While there are many games that push the boundaries of creativity and unique gameplay, Trouble in Tin Town definitely stands out. Trouble in Tin Town is a turn based strategy game for iPhone and iPad, based on the premise of “war” between various factions of childrens toys. Many of the toys are famillair classics from childhood stories and games, and there are also a bunch of new additions and unique takes on things like historical figures and dinosaurs. The three factions are “Historical Figures”, “Forgotten Island”, and “The Kandy Kingdom”. Each group has a very diverse set of characters, and each character has various upgradable special abilities, which means the gameplay is rarely stale.
The Historical Figures faction features such classics as Benjamin Franklin and Abraham Lincoln, whereas the Forgotten Island faction sports characters like “Finneas T-Rex” and “Banana Bob”. The characters are unique, funny, and all around awesome, and defintely make the game worth the purchase. While many mobile games seems to shrink away from putting more than the bare minimum of effort in storyline and content, Trouble in Tin Town takes it a step further with an in-depth and unique background to the gameplay.
There are a total of 26 fully detailed and diverse levels, as well as 24 characters to control, which gives the game a much longer average playthrough time than other similar titles. The gameplay is also smooth and fun, and generally superior to other turn based strategy games on the market. While the game can be challenging, the difficulty progresses well as you move through each campaign, and even at it’s hardest is still usually manageble.
The main thing holding back Trouble in Tin Town is the lack of multiplayer or general gameplay outside of the campaign. The developer, Jovian Minds, is working frantically to get multiplayer into the mix though, so thats something we can expect from the title in the near future. Lag can also be a factor on the larger maps, but the issue is sporatic and usually not severe enough to effect gameplay that much, so it’s not that big of an issue.
All in all, a pretty darn solid game compared to many other mobile titles out there, and with some tweaking and multiplayer it could easily be one of funnest games available on the iPhone and iPad.
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