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By Mairie "Mary Appins" Heijnen on February 7, 2018

That I suck at tactical games has been proven time and again in the past and it looks like it's going to be proven once more by a wonderfully fun app called Tactical Monsters: Rumble Arena. I just can't beat some levels even though they aren't all that difficult yet. But that doesn't mean the game can't be fun. It is even more "fun" because I can put more time into it than an average person does, just because I need more tries to get through one level. But let us not focus on my failures (I don't like that, to be honest) but let us instead focus on the success of this fun app.

They major success of Tactical Monsters comes from, in my humble opinion, the fact that it combines several aspects of good app games. First of all, there are multiple levels in one "chapter" and multiple "chapters" in the overall game. So far, I haven't been able to get through the first world so I don't know what they are all called or even how many there are. What I do know is that you'll never need to run around looking for battles or quests. No dear readers, there is always another level (and fight) waiting for you to click on.

Besides going through the single-player campaign, there are a number of other things for you to do in Tactical Monsters. You can battle against players from all over the world and earn super rare monsters. You can also engage in a little something called Guerrilla Warfare, which is basically a never-ending series of boss-fights. You can play all these modes, and even more. if you can get through chapter 1, that is. which, again, I couldn't. so yeah. this review will be just about the part of the game I could access, which still is fun but not that big.

Apart from the campaign, you can enter a training facility and start to hone your monstrous skills. These bootcamps/trainings help make you a more skillful player. Again, for most people. but alas, not for me. I even managed to fail at these trainings. But I did pick up a thing or two along the way that I could (and should) use during my battles but, yes you guessed it, forgot. This, of course, resulted in another loss. Nevertheless, I had fun while getting my ass handed to me time after time, so let's take a look at the portion of the game I managed to play!

The game itself is pretty straightforward, which is always a very useful trait in an app game. You don't need to know too much to play it and the tutorials in the first chapter guide you through your first battles (which might well be the reason that I won those battles!). The battlefield upon which your monsters make their attacks is made up out of hexagonal spaces. Each hexagon is one "field" like in chess where a player can move to (if said field isn't block by an item). Your "monsters" are placed on the left side of the battlefield, while your opponent's monsters are placed on the right side. You can make use of several types of monsters of different levels, each with their own (special) abilities and attacks. During the game, you gradually collect more monsters. This is done by defeating enemy troops. If you have defeated one type of monster often enough, you get a card. This lets you add that specific type of monster to your own roster.

Besides collecting several different monsters you must also upgrade your monsters to make them stronger and to be able to win the battles at higher levels. Before each level, you can check if you can upgrade you monsters. Apart from that you can decide (within some margins) where your monsters are placed on your side of the board. This is probably one of the important tactical decisions in the game. Choosing which monsters to use against the opposing force (if you have more types of monsters than the number you may place on the board) is such an decision at which, again, I suck.

So even though I didn't get past level 8 of chapter 1, I can honestly say Tactical Monsters is an fun game which combines several cool aspects of other app games. Of course, you can buy your way to success. This could have meant that I would eventually be able to get past level 8 but, as I have already mentioned in several of my previous reviews, I am against buying stuff in-game.

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Camex Games
January 25, 2018