trenches 2

US iTunes, App Store, iBookstore, and Mac App Store

Format: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Developer: Thunder Game Works

When the original Trenches was released it did fairly well. For the most part it was pretty well received, but there was just a few nagging issues here and there that stopped it from being great. Still it was decent enough and Thunder Game Works are back and this time they have made some changes. But do these changes actually make the game better?

Trenches 2 looks amazing. I really dig the direction they have gone for here. They have not gone for a realistic type of look. Instead we get a somewhat cartoony look. But it is still very well detailed. A buddy of mine actually commented that the game looked like Metal Slug and I actually can see a little of that in the game.

Now before we talk about the game play. I have to say this game has one of the most confusing and god awful tutorials I have ever played. It is almost like they made then game then could not be bothered to make a proper tutorial. Now this is certainly not a deal breaker. But I am sure this tutorial may make some gamers lose interest before they have even played the game.

Which would be a shame because this is a game that while it does have a few flaws for the most part is a great deal of fun. The idea of the game is that you have a map of Europe and you chose which battle you want to take part in. The map then will branch out to more battles. I thought this was a really good idea.

Now the basic idea of each battle sees you start at one side of the screen and the enemy at the other end. You need to make it over to there side of the screen and take them out. You chose between English, French and German squads and each one has there own advantages and disadvantages.

Knowing which kind of soldiers to use is the way that you will win the battle. You have a great selection at your disposal. Gunners, medics and snipers are just a few that you can use to help you win the battle. But you can not just use this whenever you want. You are required to summon them and you can only do this a limited time each battle. So you will have to develop a strategy in order to use them most efficiently.

When you win a battle you will earn some points. These points are what you will use to buy new troops and improve the ones that you already have. Truth be told there is a great deal of tinkering that you can do with your squad before each battle, but I felt the game never really explained it very well. I had to stumble my way through the game in order to figure things out. Which is not that big of a deal, but again for some people I can see why this would be very off putting.

Trenches 2 is a very deep game and one that once you take the time to learn is really fun. I have spent a great deal of time with the game and I am always learning new things to help me out in battle. If you like war based strategy games then check this out. But please be warned there is a huge learning curve and you will have to figure most things out on your own as the game does not do a very good job when it comes to explaining things.

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