Review Dark Menace
Another attempt to become the ruler of the universe
Author: Evgenii Kostrov
Date: 19 Apr 2017, tested on Nokia Lumia 920
Dark Menace is a very dynamic game of the category of real-time strategies in which you are to gain dominance in the universe by conquering planets. You will try to seize the uninhabited planets to increase the size of your army, and then attack the enemy planets and defend your own from those who decide to attack them. On each of your planets there will be a continuous cloning of battle starships, and the same thing will be going on planets inhabited by other civilizations.
GameplayFrom time to time, the enemy will try to take your planets and make a settlement on the free ones. In order to win a free or occupied by the enemy planet, it is necessary to send warships to it exceeding in number the figure that is at its center. With the free planets, things are pretty easy, as the figure upon them doesn't change, but on an enemy planet, as you already know, this figure will continue to grow, and as long as your ships are on their way to its orbit, they may be too little for the attack.
Features of the Dark Menace gameUnlike most analogues, in this game you will not see battles between ships met each other in the vastness of space. They will just fly past each other and try to take over the planet which they were sent to. On the one hand, this gives us confidence that the desired goal will be reached by exactly the number of ships that you have sent, and on the other hand, the enemy may as well get into your territory when you send half of your troops to the seizure of a foreign or neutral site.
If this is not the first game of such a category which you play, then surely you have previously used the method of waiting while seizing a neutral territory. That is, you first waited for the moment when the enemy captured a neutral planet, and then tried to destroy the new owner before he got a strong army. So, in this game, this trick will not work for one simple reason - to conquer another group of planets you will be given a little time.
ResumeWhile in the levels with two or three planets this wouldn't cause you much trouble, then with more planets you will be torn apart and very often lose not to the enemy but to the timer. In terms of graphics, the game is performed quite efficiently. All the action takes place against the backdrop of the infinite cosmos, and the planets seized by you and the opponent, differ in various shades. The soundtrack is composed pretty mediocre and is not anything extraordinary, but it at least doesn't bore you.