iPhone Game Friday: Strategy Games

This week’s iPhone Game Friday brings with it a roundup of those games that fit into the category of strategy. As usual, we have tried to keep the roundup as varied as possible and so this week we have both new and old games, including Sim City, the slightly weird Waffle Story and Plants vs. Zombies among others.

If you like any of these games or have recommendations of your own, let us know in the comments below. For those of you who want your own game reviewed, send us a message using the links on the right hand side. We will be bringing a round-up of user-submitted games next week.

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies

Plants vs Zombies

A game that really needs no introduction, Plants vs Zombies is a new take on the tower defence game genre. Your home is under attack from a plague of the undead and all you have to stop them are some special garden plants.

Zombies have different strengths meaning you need to plan your defence carefully as you never know what is coming next. With 50 levels to complete and 26 different types of zombies to face, there is a lot to keep you going in one of the iPhone game hits of the year.

Price: $2.99
Developer: PopCap Games
Download: App Store

Virtual Villagers 3

Virtual Villagers 3

Virtual Villagers 3: The Secret City

This is the third release in the Virtual Villagers series came out last October and is a port of the Mac/Windows title . You lead your tribe in a real-time environment, developing houses, researching technologies and hunting for food, helping them to grow and explore the ruined city.

The game continues even when your phone is off, so you must check back to ensure your villagers are developing their skills. There are many different challenges you encounter throughout the game as you watch your villagers grow old and have children, and there is much to discover as you investigate the mysteries of Isola.

Price: $1.99
Developer: Last Day of Work
Download: App Store

Waffle Story

Waffle Story

Waffle Story

This game made me smile, it’s just been released by RealNetworks and I was drawn in by the odd name and lovely isometric graphics. Essentially it is a food service game, whereby you have to serve customers the correct orders to keep them happy. However, there is a storyline as well; you play a young girl who has to help support her boyfriend while he looks for a job.

You can earn upgrades to give you better skills and must ensure that the affection rating does not fall to zero, otherwise the game is over. It’s different, slightly weird, but also a nice game to play, although the translation leaves a little to be desired.

Price: $1.99
Developer: RealNetworks APAC
Download: App Store

Sim City

Sim City

Sim City

A classic in the world of computer games, Sim City has been available on the iPhone for the last year and has made the transition to the handheld reasonably well. Build and manage your city, face natural disasters and keep your residents happy.

The controls can get a little fiddly when there is sometimes a lot happening on the screen, however it has everything the seasoned Sim City player could want and will also appeal to newcomers to the franchise. Be warned though, it can be very addictive!

Price: $2.99
Developer: Electronic Arts
Download: App Store

Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail

I’ve included this one at the end just because it’s a game I used to play as a child. For those of you not fortunate enough to have played this classic, the aim is simple; you must guide your family across the US to Oregon, ensuring they all stay healthy, while completing mini-games and facing challenges along the way.

You must hunt for food, ensure you take enough rest and set the speed of your wagon to make sure you reach the end with as many family members alive as possible.

The graphics have been brought right up to date with a colourful cartoon style and the mini-games, such as hunting, fishing and panning for gold, have all been adapted for the iPhone’s technology. It may not be as challenging as the original, but it’s still good to reminisce

Price: $4.99
Developer: Gameloft
Download: App Store

What Have You Been Playing?

Hopefully there was something for everyone this week, especially for those of you who like your strategy games.

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