Real-Time Strategy Game of the Year 2017: Iron Marines04 Jan 2018 0
Weirdly, this was the only category where ‘Abstain’ grabbed the top spot. In a year where we had two Total War ports to iPad, it seems our readers really weren’t that fussed by the RTS offerings this year.
From the same people who brought you Kingdom Rush, Iron Marines is an RTS that adds in elements of tower-defence, squad management and an unfortunate smattering of IAPs. Still, it impressed Mark enough to get 4-Stars in his review:
The presentation is a joy to the eye. Environments pop with neon and colour in a way that you just don’t get with other RTS games and it really helps to make Iron Marines stand out. There’s just a ton of tiny details in the environment, the architecture, the aliens; Ironhide Games have some super talented artists under their hood and they really get to flex their muscles here. There’s a fair amount of experimentation to be had, with the game not going overly into detail about specific mechanics. It doesn’t matter too much here, as the early levels take less than ten minutes to complete, so poking and prodding at the game during this time feels welcome.
Congratulations to Iron Hide for a well deserved victory.
Runner Up: This Planet of Mine
Nick doesn’t do a lot of reviews these days, but when he does, it’s because he’s really passionate about a project. This Planet of Mine was one such game, and so it’s no surprise then that it came in second place. This interesting take on the 4X genre will have even the most casual of stategy player hooked, as he mentions in his review:
These shortcomings were not enough to keep me from getting sucked, at faster-than light speed, into A Planet of Mine. I spent several evenings, and a solid chunk of more than one workday, immersed in the game. It gives you plenty of short, medium, and long-term goals to pursue and it feels good to accomplish them and grow your civilization. The economic simulation is surprisingly strong and pleasingly complex, especially for a mobile phone game, and will keep you occupied for however long you care to devout to it. I highly recommend checking out the challenge modes because, at least there, you have a definite end point (though you do have the option to keep playing if you like). A Planet of Mine is a must-try title for any fan of 4x games. Play it, if you dare!
Staff Picks and Honourable Mentions
Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked got the next most votes in terms of the reader poll, and again the staff voted in-line with the readers.
The only exception was a vote for Rome: Total War: Barbarian Invasion, which brought the dark age expansion to iPad earlier in the year.
Congratulations to Ironhide and Tuesday Quest for their awards, we hope to see more from them next year!
To keep track of all the winners and runner-up’s during the 2017 Awards, please see the 2017 Awards Index Page.