first-strike
Metacritic: 79/100
Release: Mar 2014
Reviewed on: iOS

First Strike

Site Score
7.5
Good: Watch your missiles fly across the globe – Simple but enjoyable strategy elements
Bad: Pacing is a little off with too many provinces
User Score
7.8
(4 votes)
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First Strike takes strategy to the nuclear level with a mobile title that has you researching deadly weapons and launching them against countries. Available for iOS and Android will you be the “winner” in this world ending scenario?

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While just a game First Strike has some strong messages for you to internalise about our own ability to destroy our future with just a fewbutton presses. Human morality aside though First Strike is a fast paced game around expansion, research and threat management. Taking control of one of the Earth’s countries your objective is to take over as much land as possible while reducing the enemy (or enemies) land to a wasteland no longer fit to support life. You’ll do this by expanding your territory directly, firing off some missiles, researching new technology or launching defences against incoming attacks.

Your first unlocked country is the United States with more countries and challenges coming after you win your first few battles. Just like real war everything in First Strike is a fine balance with players having to decide exactly what action they want their province to perform over the coming seconds. After making this decision (and while it is actioned) your province will become vulnerable to attack, this makes every decision a potential gamble as you have to predict your opponents move more than anything. This becomes particularly intense when you have multiple fronts to deal with and an expanding enemy that continues to grow the ranges of their missile arsenal.

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Protection is one of the corner stones of the game, not only do you get the warm feeling of saving your population but successful attacks leave you open to invasion while also reducing your ability to store missiles, hurting your future attack efforts. That isn’t to say all out powerful attacks (known as First Strike) where all your arsenal is unleashed on a city at once aren’t effective.

All of these actions are supported with tight mobile designed controls and some impressive visuals that let you really get a sense for your missiles flying across the planet to their target.

Summary:

  • Take over the world on your mobile device.
  • Launch missile attacks and defences.
  • Balance research, expansion and defence.
  • Strong graphic design that lets you see missiles fly around the globe.
  • Perfect mobile controls.

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First Strike, 7.8 out of 10 based on 4 ratings
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