Review Timelines: Assault on America
A true blue RTS game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 09 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Has real RTS gameplay, there are tons of unit types, graphics look impressive
Resource intensive, the camera is stuttery, the tutorial over explains the game’s mechanics
Timelines: Assault on America is a real RTS game. I’m saying that because I’ve played a plethora of sudo-RTS games on the platform, but never had I ever made a direct comparison to a full fledged RTS like I did with this one. Now, the content itself isn’t original because here we have another WWII setting, very similar to Company of Heroes.
I’ve got to knock points off for the obscene amount of time it takes to walk through the tutorial, though. It’s basically an entire game, and if you’ve played an RTS game before then you’ll realize how long this can be. Fortunately, once it painstakingly makes you build every building and unit type, as well as explains every button and action, it leaves you to complete the mission on your own.
The amount of units and buildings in the game is pretty staggering. Maps are large, but they aren’t very memorable. The AI periodically sends patrols out to take the radar towers on the level, which is what builds resources so this is where players will find most of the combat. Unfortunately, resources are pretty plentiful, so I would often just skip straight to blitzkrieg their base or objective.
I also found that the game made my phone run really hot - almost to the point that it was uncomfortable to hold my phone. Also, the game is small and the developers recommend you play on a 7 inch tablet or something bigger. Finally, the camera was really stuttery. Initially I thought it was a byproduct of the tutorial, but it zooms around all over the place even afterwards.
To make a long story short, Timelines: Assault on America is a great attempt at a true RTS game on a mobile platform. It looks great and combat is fun to watch play out. Unfortunately, it’s not perfect. The camera acts funny and it’s pretty resource intensive.