Possibly the most unfortunately named game on Android Market – if you know of any others incidentally, do let us know – Age of Wind 2 is set in a time where the outboard motor was the stuff of a madmen’s dreams and the currency of war was the cannon.
You start the game as a novice trader and immediately you’re set upon by pirates. Pirates that keep coming regardless of how many of them you kill off. Ultimately, you’re going to get sunk, and it’s then that the game proper commences. Your contacts at the local sea port give you missions to complete, which range from capturing islands, to taking down a fleet of pirates, to capturing ships.
You control your vessel using the phone’s accelerometer and that’s all wonderfully intuitive. To fire on other ships, you’ll need to be alongside them and then tap anywhere on the touchscreen to fire. After you’ve sunk an enemy, you can loot its hold for cargo and, crucially, better weaponry that causes exponentially more damage than your standard cannon, although you can only use these looted weapons a finite number of times.
During battle your ship will doubtless take some damage and you’ll need to repair it if you stand a chance of completing the subsequent missions. That requires money, which is where the trading element of the game comes in. You can buy and sell sugar, textiles, fish, timber and the like and trade them with other ports to cobble together enough cash to either repair your vessel or buy one that’ll hold more cargo and has more firepower. Incidentally, you can also upgrade your own boat at sea ports.
Age of Wind 2 has the magic word ‘longevity’ in spades and if you’re up for the challenge, then you could easily lose whole days plugging away at the whole pirate/trading thing. A good deal of your time, though, is spent sailing to your targets before you actually wade into the action, which can be a little on the tedious side, although we found is was a good opportunity to write the review you’re reading now, so if you’ve got some paperwork to catch up on, you can always do that… One-handed…
Age of Wind 2 has plenty to offer, with 17 ships and 21 different islands, there’s a whole bag of challenges on offer. The only question is whether you have enough free time to devote to it…
The Bottom Line
Lovingly coded and brilliantly executed. Age of Wind 2 has so much to offer but requires some serious commitment to progress.
Version reviewed 2.3
Requires Android 2.1 or higher