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Hunters: Episode One [HD] review (iPad)

February 23, 2011

“If you wanna step up, you’re gonna get knocked down”

10 word description: Top-down, turn-based strategic futuristic infantry combat: Space mercenaries.
10 word review: Highly polished; engrossing; simple interface, deep strategies. Awesome game!

Outside the combat, there's a ton of levelling up, upgrading and gear tweaking to drool over.

You will like this if you enjoy: Turn-based combat, Original Fallout/Fallout 2 combat, Wargaming, Sci-Fi (combat), pretty much any videogame involving large, small and medium guns and bloody great sledgehammers.

Tap to move, tap to shoot. Tap to smack with a massive sledgehammer. It's fun from the very first turn.

The good news: This is one of the best turn-based games I’ve ever played, on any platform. The fact that it’s available on the i-devices is reason alone to celebrate. I learned some of my best tactics watching what the AI enemy soldiers did.

"We're a rescue team, not assassins" ... Yeah, right.

The bad news: There will be those for whom the 24 hour mission refresh, optional in-app purchase of credits and the “I’d buy that for a dollar” advertising, no matter how unobtrusive and well-integrated into the game menus, will be cause for a frothing meltdown on the usual forums. Ignore these people, they just don’t get it.

When a Hunter levels up, you get the option to upgrade their current weapon.

Arcadelife verdict: Fantastic. Truly, this is a great game. I tried to restrain myself from going too over the top in the hands-on preview because I’d only played it for an hour or so, but this game is really very, very good. Forget the in-app purchases and adverts, you will only see them if you go looking for them. They DO NOT matter, ok? I only mention them (again) because I know people are going to try to highlight them as some kind of evil conspiracy, but what you need to understand is that this game is so incredibly polished, detailed and outright fun that you just have to try it. It’s free anyway, until you hit the level cap, at which point you will be so hooked that you won’t want to leave it alone.

... and I only lost two of them that time; let's have a party!

If you missed it in the preview, you can rename your team and all the individual Hunters. The screenshots I’ve taken are not evidence of blatant copyright baiting, I changed those names myself. Just in case you were wondering.  

Have fun spotting all the quotes, references and nods to the inspirational material...

iTunes link for Hunters (iPod/iPhone)
iTunes link for Hunters HD (iPad)

Rodeo Games website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed Hunters: Episode One on an iPad, running OS 4.2.1.
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