Jack of all Tribes HD Deluxe (sold separately for iPhone, $2.99) by G5 Entertainment is a simple RTS (Real Time Strategy) and time management game set in prehistoric times, with lots of character and personality.
In Jack of all Tribes gamers play as hero, Jack, who needs to achieve specific goals – these can be gathering food, getting gold, building, upgrading or destroy builds, scaring enemies, or exploring and finding new items.
To do this you have a tribe to boss around.They will do whatever you demand. If you don’t have enough manpower it will queue orders, until you get more. Players need to collect wood and gold to build and upgrade houses, bars, baths, dinosaur pens, and farms.
You also have to defend the tribe from enemies – who take about ten hits to scare away – across 40 levels. Or, alternatively, you can use your trusty dinosaur to scare them away and defend your cave-workers. The theme and story are original and integrated into the game well.
Jack also has to explore caves, ships and other landmarks to find hidden items. Doing so triggers mini-game similar to “eye-spy” which is a nice change of pace.
Here is a video from G5 that shows you everything you need to know before you buy it:
I enjoyed this game because it is a casual resource management game involving a simple goals system. It’s a more relaxed offering then most games in this genre that require fast reflexes.
The problem with this game is it is a bit repetitive. But, the addition of the seek-and-find elements reduces that and new elements are introduced about every third level. And, sometimes it’s not clear if you are in prehistory or a fantasy world, because in my history books dinosaurs and pirate ships didn’t exist at the same time, but who really cares, as long as it’s fun.
The game is quite simple and very cute, so it will cater to younger gamers who love the dinosaur and caveman thing. And, while it’s not a kid’s game, it’s not frustrating – you cannot actually lose levels.
But, for serious RTS and time management fans, scores are based on time, not completion. Players get full marks for accomplishing all the goals in a set time, and for collecting certain resources and scaring enemies away.
All in all Jack of all Tribes, is polished, has some cool twists on a common theme, and it can cater to anyone, of any age, looking for a new RTS game to play. It is well worth the pick up if you have many gamers, especially young ones, in your house sharing you iPad.
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