World War Toon (WWT) caught my eye with its color world battlefield and promises of a fun turn-based strategy game. I'd heard it compared to Risk which is a game I've always wanted to play but never had the opportunity or time to experience so I figured this would be an excellent introduction to that style of play. Since I've never played the board game I can't state how well World War Toon adapts the game concept into a miniature version but rather I offer an opinion based on other bite-sized strategy games that I've played.
The game really only has one mode and it lacks options. You have the choice to play against three AI or human opponents locally. From there you can take turns populating the map with units but this can be a somewhat time consuming process. Since some people will want to jump right into the action there is a quick start option to that will automatically place the units for everyone in the game. There are three unit types (infantry, tanks, and artillery) and each is better matched against certain enemies. All players will take turns moving their units around the map and engaging in battles for world supremacy. The battles are very simple and consist of a dice roll that will determine who will win. There isn't much variety here and you will spend most of your time waiting for the other players to complete their turns.
My major complaints are with the difficulty of the game. There is no tutorial at the beginning and players are just thrown into playing so if someone had never played a turn-based strategy game they'd probably be lost. Also the dice rolls during combat were heavily weighed against me when I played and it often resulted in numerous, quick defeats. This might be due to my lack of experience with Risk and I know that a tutorial or tips would have been an appreciated feature for new players like me. I've played numerous other strategy games and the best way to challenge a player is through a combination of luck and skill but I felt helpless while playing WWT.
The lack of options in the game are disappointing as well. Besides the minor unit placement choice at the beginning of the game there are no other options at all. This lack of customization really hurts the experience since I would've liked to have seen more maps of varying sizes (even if it was randomized) as well as the ability to play online or simply customize the world and colors more. Since I didn't have any guests over playing against the AI got old.
While World War Toon has a nice basic premise it suffers from lack of variety and options. I think that customization would have taken the game to the next level and provided more replay value. Instead I tired of it quickly based on that coupled with the simple sometimes random nature of the battles that made it difficult for me to enjoy it. If you enjoy Risk then you might like the game but unfamiliar players may become lost or just bored.
It's not often that a strategy game can be formulated into quick, easily digestible bites but Neo Terra manages to do that well. The basic premise is you have to conquer planets while your opponent(s) try the same. It's so quick paced that some games only last moments so your skills are constantly challenged.
While there's no online multiplayer there are enough offline options to keep gamers coming back for more. At 80 Microsoft Points ($1) it's difficult not to recommend it. For big fans of fast paced strategy games and a nice challenge Neo Terra is a no brainer.
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Everything exudes high quality from the art style to the music and even the simple yet addicting gameplay. It's a great mixture of ragdoll hurling and pinball that gets more challenging and rewarding as you progress through the game. A+
This is the game that XNA was meant for. It rivals the best XBLA titles and I hope that the developer makes many more games of this quality.
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