I have to be honest, I’ve never had the chance to play epic strategy titles such as Civilization, but I have dabbled with some of the Age of Empire titles. Wastelands Interactive and Shortbreak Studios’ Planar Conquest seems to be a mesh of the two, as there’s plenty of customization for your character, cities, and more as you manage your resources in this game that will be hard to put down for those who love to strategize and conquer.
You start off by entering a war-torn world that takes place in a medieval fantasy setting, and it falls on you, a Sorcerer Lord, to either bring law and order to the chaos or become an evil tyrant that rules with an iron fist. Once you’ve chosen one the races to lead, you’ll be able to use the many menus on your touchscreen to make and place new units, buildings, and more as you explore and fight off a wide range of opponents to expand your empire. Anyone who enjoys tactical combat will be glad to know the action takes place on a grid-like field where you’ll touch and tap your way to victory. Of course there’s also the fun task of managing your resources such as gold, food, water, and yes, even taxes to keep your people happy and productive.
For this to be a mobile title, the amount of units, spells, character traits, etc are pretty staggering. As you progress, you’ll be able to summon troops from standard soldiers to dragons and god-like creatures to do your bidding. There’s so much to do and see, it can feel a bit overwhelming when you first start. But as the tutorial guides you through the gameplay, you’ll become more comfortable as you move on. Being a mobile title, the graphics, animations and sounds aren’t much to write home about, but they serve their purpose well enough to keep you engaged. And while the base game only features three main places to explore and four of the eight races you can choose from, they’re more than enough to keep you busy. But you can buy additional stuff as in-app purchases when you’re ready to take on new challenges.
If you’d rather play this on something else, you’ll be glad to know its coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 later this year. But in the meantime, if you’re looking for a complex Civilization-sized title for mobile devices, Planar Conquest is the strategy game for you. With all the things you can see and do, any who play might find themselves (and their time) being conquered by this big, little app.