Mobile Strike Review: Your Strike is Mobile, Your Mobile is Striking2,996
Mobile Strike is an MMO RTS game that features the classic RTS gameplay without really adding anything new to the genre; it feels familiar to other mobile strategy games as a result but there are a few nice features in the game. However, these are not really enough to stop this game from blending in with the others in the genre.
Players view the game from above which gives them a full view of their base which is perfect for expanding and constructing new buildings. Away from this, there may seem there is nothing special about the graphics in Mobile Strike for Android. Download it and you'll see there is! The graphics suit the military theme of the game well even though some of the buildings look a little out of place and unrealistic as a result.
The background is easy to point out in the game as it almost looks painted onto the game and there are small humans walking around the base; these units don't look too bad but do have strange movements.
Mobile Strike for iOS and Android has a strong user interface; this is the best graphical stretch in the game and looks much more modern that the actual game graphics. The interface is easy to understand, well explained and finding the different options from the menu is simple. It's also easy to see how long the timers are for any upgrades or construction which is currently ongoing.
Mobile Strike follows the same gameplay pattern of other RTS games where the main focus of the game is to grow the base while managing resources and growing the base; without a steady supply of resources, the player cannot grow their base.
Collecting resources is done automatically from certain buildings; the player can construct a certain amount of these buildings which will periodically add to the resource bank. They can also be collected by completing quests, by successfully attacking other players or from gifts from other players.
Resources are spent for most actions in the game, players can only construct or upgrade buildings and troops if they have enough saved in the resource bank. Mobile Strike players can purchase more resources from the cash store which allows them to quickly gain a large amount to spend in the game.
All actions in the game are time-based; the player must wait a certain amount of real time before the action will be completed. This limits how much a player can do at once and there can be long periods of time where there is little to do as a result. As to be expected from this genre of game, players can also use premium currency to skip the wait timers which become longer as the game progresses.
Skipping wait timers gives players a clear advantage, it lets them obtain a large army relatively quickly while also making their defenses much more powerful than their neighbors'. Purchasing premium currency gives players a clear advantage and in a PvP game with a ranking board.
Players can complete a variety of missions and quests which act as an extended tutorial and guidance system; it works well for teaching newcomers to the genre and it's also rewarding for more experienced players. There are plenty of missions to select from in Mobile Strike for Android and iOS. This variety allows players to move at their own pace.
While players can progress as slowly as they like, they are still at risk of being attacked by other players; to protect the base, players need to upgrade and construct more defensive buildings. Recruiting troops is also a good way to increase the defense stats of the base but are also necessary for attacking other players in the game; to attack another player, the army needs to be sent to their base which also uses a timer. Successful attacks will reward Mobile Strike players with some resources and will lower the enemies defenses quite a bit which is perfect for working with other players.
Alliances are an important feature in the game, players are able to work together by joining an Alliance; many of these are competitive and actively compete for a place on the PvP ranking board. Players are able to share resources and troops through this system and can communicate in a variety of ways.
Communication is crucial in Mobile Strike so the developers have added an in-game translator that allows all players to speak with one another; the game automatically translates text into the players language, even in the global chat. This is a unique feature which works flawlessly for the different forms of communication.
There are no complicated controls in Mobile Strike, players use their fingers to browse the various different menu's in the game and to also select the different structures in the game. This is the standard control method for this genre of game which makes it dead simple to pick up and play for all users. The user interface is simple to navigate but there are a few buttons which are quite small and awkward to tap.
Most of the game requires the player to wait for timers to run out and during these periods, there are limited gameplay options available. As a result, the player needs to leave the game and do something else while they wait for the time pass.
Mobile Strike uses the classic mobile game RTS gameplay which makes it easy for players of other games to transition to this one also; the basic controls also mean that all newcomers to the genre will have no trouble playing the game.
Replay Value 5/10
Mobile RTS games such as Mobile Strike all suffer from the same problems; while these games are entertaining for a while, they do become tedious and repetitive due to the nature of the gameplay. The game revolves around wait timers which greatly detract from the gameplay experience, players need to wait a certain amount of time before they can do anything else.
Mobile Strike players will need to leave the game for quite some time, in the late game many wait timers are over one hour for each upgrade. While limiting how much players can do could increase the replay value, it doesn't detract from the repetitive nature of the game and the lack of genre innovation from the developers.
The Bottom Line
Mobile Strike is an MMO strategy game with plenty of city building and RTS gameplay elements; it puts players in an open world where they must grow their base and increase their strength. The game is socially orientated with a unique in-game translator that allows everyone to communicate with each other while also promoting Alliances. Players can compete in the world casually or fight with an alliance to rise through the PvP ladder.
While Mobile Strike brings nothing groundbreaking to the mobile RTS genre, it also makes it a nice game to leave running while doing another activity. Once you get hooked, it's truly hard to stop playing.
Pros : The in-game translation system;
Competitive PvP atmosphere.
Cons : Pay to win elements;
Slow and repetitive gameplay.
Replay Value 1.0