The iPhone has definitely been a burdgeoning platform for games. Some good, a lot bad, and quite a few in between as well.
Today, we’re going to tackle Stick Wars, in all its brevity. A quirky little title that will run you all of $1 for the full version.
The central concept of the game is simple. You have a castle. There are barbarians – represented by various incarnations of stick figures – running up to attack it. But if you think this is another tower defense game, you’d be mistaken. This one definitely takes a different path to its defensive gameplay.
Instead of building towers or structures to fend off the invading stick-men, you are tasked with actually grabbing the attackers with your thumb/finger, and throwing them up into the air. After a solid flick sending them skyward, they’ll come crashing down into a bloody pile. Or, if you’re feeling more vindictive, you can lift them up only to smash them right back into the ground for the same deadly effect.
As you progress through the levels, you’ll earn cash that can be used for upkeep and upgrades on your castle. The earliest upgrade available is a prison pen that you can drag and drop the attackers into. After capturing enough of them, you can release them in a rallied charge against their former allies, or with further upgrades, you can send them out with bombs, have them perform repairs on your wall, or even make them into archers and wizards for more offensive power.
While the game is most definitely novel and entertaining at first, later elements (like the aforementioned wizards) do not seem to control well at all. Every one of the wizard’s abilities seemed to only work intermittently, with the game failing to recognize my double-fingered taps (for conjuring a meteor) or double-taps on a stick-man for an instant capture. This was a tad frustrating, given that by the time you can afford these upgrades, you’re well into the game and in certain need of additional help to fend off the stick-man horde.
Still, for $0.99, I can’t say that I felt ripped off by Stick Wars at all. It’s a fun title, if not slightly flawed in its later elements, and there are millions of worse ways to spend a buck. This one is definitely worth picking up if you want a quick little game you can pick up and enjoy when you’ve got five minutes to kill.