- Unique environments that challenge your ability to adapt.
- Content unlocked from the get-go; tackle the 'campaign' or go for broke endless-style.
- Fun, unlockable 'ammunition' to add variety to the game.
- Slow paced gameplay; siege weapons are slow, but everything else seems to follow the same slow beat.
- Relatively twitchy controls; turn off aiming assist at your own peril.
Siegecraft goes to show just how programmed we've become when it comes to flinging objects at things to destroy them; while on one hand there's satisfaction in a well-timed shot, there's not enough actually happening to make the game truly exciting.
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For the sake of posterity and for those who arrive at this review well after it goes online, Siegecraft by Blowfish Studios and Crescent Moon Games arrived during an eventful week resulting in it almost floundering. This isn't because it was ignored, but rather because it was released just before iOS 5 and the iPhone 4S, both of which being the optimal requirements for playing this game.
Performance patches have helped to smooth things out for fourth gen iDevices, but it's clear this game wanted to set a high standard and nothing less than the best would do.
So what do players get for all this overhead? Siegecraft is, much like you'd expect, a game involving sieges - in particular you must defend various objectives (in a neat twist, very few are actual castles) by deploying deadly volleys from a catapult or a crossbow. This may involve anything from simply destroying enemies outright, to destroying key landmarks to prevent their advancement.
Despite being in a 3D environment, very little about the controls will be unfamiliar to those used to the average catapult title like Angry Birds. Aiming and firing are determined by holding down on one of the two weapons and dragging away from it to set the angle and power. A reticule will show you where your shot is likely to land - this can be turned off to earn a triple 'coin' bonus.
As with any skill-based game, practice helps to even the odds when trying to conquer additional objectives for 'stars' on each level. These cut-offs range from time taken to accuracy and your overall score, with coins being rewarded to be spent on upgrades for each of your weapons. Unless you're a crack shot without the aiming reticule, this becomes yet another grind.
Of note are the two endless modes with the player taking down a zombie horde or more traditionally defending a castle. Most basic maps feel too slow to remain exciting, however the endless maps can provide a level of challenge that otherwise feels missing.
If anything, Siegecraft's real success is in its novelty of level design, packing in various situations such as defending a harbor; a critical valley chokepoint; or even assaulting an enemy stronghold. Unfortunately the game lacks the real weight of impact or pacing to grab a players attention beyond a full clear.
Description#1 iPad game in 15 countries!
#1 Strategy game in 39 countries!
iPhone Gamer UK 5/5
"Beautifully lush graphics and great music mixed with bucketloads of blood and mass destruction,with a dash of wicked humour and a whole load of fun gameplay."
Slide to Play 4/4
"Siegecraft lobs a flaming cannonball into Angry Birds territory."
148 Apps 4/5
"Hypothesis: hitting stuff with a catapult is awesome. Evidence: Siegecraft."
Internet Gumshoe 81%
"Siegecraft is a twist on your standard defence game"
SIEGECRAFT is the ultimate 3D physics-based game! Lay waste to your enemies using crossbows, catapults, battering rams and more.
Simple to pick-up and play with plenty of content to keep you entertained for hours.
You are the best siege team money can buy. Work for each race as they rage war on each other. Perform well to get paid more and buy awesome power-ups and upgrade your siege machines!
Exquisitely created environments and 3 unique races to play, Knights, Vikings and Samurai. Each race has their own campaigns to battle through and hand crafted units, buildings and scenery. Embed yourself in each world with unique warriors, weapons, buildings and monster bosses! Did someone mention mountain trolls??
FINALIST “BEST GRAPHICS” UNITY 2011 AWARDS
IOS 5 FEATURES
Turn-based Multiplayer! Battle friends or random enemies and grab loot whether you win or lose.
iCloud synchronization for weapon upgrades and star achievements across all your iOS devices.
MORE LEVELS THAN YOU CAN SHAKE A STICK AT
6 Campaigns, containing 25 unique levels!
1 Beginner campaign
3 Story driven campaigns - Knights, Vikings and Samurai
1 Endless/Survival campaign - You know you want endless Viking zombies!
1 Multiplayer campaign exclusively for iPad users!
SPECIAL CATAPULT ITEMS
Want to lob a cow at your enemy? Go for it. Troll’s head? Got it covered. Flaming dwarf??? Not yet...
CONSOLE GRADE GRAPHICS
Never before seen graphics on a mobile device. Real-time water reflection and refraction create a stunning environment. Hollywood style bloom effects and high resolution textures for the iPhone 4S and iPad2.
UNIVERSAL - WITH EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FOR IPADS
Siegecraft is crafted to look as good as it can be for each individual device. Plus iPad owners get exclusive multiplayer levels where 2 players can battle it out on a single iPad!
COMPETE TO BE KING
Challenge your friends on your iPad and stand above other would-be-kings on the Game Center Leaderboards!