Sometimes there are things that are born to get along together, as sci-fi and board games, for example. And as many sci-fi lovers are also active players of board games, and many tactical video gamers like the sci-fi theme, we’ve considered opportune to write down this list with the 5 best games we’ve found among the myriad of available games in the app stores.
In this list we are not going to deal with real time, Starcraft-like strategy games. Hope you don’t mind (and Kerrigan doesn’t rip out guts out by the way) we take on that in the near future.
5.- Star Command
Star Command was our favorite game when it was launched, because the mix of Trekkie winks, squeaking alien birds and the smell of plasma cannons in the morning was irresistible. Although it can only be played solo and the campaign could certainly be longer, it’s one of the jewels in the crown of mobile sci-fi.
One of the surprises this month, The Spatials is one of those games that silently appear in the App Store and you can miss if you aren’t paying attention. The Spatials mixes colonial management (aka The Sims in Outer Space) with exploring and gathering resources. Unfortunately, it’s only available for iPad so far, where it can be downloaded for… free. That’s why they say that money in the future will be outdated, I guess.
Even though it’s still in beta, this game lands directly at the second position of this list thanks to its vast credentials. It’s been developed by Cliffhanger (also working on Shadowrun Online no less no more) and illustrates perfectly what this kind of games should be: great animations, explosions and turn-based duels lasting for less than 10 minutes.
This was easy, because Space Hulk was great at the time and a faithful port was likely to keep all the original magic within the jar. Tiles, aliens, terminators (the good ones) and a detailed and deep gameplay make of this game one of our favorites. The nostalgia factor has had something to do indeed.
XCOM, the penultimate descendent in the long lineage of UFO games, can brag of many things, but above all, it’s an example about how to port PC and console games over mobile, even making you wonder if the original was coded thinking of touch screens or if this game found its perfect environment when it reached mobile gamers. Anyway, if you were looking for deep tactical gameplay, a sci-fi setting and a humanity to save, look no more. We’re in love with in XCOM and we proudly give it the top place in this select and a little bit elitist list.
Game Insight announced a few months ago X-Mercs, its own take on the UFO issue. Although it isn’t a subtle move at all, Game Insight has always been a standard for high quality, so we’re eager to see what they bring… on the table.
This article was written and published by AppsZoom editor Peter Warrior (@PeterWarrior_AZ), who played chess as a child and, in the end, plays other kinds of chess as an adult.