Reviewing two exciting free to play mobile games

While this column cannot discuss remedies to combat the summer, it certainly can give you two games that can cool things down momentarily.

By Author  |  Aditya Deshbandhu  |  Published: 14th Apr 2018  10:45 pmUpdated: 14th Apr 2018  9:49 pm
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Voila! We are squarely in the middle of April, with the sun beating down and temperatures soaring; we all need something to blow off some steam (I am told a cold shower and some freshly squeezed sugarcane juice can do wonders!). While this column cannot discuss remedies to combat the summer, it certainly can give you two games that can cool things down momentarily.

The Battle of Polytopia

To put things simply, this is an Age of Empires, Rise of Nations kind of strategy game. Old school and wonderfully designed and executed. You have four races to begin word domination with and a well-designed tech-tree. Each race has a native location (prairie grasslands, frozen tundra, arid desert and the fertile plateau) and a native skill bonus to begin with.

There are two game modes, a 30-turn based adventure and a longer capture the world expedition, each of them is flawlessly designed.

The game-world is a wonderful blend as you will often find all the four land types bordering each other and the challenge to adapt can be a lot of fun. The music and sound effects are wacky old school like (think Dos games) but can become endearing over time.

There is a multiplayer game mode too but that needs a purchase to be unlocked (something I felt was fair considering server maintenance costs money), the game as such has no annoying ads. For those looking for a strategy game based on resources this can be fun!

Sneak peek

Title: The Battle of Polytopia
Developer: Midjiwan AB
Game Type: Single Player, Turn-Based Strategy
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: Free to Play with in-app purchases

Verdict

Innovative Gameplay: 4
Game Handling & Quality: 4.5
Value for Time: 4.5
Potential Progression without in-game purchases: 5
Overall: 4.5

What stands out
The turn-based strategy system
The immense level of thought and detail in a small game

Fails to impress
The combat system can be dicey at times
The final points tally system

Mekorama

Mekorama is Monument Valley with robots. The similarities are eerie despite the protagonist being a robot (as opposed to a princess) and the world being three-dimensional. The game design is top-notch despite its derivative premise and clearly inspired approach. What the developers, however, successfully replicate is the smoothness and simplicity as all one must do in each level is to reach the place with the red dot.
The music and visuals are impressive but cannot be compared to Monument Valley. The puzzles and challenges are extremely well thought and can be fun. However, the game lacks a certain polish and there can be a few odd hiccups.
For those seeking a free alternative to Monument Valley, this is your game!

Sneak peek

Title: Mekorama
Developer: Martin Magnini
Game Type: Single Player Puzzle Platformer
Platforms: Android, iOS
Price: Free to Play

Verdict

Innovative Gameplay: 3.5
Game Handling & Quality: 4
Value for Time: 4.5
Potential Progression without in-game purchases: 5
Overall: 4.3

What stands out

The puzzles are very well thought-out
The game resembles Monument Valley a lot
It is stunning visually

Fails to impress

The turning system needs to be fine-tuned