Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Autumn Dynasty

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Finally a worthy Game App from Singapore worth the mention and time! Autumn Dynasty is a beautiful, clever strategy game for the iPad.
Autumn Dynasty began life as the work of a group of ridiculously over-achieving bright spots at the National University of Singapore,

And If you've got an iPad and you loveeeeeee strategy games, I seriously recommend giving Autumn Dynasty a go. It's an RTS set in feudal China. You're tasked with saving your Empire from civil war with judicious use of swordsmen, pikemen, archers, horsemen and catapults.
The game is beautifully optimised for the iPad's touchscreen. Finger-strokes let you draw a path for units to traverse to their destination, a circle lets you select more than one unit at once, and two fingers, slightly apart, let you scan around the map.
The key is construction sites. As you play, you'll come across places where you can spend gold to build farms, camps, forts and towers. Farms increase your gold income, camps let you field more units at once, forts let you build new units and towers let you fortify defensive positions. The challenge is in balancing up the needs of a situation with the few building sites in your possession -- especially when that situation changes over the course of a battle.

It's not just a single-player experience, either. You can play multiplayer games through the web or over Bluetooth, complete with voice chat, and if you do exhaust the story-based single-player campaign then it's simple to set up skirmish matches against AI opponents.

All of this is rendered in a heart-meltingly beautiful cross between a battle map and an oriental landscape painting, complete with brushstrokes on a canvas. The detail packed in is impressive -- units have distinct personalities, and it's easy to tell how well or badly a battle is going with a short glance. Best of all, it doesn't bombard you with demands to buy additional freemium items constantly -- what you see is what you get.

The game started life as a student project at the National University of Singapore, which was a finalist in the 2009 Independent Games Festival China student competition. It didn't win, but the team became part of Singapore-based studio Touch Dimensions, who teamed up with Bulkypix to bring it to the App Store.
It comes in at a mere £2.99 for a limited time post-release, but expect that to jump up after a while. For fans of beautiful, deep, strategy games that you can get lost in, it comes highly recommended.

Autumn Dynasty Official Trailer

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