REVIEW – Amoebattle
A review by Jeremy Hardin
Version – DSiWare (eShop)
Time Spent Playing – 4 hours
Price – $4.99
Obtained – Review Copy courtesy of Intrinsic Games
Amoebattle is a real time strategy game (RTS) with a unique take on the formula. First off, the theme itself is a new take – you control those single cell organisms called amoebas, who have the ability to split themselves into new units and mutate into different types. Rather than collecting/mining materials and setting up base camps, players are tasked with wiping out the incoming infection by a simple war strategy, divide and conquer. Don’t let the word “simple” dissuade you from clicking the purchase button, because simple this game is not. In fact, 2 or 3 chapters in and you’ll see just how tough these microscopic organisms can be!
Now, before you go and replicate your units, be mindful that any amoeba that is well fed will deliver 20% more attack damage. So you have to choose wisely, how many units do you need to control in order to survive and how many do you need with an attack power up. I chose to replicate every chance I could, of course you are limited to controlling only 25 units at once.[break]
The visuals are bright, colorful and fun. The art style reminds me of something I would expect to see on a Saturday morning cartoon. The levels all have a unique theme and vibrant colors. I think that most fans of RTS games would expect to see Fog of War and Shroud effects, and I want to assure you that Amoebattle makes good use of the effects. The sound is alright, but not great. Unfortunately, the tracks were compressed to cut down on the price of the game so you can expect to hear some crackling in the audio. However, I still enjoyed the audio, but not nearly as much as I had hoped.
At first glance, AmoeBattle looks to be this cute and simple RTS game. However, looks can be deceiving and you’ll find that out by the 2nd or 3rd mission. AmoeBattle packs quite a punch for a little DSiWare game. Featuring 12 challenging (read as intense) missions, 9 different unit types, and over 600 pieces of art and animation you’ll have plenty to keep you busy and entertained for several hours.
Final Score: 5 out of 5