The Deathwatch Tyranid Invasion by Warhammer franchise, the structure to Warhammer 40,000 Deathwatch Tyranid Invasion does not take all too long to grasp, even if the finer details of the game’s plot will leave newcomers scratching their heads.
Controlling a batch of space marines boasting the kind of builds rarely seen since the East German swim team took to the pool in Seoul 1988, play in Rodeo’s latest takes the form of a top down, turn based shooter with some light RPG elements for longevity’s sake. If that sounds in any way complex on paper, in practice play is actually surprisingly simple.
Each movement uses up the action points available to you that move, as does taking on your combatants an array of alien like creatures who, in greater numbers than your own, patrol the stages in order to take you out. Firing upon them is split into two modes you can either simply shoot them down when in range as part of your turn, or you can put each marine on ‘over watch’, which means they will spray out bullets during your opponents turn should they enter your field of vision. It is possible to think you have wiped out all of your foe before discovering that, in reality, there are many more beasts out there baying for your blood once the shadows on certain grid squares have been lifted.
Added to this is the XP awarded after each successful encounter, which enables a sense of progression to proceedings and allows your marines to level up just as the competition starts to do the same. Warhammer 40,000 Deathwatch Tyranid Invasion expecting something fresh and original. Regardless, similarities to the studio’s other releases thankfully do not overshadow the fact that this is a quality release that finely merges the benefits of a well structured turn-based shooter with an accessible RPG that Warhammer 40,000 fans will likely take to with gusto.
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
- This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Nevertheless, for fans of Warhammer 40,000, the developer has served up a solid and finely-balanced slice of strategy that does justice to the license and more besides.