Multipods Escalation is a fun-puzzler that utilizes real-time strategy to challenge you to make on the fly decisions while keeping your eye on the prize. Most of the puzzles are easy enough to solve, but you can’t forget your enemies, the bugs. You must fend of the bugs and solve the puzzle. You are the main man of the crustaceans tasked with keeping your territory by killing off the bugs.
The game utilizes a simple tap-to-command control system. Each of your multipods have three basic controls; move, attack and defend. You utilize the map that is in a grid form to navigate your soldiers to where they need to be. A tap on a square and your multipod will go there, a double-tap and your multipod will defend that square and a double tap on an enemy will cause your multipod to attack the enemy. These controls must be used at the right time in the right place to be affective. Rambo style play works in the early stages but does not pay off in the later rounds. The game utilizes different mechanisms to change up the map design. A few examples of these mechanisms would be the buttons you must have a multipod land on to open a given door and a sort of teleport square that will send you to a corresponding point at a different part of the map. The use of these different controls and mechanisms help break up the game play and change the way you go about your business.
Multipods sports 45 bases of varying difficulty. The levels are all unique and challenge you to play a different way each time. Sometimes being the aggressor is the way to go while sometimes it is better to sit back and let the bugs separate themselves from one another so that you can pick them off in smaller groups. There are varying types of bugs, four to be exact to your six different multipods. Make sure you attack the right bugs with the right multipods or you will your tasks to be quite daunting.
The game is a puzzler at heart with a slight touch of real time strategy to change it up. The level design goes a long way into increasing the playability of this game. At first you might think the maps seem simple and find very little challenge but as you go the map design will prove to bring about new and exciting challenges that make you utilize the real time strategy element while not forgetting the puzzle element. At times it can seem like a lot to wrap your head around. You will need to think quick too because the bugs don’t stop attacking just because you are plotting your next move so don’t get caught napping.
Finally, I’d like to mention the presentation and overall feel of the game. The game is very fluid and had no problem navigating the controls and maps at all. The presentation, like most puzzlers, left something to be desired but I feel that that isn’t a huge deal because of the gameplay. The audio again is good but not great. It is certainly adequate for a game that focuses on the gameplay. I really like the fact that it ties into game center so you can unlock achievements and brag to friends. If you are a puzzler who likes a new twist to the challenge such as real time strategy I suggest that you give this game a try, it will definitely challenge your puzzle and strategy skills.
- Great Puzzles
- Adds the real time strategy element to puzzles
- Smooth controls
- Greater environment changes would be nice
- More Multipods or enemies would be cool
Updated: Apr 11, 2011
Current Version: 1.1.0
Size: 15.5 MB
Seller: Tristan Behrens
© 2011 Aztlan Games
Rated 9+ for the following:
Frequent/Intense Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 4.2 or later.