Warbits, Advance Wars of the iOS

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  • Graphics and Sound – 5/5

  • Strategy - 5/5

  • Fun - 5/5

  • Re-playability - 4/5

  • Overall - 4.5/5



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$3.99 - Developer Website - v1.1.0

by Jasmine Greene


Game Trailer from the Developer


Warbits by Risky Lab LLC is a deceptively deep, fun and hard strategy game that will test even the most hard core strategy players. Many compare it favorably to Advance Wars, considered one of the best turn-based tactics game for the Game Boy Advance.


Beta Gameplay

Warbits was tough, I mean really tough for me at first, but once I got the feel for how I was supposed to conquer a map it was still hard, but doable. Levels became progressively more challenging as they go and the game introduces new enemies and mechanics. The developers did a great job slowly ramping up the difficulty so it never felt like there was a grind gate.


Those familiar with strategy and tactics game will feel right at home with the mechanics of Warbits. You conquer cities, factories and airfields to earn money, which you then use to build up your forces to defeat enemies. All the maps vary in size and it’s up to you to utilize not only the terrain but your 16 different units. Each unit offers different abilities and also different ratings for attack strength, fuel, ammo, movement, vision and armor. The longer you play the more your units will use up fuel and ammo. Here you will need the the APC - unit that resupplies your units so they don’t lose their effectiveness.

With regards to the map, there are many different ways to win it, which makes the game fun as you come up with different strategies to obtain it. With that said the AI here is no joke. They’ll take advantage of any mistake or weakness you have and go straight for the jugular. It keeps you on your toes and is honestly a welcome change of pace for many mobile games. There are 20 levels in campaign mode, but if you manage to beat all the maps you still have 29 multiplayer maps to play either 2v2 or 4v4.




Its obvious Risky Lab put a lot of time polishing this game and it shows. The graphics are top-notch and blends sci-fi elements with vector art for a bright and very retro feeling game. The writing, often a side note in many mobile games, is witty and kept me smiling. Add into it the super catchy background music and great sound effects and it’s hard to think of another mobile tactics game that even comes close to being as good as Warbits.

There are strategy games with deep experiences and then there are simple ones. Warbits manages to be a great intro strategy game for new players to the genre, yet fun and endearing enough to make old vets smile and enjoy the experience.


Pros
  • Witty dialogue

  • Deep strategy based around unit and enemy types

  • Endless replayability

Cons

  • Very punishing AI

  • Steep learning curve

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