Engage in a strategic space opera that pits you against both human and AI players in an online environment.
Learn to manage your resources as you build your colony on a barren planet and eventually reach out for the stars.
Make decisions based on information you obtain on contested space to gather resources, launch attacks or join and form alliances in your quest to expand your colony and beat your opponents.
Mobile gaming has given the average gamer the option to play games on the go. Whether you choose to spend time in front of your PC or use your mobile device for gaming will be up to you. Most mobile apps however where designed with casual gamers in mind but every now and then, there comes a multi-platform game with hardcore to serious gamers in mind.
Colony Attack is such a game. It runs well on both PC and mobile platforms and it certainly is not a casual game. Not only is it space operatic but a Real Time Strategy Game as well. If you intend to play this game, you will have to give it time. It may not be up to par with hardcore Space RTS like StarCraft and WarHammer 40K but Colony Attack though delivering a less intense and pressured game play is as immersive and addictive as well.
To begin with, Colony Attack is a strategic management game. It does not rely on tactics where you control your troops in the battlefield in real time and make immediate decisions and formulate and implement your moves in the middle of the rumble. You can’t pull out your squad of Space Marines simply because the Necrons are over-running them. Though the basic core of the game is the same, the way you do it is very different.
Just like in the 2 aforementioned hard-core RTS games, the objective is to build up your colony, mine and harvest resources, upgrade your structures, build transports, fighters and other needed vessels, research on new technology, build better weapons and conquer territory. The similarities however end there as Colony Attack diverges into focusing more on the building of an empire. You are a leader concerned with the overall picture on a larger scale as compared to a battle field commander who has to implement said defense or attack in the midst of combat.
The game has 4 important resources to watch out for, these are namely Titanium. Power, Plasma and Nanites. You will have to build mines for both Titanium and Plasma, several power plants to provide you with the energy you need and earn Nanites or go into combat to acquire them. You start of with a barren planet which you have to develop while building plants and other structures like a research center, an armory, and a fleet shipyard. You then have to upgrade all of these to increase your production. Once your colony or facility is able enough, you then launch for the stars. Titanium is important as you’ll need it to build your ships. You can build fighters, transports, cargo and other vessels. Having an Armory enables you to build huge capital warships like Carriers and Dreadnoughts.
You then access space through the Galaxy Option where you can view a map of contested space. Build up a fleet and invest a lot in shielding. It may cost you to do this but will save you time and regret in the long run. When a threat is discovered like several fighters or attack vessels heading towards your home world, you should have fighters or interceptors ready to defend. Building a number of them will give you ample protection. The Nanites function like in-game currency and you earn this by either completing specific missions or attacking swarms. There will always be medium to heavy casualties when attacking or defending against large forces so one should always be ready. Once you send your ships out to complete missions, they will operate on their own whether they succeed or be destroyed trying. The outcome will depend on the strength and number of your ships against the opposition.
Aside from the mines, you can harvest resources from outer space. You can get Titanium from asteroids and space debris. Stars can be harnessed for acquiring power or energy which sometimes can also be found among debris. As for Plasma, you’ll have to head for the nearest Nebula to gather these. By clicking on the Mission Options, the game will provide you a least of objectives to complete in order to move on in the game.
Game play is a little bit laid back as it takes several minutes to hours to perform specific tasks. Note however that the game is online and ongoing and will continue even if you have logged out. As it is online, other players are playing the game as well. The social component provides you the option of chatting with the others, making friends and joining alliances. If you have acquired enough experience and already have a sizable and strong colony, then you can start an alliance yourself. A leader board is provided so you can view the other active players and how successful they are with the game.
The game has some cool animations and the sound effects are adequate. The music though is space operatic though somewhat sounds like StarTrek. Colony Attack is free2play on FaceBook, IOS and Android devices though you have the option of paying for a premium subscription that will give you access to advance ships and resources not available in the free version. Also, the time to process or complete task is considerably reduced giving a huge advantage over the free2players. Either way, you can also go up against other players and the game’s NPC’s as well.
If you love strategy games and can provide for the time to really get into it, you might as well try this game. Getting the hang of it won’t be that difficult as the tutorial at the start will give you enough to learn the ins and outs of the game.