Thursday, June 11, 2015

Eufloria


Year: 2012
Genre: Real-Time Strategy
Website: http://www.eufloria-game.com/


Lee:
  • Platform: Android
  • Hours logged: 20.5
  • Playthroughs: 1
  • Rating: 8/10


Notes and Discussions:
  • Lee (6/11/2015): Eufloria is another game that I picked up in one of the Android Humble Bundles along the way, and I'm glad I did! This game was a joy to play (except for Level 18), and it was really hard to put down until I finished it.

    Eufloria is like a mix between Solar 2 and Darwinia. The premise of the game is to build your space empire by conquering and settling planets and asteroids. Using tree seedlings. Yeah, it's weird, but it works. Ten seedlings can be planted at a time to grow either a Dyson tree, which spawns more seedlings, or a Defense tree that shoots spores at attacking enemies. A single seedling can be sent as a scout to check out an asteroid, so that you know how big of an army to send to take it over and make it yours. There are several other game elements, including ancient artifacts (useless, I think), beacon plants, terraform trees, flowers, laser pods, and enhanced seedlings, but the game does a great job of introducing each of these elements to you over the span of the first several levels.

    Level 18... Most of the levels in the game can be beaten within a few attempts, once you stumble upon the right strategy required for the given level. Except for Level 18. That one took around 30 tries, and I finally had to cheat and watch a Youtube video of how to beat it. The problem is that the AI is highly scripted, and you have to time your escape perfectly from several planets before you can even think about starting a base (to give the devs a bit of credit, their hints for that level did suggest as much). The problem is that several minutes have elapsed by the time you start building your resources, so the only way to stay alive is to get lucky enough that the AI doesn't select your planet for the enemies to pay a visit to (your instant death). Thirty tries. Not cool.

    Other than Level 18, the game was a blast! I played through the main story, then I played a few of the skirmishes. I would definitely consider playing this one again, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an action-packed strategy game for your mobile device!