Alien Path is the latest puzzle strategy game from Appxplore developer of previous hits like Crab Wars and Alien Hive. It seems like an alien planet is under threat from invading robots and it's up to you to defeat them by setting up a path for them to follow to destruction. The game plays on a grid, where you control your alien character and a few robots lined up at different spots. The board is plenty full but you have to note the two most important features, which are the arrows and the alien pods. You beat the robots by sliding your alien towards them dealing massive damage, using the arrows and changing its direction to guide you to the right place. If you slide by an alien pod, you can also release some projectiles to do a little extra damage.
While the core gameplay looks simple enough, the whole game is deceptively deep. First off, the alien you control has a life bar and an energy bar where you need to keep an eye on. There are life pods and energy crystals littered on the grid as well, so you have to occasionally make some detours. You can bounce off the walls and change directions, which allows a long string of attacks and item collection. Then are plenty of opportunities for combos where you can improve your currency multiplier at the end of the level. After playing a while, you will be given the opportunity to build a deck with earned power cards some battlefield advantages. Your aliens can also be upgraded with plenty of stats to play around with. To top it off, there are so many levels to conquer and when you are done with one planet you can simply move on to the next one. That's not even the end of the features; if I have to talk about every single bit of content this article would never end, so I strongly suggest you find out the rest yourself.
This is the kind of game that is easy to pick up and play but has plenty of room to tweak and upgrade according to your playstyle. While veteran gamers might find it straightforward, it can be daunting for newer mobile gamers. Someone who only plays Candy Crush might jump into this game and find it extremely daunting. I would still recommend it to new players though.The strategy and puzzle gameplay simple enough that if you can just be patient with the player progression part, you will end up loving the game.
Alien Path is available for free on Google Play in selected countries for now, a global release on a later date. You can follow its iOS development on the Touch Arcade forum here.