iPhone Game Friday: Real-time Strategy

Game Friday this week takes a more specific look at one of my favourite genres of games, the real-time strategy game (RTS). Ever since playing Age of Empires and Command and Conquer on the PC back in my youth, I’ve always loved this genre. Thankfully, some bright sparks have decided to try their hand at creating RTS games for the iPhone, so we will be taking a look at 5 of them below.

Once again, if you wish to get your game reviewed, just send us a promotional code and we will give it a go. If we like it, it will be included in a future Game Friday edition.

Rise of Lost Empires

Rise of Lost Empires

Rise of Lost Empires

One game I’ve been playing a lot of this week is Gameloft’s Rise of Lost Empires, a game that was given away for free in their Happy Hour. You play as either humans or Orcs in order to complete the 20 missions spread across 2 campaigns.

The controls can be a little fiddly, however the game has a nice learning curve, enabling you to get to grips with the system before everything gets far too overwhelming. The graphics are lovely, the gameplay is incredibly enjoyable and, for less than $2, this is well worth a go.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Gameloft 
Download: App Store

Dragon Slaughter

Dragon Slaughter

Dragon Slaughter Episode III

Dragon Slaughter III is a bit of a weird game, not least because there doesn’t seem to be a Dragon Slaughter I or II, but also because it is more of a Tower Defence game. There are 10 different maps available across two game modes and also 3 difficulty levels to complete.

The game tries to follow a storyline by which you take on the evil Dragon King, enhancing your towers with one of 5 different powers to create one of 36 custom tower types. A solid little game which looks good and is fun to play.

Price: $2.99
Developer: rockifone.com 
Download: App Store

Command and Conquer Red Alert

Command and Conquer Red Alert

Command and Conquer Red Alert

One of the most instantly recognisable PC game titles for anyone who was around in the 1990s, Command and Conquer Red Alert made it to the iPhone last year. Cold War action pits the Soviets against the Allies across 12 levels in campaign mode and there is the ability to buy extra maps and an entire expansion pack from within the app.

Gameplay will be familiar to anyone who has previously played C&C and there is a local Wi-fi multiplayer available, but there are questions about the slightly high price tag.

Price: $6.99
Developer: Electronic Arts 
Download: App Store

Warfare Incorporated

Warfare Incorporated

Warfare Incorporated

Award winning Warfare Incorporated raises the bar when it comes to RTS games. With 41 single and multiplayer missions built into the app, there are over 350 add-on missions that you can download.

Unlike C&C, online multiplayer works worldwide on Wi-fi and 3G and you can even create your own maps to battle on using the PC based mission editor. If you’re looking for a cheap, detailed RTS then this is the one for you.

Price: $0.99
Developer: Spiffcode Inc 
Download: App Store

The Settlers

The Settlers

The Settlers

I know this is another Gameloft app in one edition of Game Friday, but I really love The Settlers. Take one look at the fantastic graphics and you will see why; it just looks brilliant. An adaption of the PC Game, you control settlers to a new land, collecting raw materials, building houses and trying to take over territory.

It plays very much like Age of Empires, although is quite challenging and not something you will just waltz through. The only downside I can think of is the lack of a skirmish mode, meaning that when you have completed the game, the only thing left to do is take it on again.

Price: $4.99
Developer: Gameloft
Download: App Store

What Have You Been Playing?

We always appreciate your feedback and suggestions for other games so please let us know what you have been playing in the comments below.


  • Vishu

    nice list!..i’m gonna try C&C and rise of lost empires for starters, honestly I didn’t know till now that such strategy games exist for the iphone!…thanks!

  • http://www.imleavingyoutheshow.com Justin Edge

    I look forward to these roundups all week Mark, thanks for taking the time to do them.

    Take a look at Angry Birds. It’s got a ton of 5 star reviews and, unlike most puzzle games, I can keep playing and playing the same puzzle and not get bored once they get very challenging in the higher levels.

    Graphics are beautiful, physics are challenging, and luck is essential.

  • http://nickish.com Nick

    I just play civilization on the iPhone. i find the other ones seem like the chopped out features i love, or the graphics look like they are from a 2005 gameboy, or the interface looks very difficult to use. Civilization on the other hand is almost a supped up version of Risk, so graphics, and loss of function doesn’t hurt so bad because the core concept is very plain to start with.

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