Time Warp War
We open with a small army fighting a giant alien monster. They are swiftly beaten, and the last guy gets blasted all the way back to 1,0000 BC. Help him fight through cavemen times and beyond in Battle Simulator: Warfare from PlaySide Studios. Take on other humans and creatures from specific time periods and gather a new army. Simple and straightforward, yes, but not an entire a waste of time.
Warriors & Gold
From cavemen to knights, Battle Simulator: Warfare has numerous fighter units to find. Once a fighter is unlocked, they’ll be added to a battle grid where you face AI enemies. Some units take up more than one space on the grid, as there are sometimes two or four fighters per unit. You can only have so many units on the grid, but the good news is that all units can be merged. Each unit starts with one star, i.e., level one. For example, merging two one-star cavemen changes their look and increases their stats. Stars stop after level five, changing to ranks from level six onward. The highest level any fighter can achieve is ten, and at that point they look otherworldly. Enemies increase in number and grow stronger the farther into the future you travel, so you’ll need to collect as many fighters as you can to secure victory.
There are a few ways to get fighters, but not much choice in who you get. One way is by spinning the lucky wheel three times. After watching an ad, the wheel will spin and it could land on either a one or two star fighter. However, it could also land on gold or gems. Spend gold before a battle to receive a random one-star fighter. Even if you don’t need that specific fighter, they can still help, especially when your army is up against a boss. From a Savage Saber-Tooth to King Tutankhamun, bosses are no joke. If you don’t have enough or strong enough fighters, the boss will kill your whole army. Therefore, stocking up on gold is important. Watch three ads in the store to earn 2,800 gold units per ad. Additionally, victories and losses earn gold which you can triple in amount by watching an ad.
Other than gold, another in-game currency is gems. These can be used to buy special fighters and extra gold. Not only can gems be bought in the store, they’re also earned after defeating bosses along with completing quests and challenges. Quests include merging five fighters and winning battles 40 times. Challenges are basically battles separate from the main story. You have five tries to win those fights and earn the maximum number of gold and gems. The challenges take place in three different time periods and have names to match: Prehistoric Panic, Medieval Mayhem and Street Smash. All in all, Battle Simulator: Warfare offers quite a bit of fun. However, despite all the game has to offer, it gets repetitive rather quickly. Even with the occasional boss fight breaking the monotony. And the cost of new fighters keeps rising the longer you play, making it difficult to keep your gold.
Is It Hardcore?
While an interesting spin on the time travel genre, this game is dragged back a bit by the repetitive gameplay and expensive warriors.