Review Tile Temple Tactics
A modern update to an ancient board game
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 28 May 2017, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Neat graphics, multiplayer mode, really addictive, simple controls
Needs to be elaborated, lags a bit
Tile Temple Tactics for Android is a challenging game of strategy and wits. This would be good fun for players of all ages. Play head to head in person, via online multi-player or against the computer. Either way, it’s challenging and fun. This one makes you think and may even brush up your basic math skills.
Tile Temple Tactics is apparently based on an ancient game. This updated version adds a very cool interactive map to advance the levels in an interesting way. The graphics are very good and the animation is smooth. They did a really good job of taking a static historical game and contemporizing it into app form. It’s very interesting to watch and play, and requires strategy and skill to master. This is the kind of game kids through grandparents will appreciate and anyone can win if they play well and think it through.
The game board is basically a grid with a set number of tiles on it. It starts out with 9 tiles, each with a given number. The object of the game is to select the highest value tiles possible and beat your opponent’s score. Things get tricky fast though, because the tiles you choose dictate what move your opponent can make next, and on it goes. And therein lies the strategy; which tiles do you select to up your own score, but perhaps hamper your opponent’s next choice. As the game advances, the number of tiles on the board increases, and they even add negative numerical values, so you have to count and keep track not only of moves, but of numbers. It’s all very interesting and the game's classic origins remain intact on this modern version.
Tile Temple Tactics is a lot of fun. No shooting, no overblown graphics or animation to assault your senses. This is just a simple, straightforward board game that relies on strategy and wits. The soundtrack is nice and accentuates the mood and feel, and the modern map and graphics are really a nice touch. It’s a very nice game and addictive too. It should be a good one to come back to again and again. Yes, there are upgrades that cost, but none of them existed when this game was created, so they really aren’t necessary to enjoy this game.