Tentacle Wars (universal, with separate HD iPad version) from FDG Entertainment takes strategy to the microscopic level in order to save a contaminated alien organism. It’s up to the player to take out the rouge cells by overpowering them in order to save the life form, and true to the strategy genre, this game will even frustrate the most clever players at times.
Players are presented with a battlefield of healthy, neutral and enemy antibodies. Depending on the size of the antibody, some will be stronger than others and it’s up to players to figure out the best way to overpower the enemy antibodies. Every healthy antibody begins with a set amount of power which can be directly used against the enemy, used to overtake neutral antibodies or used to power a healthy antibody that is attacking or under attack.
The player decides how much power goes from one antibody to the other by deciding where to cut the tentacle. Send more power by slicing the tentacle as far as possible from it, allowing the powerful part of the tentacle to be absorbed by that antibody.
When attacking an enemy, players continuously draw from other antibodies to help fuel the battle. Strategy really comes into play when faced with a disadvantage right off the bat, and sometimes it’s better to quickly jump ship from one healthy antibody only to let the enemy take it right away. When every level starts there’s about a five-second cushion where the enemy doesn’t attack, but after that, it’s an aggressive fight against a powerful virus.
Tentacle Wars has just 45 levels to begin with to start off and more are promised in future updates. There’s also a multiplayer option which I would have loved to try but, unfortunately, the game never responded to the request and never connected me to a game. Needless to say, Tentacle Wars is a short game as it stands but the intention to improve and extend replay value is there.
Despite its length, Tentacle Wars (universal, HD)is still a great buy for iOS gamers looking for something different to work their brains and fingers – it’s a challenging strategy game with a unique visual design and gameplay.