A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Players control a variety of futuristic military units of varying genders and even species. Most of these are class-based representations, acting solely as templates for their selected roles. Some hero units have more individual characteristics but still lack much overall depth outside of appearance.
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Ease of Play
The game requires a lot of micromanagement of units between battles, as well as multitasking during those battles. Players must coordinate actions between units, constantly issuing commands and reacting to what's happening in the fight. Controlling units can be difficult, especially when having to react in real time.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is constant and a primary focus in the game. Characters use a wide range of futuristic weapons and abilities against each other. And while there are plenty of explosions and flashy effects, there's no blood or graphic depictions of violence shown onscreen.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a paid release filled with other options for players to spend money in-game. One big focus for purchase are bundles that add specialized units to the players' available armies.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Iron Marines Invasion is a futuristic real-time strategy game available for purchase on Android and iOS mobile device. Players issue commands to controls a variety of units in large-scale battles against hostile alien forces. Combat is central to the game, with lots of explosions and effects, but no onscreen blood or gore. The game requires a lot of micromanagement and multitasking, and the user interface isn't the best at handling this. While this is a paid game, there are still lots of purchases made available to players via the in-game store, which include things like new units to take into battle.
Is It Any Good?
The first Iron Marines gave mobile gamers some strategic sci-fi action on the go, and while this game brings another wave of interplanetary warfare, is there enough reason here to reenlist? On the surface, it looks like Iron Marines Invasion has a lot to offer with a substantial number of missions, units, and heroes, as well as a slew of available upgrades. And yet, with so much content seemingly available, the game still feels light on the whole. Part of this is due to the fact that there are a number of additional units and heroes locked behind a paywall. Sure, you can defend the universe with the stock troops available, but the menus put a lot of spotlight on the optional purchases to the point of making players feel like they paid for only a partial release.
Gameplay in Iron Marines Invasion is an odd mix of good and bad. On the one hand, it's great to be able to switch between unit types on the fly. Also, there's a lot of options available in terms of using special weapons and unique hero powers to turn the tide of battle on a dime. The problem comes in the form of basic controls. Simply trying to move your units around the map is a convoluted experience that involves dragging your finger from one unit to its desired position. But moving groups of units means selecting an empty area near all the units, hoping they're all in range, and then moving them together without accidentally separating one unit from the whole group instead. Add to this the fact that units don't seem interested in attacking while moving. Instead, they'll walk through enemy ambushes like ducks in a sci-fi shooting gallery. After picking up the nuances of the controls things improve significantly, but it's more than enough to frustrate players in the earlier stages of the game.
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