Warlords: Call To Arms

Posted April 25, 2010 6:16am


4 of 5 bars
  • PRICE: $0.99
  • SOUND: 4
  • CONTROL: 5
  • FUN: 4
  • VALUE: 5
SUMMARY: Command your army into battle in this highly addicting strategy action game

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In Warlords: Call To Arms, you play the role of commander, as you lead your army onto the battlefield to defeat the enemy and take over their land. It’s a fast-paced strategy game that forces you to think about which one of your units is best equipped to deal with a certain type of enemy.

You start the game with only a few different unit types to fight with. As you progress and start to win battles, you’ll earn money to buy additional units and upgrades. Before you can start battling, you’ll need to choose one of eight different races. These are the standard races you’ll find in most games of this genre: elves, orcs, trolls, undead and humans. There are also different types of the same race. For example, for humans, you can choose between the human alliance and the men of the west. Each race has its own strengths and weaknesses, which are explained in detail before you make a final selection.

The controls consist of selecting a unit type and tapping on a lane to send them to fight in. There are invisible lanes that run horizontally across the screen. When you see an enemy, you’ll want to place your unit in that same lane so it can attack. Once a unit is placed in a lane, it stays there until it either makes it across or dies. Units that make it all the way across will cause the enemy to lose territory points. Territory is displayed at the top of the screen in the form of a multicolored bar. The more units that penetrate the enemy territory, the more the bar moves and the closer you are to victory. If the bar moves all the way to your side, the battle is over and you lose.

This game really puts an emphasis on strategy, forcing you to make quick decisions about what type of unit to match up with a specific enemy. For example, a weak spearman will have no chance against a mounted unit. There are also situations that must be taken into account. For example, a cluster of enemy archers will most likely defeat any type of infantry unit marching across the field at a great distance. It would be smarter to wait for the archers to get closer so your units won’t have to travel as far to get to the enemy. There are many situational decisions like this that need to be made quickly during the game. As a result, the game can be quite challenging at times.

The graphics and sound really aren’t anything special, but they are adequate enough to keep the game immersive. The graphics aren’t what make this game so addicting anyway, it’s the solid gameplay and excitement of commanding an army to take over different territories by crushing the enemy. It becomes so addicting and even when you lose a battle, you’ll still feel the urge to quickly start it up again to try a different approach. This is easily one of the best strategy action games available today.

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