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My Army Review

By , on February 24, 2012


My Army
Download on the AppStore
4 out of 5

PROS

  • Gradual increase in difficulty as the game progresses.
  • The ability to draft your Facebook friends into your army, only to send them into mortal peril.
  • A healthy dose of upgrades and progression.

CONS

  • The tutorial plays on every game.
  • The placement of obstacles always seems to impose on your desire to collect more ammo.

VERDICT

A tilt based endless runner that ties in progression, upgrades and social media to create an enjoyable campaign.


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We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender etcetera, etcetera. When Winston Churchill gave that rousing speech to the House of Commons in 1940, he would probably have no clue that his words would be used to introduce the review for a fun little iPhone game titled My Army. Does it have any relevance outside the game starting on an Omaha-esque beachhead? Not so much, but it seemed as apt as anything else.

My Army starts off rather simple and slowly ramps up the difficulty through the consistent inclusion of new additions to gameplay. Initially you're just tilting your device to run your four soldiers around mines and barbed wire. Then the enemy arrives and you have to keep collecting ammo drops to shoot them dead. After that missiles and bomb drops try and hone in on your position, and following that, who knows what madness awaits. Between the tilting, tapping and swiping, survival becomes increasingly difficult as the sheer amount of things to watch out for on screen can become overwhelming. When death finally arrives, your squad earns rank upgrades and army points can be used to unlock uniforms and vehicles to aid you in liberating the forty-five countries being oppressed by the enemy.

An interesting aspect of the game is the links to social media. Using Facebook you can recruit your friends into your army and then the high scores, objectives, and achievements become something to share between the lot of you. Of course this can have the opposite effect if you keep purposely getting your friends killed, but I ask you, what kind of person would engage in such behavior?

My Army is simple to start playing and soon becomes quite addictive. The objectives and unlockables give you a reason to keep striving for the next country to be liberated, and the Facebook integration adds a personal touch to the proceedings. If you want to start quoting Churchill at the beginning of each run, we won't judge you.

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