Tactical Soldier - Undead Rising Review
- Slick 3D visuals and comic-book cut scene style.
- Easy to pick up gameplay; relatively intuitive controls and indicators.
- Character customization through a simple skill system.
- Selection delays/lag prevents quick selection of tactical maneuvers.
- Sensitive camera controls.
Tactical Soldier - Undead Rising is a competent tactical turn-based title, though its ponderous pacing makes it hard to enjoy without a lot of spare time.
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Watching the trends on the App Store can be an amusing hobby as it acts as a sort of miniaturized replica of the greater game market. Turn-based titles are getting their 15 minutes of fame at the moment and with a rich history backing up the genre there's plenty of room for varied games to shine. Tactical Soldier - Undead Rising by Full Control combines a 'science gone mad' storyline with a military base to give players access to plenty of angry zombies and heavy weaponry, though its sluggish pacing can make it a hard game to enjoy in short bursts.
Even if you're not familiar with tactical turn-based titles, the game makes jumping in easy with an intuitive touch interface and handy indicators to highlight your chances of success in combat, however omissions like the inability to manually reload weapons makes little sense and can put you at a distinct disadvantage when fights start. Needing to tap twice to confirm (most) actions allows players to consider their actions carefully, but a forced delay prevents actions from being performed quickly and animations can't be sped up making most fights ponderous, especially when you have to wait for zombies to finish their turns. This persists even outside of combat, making moving around stages with multiple characters a chore.
Much of the game's challenge will come from trying to move in a formation that provides defense while maximizing the effectiveness of your various weapons (including basic weapons such as pistols and ranging up to heavy weapons like machine guns). As you progress you'll earn skill points that can be used to specialize each member of your team, increasing their odds of survival and their accuracy with weapons.
As tactical turn-based games go, Tactical Soldier hits the middle ground in almost every aspect, featuring a thin storyline, basic combat and a simple upgrade system for some customization. The game's only real highlight is its 2D and 3D visuals, but even that is diminished by camera controls that make something as simple as rotating the camera challenging.
If you're itching for another turn-based title, Tactical Soldier - Undead Rising is a decent choice, but there's no reason to play it above any other similar game at this time.
DescriptionTactical Soldier is a tactical squad level turn based game where you control a group of soldiers trying to uncover the dark secrets of an army research base invaded by zombies.
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“If you’re looking for something new to scratch your tactical itch, then Tactical Soldier – Undead Rising is highly recommended.” - TouchArcade
“Tactical Soldier has been garnering some acclaim on the App Store lately, and it's well deserved.” - TUAW
“This game is definitely one to check out, for turn-based tactical fans, as well as zombie fans!” - Gamers Route
“Tactical Soldier – Undead Rising isn’t just another zombie-based iPad game; it offers depth and complexity that many of its predecessors lack.” - iPad n’ Gravy
“Thankfully Tactical Soldier takes it down a few notches and gives us what is basically X-Com meets the undead. [...] If you’re on the lookout for a nice tactical game to challenge your wits, Tactical Soldier is well worth a look.” - TouchMyApps
“Finally a zombie based game that rewards strategic thought! An inspiring approach to the genre for "true" zombie game aficionados. (the original Resident evil games etc.). Very highly recommended!”
★★★★★ - Romero Steel
“I was looking for an xcom styled zombie game the day this came out. Bought it instantly. Great game. Good 3d graphics and the comic style cutscenes were a nice touch.”
★★★★☆ - rob3d
“Anyone familiar with the Jagged Alliance, Silent Storm, Laser Squad or X-Com series is going to feel right at home with this game.”
★★★★★ - Canyonxplorer
NOTE: The game does not support iPhone 3G/iPod Touch 2nd gen or earlier
-- Features --
• Horror/Zombie theme.
• Full 3D world with detailed level art.
• Exciting boss fights.
• Different weapons for different play styles.
• Experience points and skill-ups on a per-unit basis.
• Enemies drop unique powerups.
• Action aware ambient sound system.
• Lots of unlockable achievements.
• “Pick up and Play” Mechanics.
• 7+ Hours of Story Driven Gameplay (+even more added in Campaign 2!).
• Game Center Integration.
• Universal iPhone (3GS and later) and iPad support.