.

As long as you are patient, there isn’t much you can find on the negative side about this game.  There are a lot of pullout menus, icons, indicators and bars within the UI.  The UI may seem a bit overwhelming and cumbersome to be played on an iPad rather than the real board game version.  However, I don’t really see any way it could have been done differently.  Eclipse does feature an online asynchronous multiplayer mode, but I was never able to get a game going due to the fact that not enough players were available.  I tried on three occasions and had the same results.  That isn’t a game breaker by any means though.  If you are looking for game that really tests your cunning and strategic thinking, then this may be the game for you.



Pros

  • Complex, engaging, in-depth gameplay

  • Good in-game tutorial

  • Lots of variety in races with their own strengths and weaknesses

Cons

  • End game/log results not present

  • UI is complex

  • Multiplayer presence seems to be non-existent

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3 comments :

  1. Eclipse has quite possibly the WORST tutorial of any ipad strategy game I've played. Cluttered boxes crammed with text and no explanation for how many elements work, it's a nightmare. Players already familiar with the board game may have an easy go of it, but the tutorial really isn't designed for them anyways.

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  2. On ipad2 this game is 25% playing and 75% waiting for AI (and ux). Boredom overpowers whatever else may be happening

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