Review Allies in War
Highly developed combat with excellent graphics
Author: Jay Feldman
Date: 22 Jul 2014, tested on ASUS Nexus 7 (2013)
Quality graphics, exciting plot, interesting game play
Lags here and there, dependence on in-app purchases
Allies in War for Android is a highly developed combat game with a social networking element that turns online friends into actual allies in a globally shared game.
Allies in War comes from a game genre that has been done poorly more times than it’s been done well. Thankfully, this is one of the good ones. You are the commander of a somewhat modern looking military compound, yet your enemies strike an eerily similar resemblance to Nazis of World War II. Your mission is to build up your compound and defenses to stave off enemy attacks, while also training and equipping your troops to do battle.
The play unfolds in the familiar fashion of build this, evolve that, spend money to make construction speed up, or be deathly patient and play a good chunk of the game for free. I’m not a fan of manipulating impatience with a beggar’s hand, but that’s just how it goes with this type of game. If you are willing to play this game over time, a little here and there, you could probably get by without spending much of anything. However, if you really want to delve into this and play hard, get your wallet ready because it’s your most effective weapon of all. In the end, war costs money, so I guess that’s the price one pays to shoot big guns. I just don't like that money trumps talent, but then, that's life sometimes.
The controls worked well and the presentation is refined. It’s a pet peeve of mine when games like this lack an effective zoom control, but this one does it well, allowing you to zoom right in on any of the action and have the visual satisfaction of watching your troops throw down. The animation is refined and the explosions are as satisfying as they are grand. The game toggles back and forth between building up your compound and doing battle. But don’t get complacent, because attacks can hit home turf too.
The app definitely kills the ol’ battery, but it’s a slower drain than most, so it shouldn't hamper things much. The initial loads and install take forever, but patience is a virtue with this game, so you may as well just get used to it.
Allies in War is impressive, standing head and shoulders above other games of this genre. There’s a lot to conquer here, and even more to spend your money on. But if you’re a fan of the game, it may well be worth the cost to play.