Rogue AI is a defense style strategy game where your goal is to invade earth, destroying the entire human race. In this game, you will play as a machine, slaughtering humans in an all out bloodbath.
In the App Store description of this game, the developer mentions that it’s difficult even on the easy setting, and that is entirely true. This is not a game for those of you who are impatient or easily frustrated, because it is indeed quite a challenging title.
The developer says that he does not care for tutorials, and while he gives a small bit of information on how to play in the app description, it is not enough. There is no in game tutorial, and this game is not intuitive enough to go without instructions.
Your goal is to create buildings and turrets (with ultra simplistic graphics) to gather minerals and destroy enemies. Gathering minerals is done automatically with miners that are placed near mineral sources, and everything needs to be powered by power nodes.
Building is done by tapping a unit type and then tapping on the screen. You can move around the map by dragging with two fingers or tapping on the mini map. Selecting multiple units is no problem and can be done with a double tap or a drag, so in this regard, a tutorial was not necessary, but for the rest of the gameplay, it took some time to figure out.
For example, my mineral production simply stopped, with no indication that I needed additional storage, and when my solar panel was destroyed, there was no way to rebuild. There doesn’t appear to be a way to sell buildings to regain resources, and overall, I was not pleased with the amount of time that I needed to spend learning basic game mechanics. It was not, as the developer suggests, fun.
The game has three modes: survival, campaign, and suicide. The campaign mode is your basic gameplay, and it is divided up into a series of missions. To complete missions, you will need to fulfull objectives, such as “destroy Pluto.”
There are actually two campaigns – the one that instructs you to destroy all the humans and another featuring space hamsters. The main campaign has only eight levels, but they are hard enough that they will take some time to complete.
I did enjoy this game once I had gotten more familiar with how it runs, but it is overly difficult, so only those of you love tough strategy games should spend the money on Rogue AI.
What I liked: When you figure out all of the gameplay mechanics, it can be a fun game, but it takes such a long time to learn the game that many people may be put off from continuing to play.
What I didn’t like: The developer of this game may not be “a big fan of tutorials,” but I was frustrated with the lack of instruction. It isn’t super hard to figure out the controls, but strategy hints and tips would have been a welcome addition. Personally, I enjoy a good tutorial. When playing mobile games, people should not have to spend a significant amount of time figuring out basic information. Also, easy means easy. Why have an easy setting if it’s just slightly less hard?
To buy or not to buy: If you enjoy strategy titles and want to take the time to figure out how to play, you may like this game, especially if you’re looking for something that gives a significant challenge. I don’t recommend this game for casual players.
- App Name: Rogue AI
- Version Reviewed: 1.1
- Category: Games
- Developer: Rogue AI
- Price: $1.99