After already being amazed that Microsoft brought over one of its biggest franchises to Apple’s iOS devices, I can say I’m equally shocked that they released not only Halo: Spartan Assault, but their brand new follow up game for it called Halo: Spartan Strike. Building on the good parts of the first entry and fixing up the bad ones, Spartan Strike just might be the twin-stick shooter to beat on iOS.
Taking place after the events of Halo 4, this time players are placed in the role of an unnamed Spartan IV soldier that’s leading the UNSC forces against both Covenant and Promethean baddies this time around. You’ll need all of our skills that you picked up from Assault Strike (would probably help to play that or the tutorial missions here first) to fight your way through a combat simulation that takes place during Halo 2 on New Mombasa. Confused? So am I, but you’ll have a blast putting these bad guys away to even care about the plot.
For those who have played Assault Strike, you’ll be glad to know the controls and weapons remain mostly unchanged. If anything they’re a little bit better due to the controls being tightened up some. Players coming from the first game will immediately feel the difference, especially with the vehicle controls that feel nice and tight. You can also earn credits from missions to upgrade your character and weapons, and even make the levels harder in exchange for a bigger credit payout for those wanting to upgrade faster and love challenges.
Another area things have improved in are visuals, as things look a lot better and have more detail. A good example is how you’ll see other UNSC members fighting off enemies as you work your way through levels, while some others may follow / cover you as you run into a horde of baddies. The way the story plays out is better that Spartan Assault as well, as it tends to pull you in more with its cutscenes and making you fight through different parts of the Halo universe. Those looking for multiplayer will be sad to learn there isn’t any, but these single player missions should be more than enough to keep players focused and busy.
Halo: Spartan Strike takes the good and bad things about Spartan Assault and builds on them like any good follow-up title should do, making it bigger and better than the original. It would’ve been nice to top things off with some online multiplayer, but the upgrades, challenges, improved visuals and cool story make up for it and bring one of the best mobile action titles you’ll play this year.