Review: Buglord for Pocket PC

by Reads (6,052)

There’s no such thing as a free meal in the animal kingdom, and in the land of insects, it’s every man, or bug, for himself. If you want to survive, you must build a defensible colony. And if you want to thrive, to conquer, to become the BugLord, you need an army, complete with mercenaries, assassins, and the resources to support them. The task of conquering and defending a new home for your colony rests solely on your shoulders. You must assign workers to forage for aphids and pebbles and you’ll have to battle other bug colonies that desperately need those same resources. In this world, there’s not enough to go around, and if you want to make it, you must be ruthless.


Welcome to the future of handheld games. Buglord, from beardedtoad entertainment, combines great graphics, strategic gameplay, and massive levels in one immensely fun Real Time Strategy game. You can purchase the game for PocketPC and  Windows and in the very near future, the Palm OS.


The game’s theme revolves around a colony of bugs that you must protect and manage while conquering the enemy forces. Your objective in most missions is to gather enough resources with your worker ants to be able to build structures that produce various bugs, each with individual capabilities. As you build up your bug army, you must also always be on guard for the enemies attack. The AI in this game is highly tuned and getting past the later missions will be a challenge to anyone. As you progress, more options become available to you and the missions become more complex and harder to achieve. Make no mistake, this is not a game you will sit down and beat in a week.
 

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The real strength of Buglord lies in its playability and mission depth. From gathering the right type of resources to building the appropriate attacking force, you control every detail of the action, and with 16 different missions, Buglord will keep you entertained for hours.

You start the game by choosing where to strategically position your queen’s den, the base of your operations. The queen is able to produce worker ants who go about gathering stocks of aphids and stones so that you can build more bugs and more buildings. Each building has the capability to produce certain types of bugs, some of which crawl, fly, or even shoot fire! As you play each mission you must find the right balance of resource gathering and building. Too much spent on building ants for gathering will get you resource rich but will give you poor defense. Go too far the opposite way and you may find yourself calling in reinforcements in the middle of a huge conflict, only to find that you don’t have the resources to build up more forces. The real fun of the game is figuring out how to combat the enemy advance, while knowing which combination of forces you should build for each specific mission. The result of a correct strategy results in some bug battles of Armageddon like proportions.

Software Specs:

Developer:  Beardedtoad Entertainment
Price:  $19.99
Demo Available:  Yes
Version: 1.0
Multiplayer:  Soon to be released
Software Updates:  An expansion pack is currently being worked on with more bugs and features and some game updates. The multiplayer feature will be enabled soon with a patch. I can only imagine 2-player combat over WiFi!

Program Requirements:

This game is very large, around 14Mb so you will want to run it off of a Storage card (works flawlessly). Also, the developers say you will need about 20Mb of program memory to run the game so some of you may want to move other RAM applications to your Storage cards to free up some room. The game is compatible on Pocket PC 2000 and Pocket PC 2002 devices running the older ARM based processors and the newer Xscale devices. A Palm OS version will also be out shortly which will have less memory requirements.

Conclusion:

If you are ready to be the lord of  the buglands, it’s available in the Handango/bargainPDA software store where you can grab the fully playable demo mission. It will give you a small taste of what you can do with this game and I’ll bet it will make you want to purchase the full game immediately.


 
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