We have a tendency to like all issues area round right here, and that is why we’ve got critical discussions about whether or not the Orville or Star Trek Discovery works higher, and video games like Out There are fully irresistible to us. So it must be no shock that as quickly as Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander launched on iOS late final week, we snapped it up immediately. The sport has loads of completely different parts – you get to construct a ship and command area fights, handle motion on the bottom, and rather more; there is a contact of Out There to it, and a little bit of Fallout Shelter, and it feels somewhat bit like a traditional sci-fi TV present. There’s a way of humour, and the cartoon-like visuals are charming.
Your essential goal is to reclaim and rebuild a derelict area station left behind by an alien race, with the problem of an impending alien invasion hanging over head. You want to make use of diplomacy to seek out new allies, whereas researching new applied sciences that make your forces stronger, and collect up assets alongside the best way. All of those actions take time, and a giant a part of Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander is simply balancing the wants of base constructing with exploration, and fight. However, the gameplay is pretty easy with instructions issued by means of menus that make it straightforward to make use of with a touchscreen.
Base constructing is a enjoyable a part of the expertise as you construct rooms and perform analysis, and it really works loads like Fallout Shelter. But that is just one a part of what you are doing. You’ve additionally obtained to assign fleets of ships (and the crews that run them) to completely different stars, to discover, discover assets, discover potential allies, and battle your enemies. Along the best way, you must assign crew-members to completely different stations of your base or to ships – and this opens up the fight sections because the crew members and the ships convey collectively completely different bonuses to create a reasonably complicated sport of rock-paper-scissors as you face off in opposition to any variety of enemies.
Most of the issues described to date all occur by means of procedural era – because of this every play-through feels distinctive. At the identical time, as you cross sure milestones, it triggers story occasions that construct up a bigger narrative of impending doom, and though it is fairly easy and cliched in elements, it is a enjoyable experience that is helped alongside by a tongue in cheek tone and a gradual sense of humour. The varied alien races you meet add loads to the sport, as all of them have their very own story, and assist maintain issues recent.
In phrases of “content” there is a loopy variety of issues that you’ll want to do, many encounters that you’ll want to have, all whereas unravelling the story. Your crew members purchase traits and talents as they achieve expertise, and that may have to be juggled so that you’re getting essentially the most out of them. Combine that with the bizarre characters you will come throughout and you find yourself with a really partaking sport by way of each mechanics and narrative.
We’re additionally followers of how the sport seems – it isn’t precisely pixel artwork, but it surely has a particular retro fashion, and, if you’re a sure age, it seems loads like cartoons you watched in your childhood. The screens are straightforward to learn and using vivid colors and outsized heads on characters makes the excessive violence look like healthful enjoyable.
It’s truthful to level out although that this sport is to not be taken calmly. As talked about above, there are loads of various things that you’ll want to do within the sport. You’re constructing the bottom, managing analysis, exploration and away missions – and you’ll’t actually neglect any a part of it. The sport is not enjoying our in actual time so you may at all times cease and take into consideration what to do subsequent, however a lot of its particular person parts may very well be became full fledged cell video games with somewhat tweaking.
At first although, the sport is fairly easy, and solely builds up steadily, so that you should not be overwhelmed. The battles are significantly gratifying, and surprisingly deep. The ships have their execs and cons, and might work collectively to improbable impact, they usually’re additionally upgradable, together with the star-base. Your crews additionally achieve new skills in the event that they survive, and consequently the sport retains evolving as you play.
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander is a common app that may run on each your iPhone and iPad, and we examined it out on the latter. The massive show makes it straightforward to make sense of every part that is taking place on the display screen, and the contact interface feels extremely intuitive.
Priced at Rs. 550 ($6.99 on the US App Store), Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander is barely on the costly aspect for a cell sport, and its worth on Steam (for PC) is Rs. 479. Still, that is not a lot of a distinction, and we felt that the contact interface works rather well, so it is value paying that little bit additional when you have an iPad. On the iPhone, the smaller display screen will make it much less interesting, however when you’re used to enjoying technique video games on the cellphone then this also needs to be advantageous. There are not any in-app purchases and no timers both, so it is pay-once and play.
- Surprisingly deep gameplay
- Fun visuals, and humour
- Very replayable
Score (Out of 10): eight
Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander is out now on the App Store priced at Rs. 550. You can even purchase it on PC through Steam.
Adapted From: Gadgets360