Game info from Wikipedia
|The Walking Dead: Road to Survival|
|Developer(s)||IUGO Mobile Entertainment|
|Release||April, 2015 (Android soft launch), August 27, 2015 (Android/iOS full release)|
Platform reviewed: Android
Road to Survival is a resource management sim with RPG elements available on Android and iOS since April 2015. As you can see from the screenshots I have been playing it for quite a while so thought I would make it my first game review.
The aim of the game is to expand your hometown while levelling up the numerous characters from the comic you can gain through various means. There is a main story called the “world”, a time limited challenge mode called “roadmap”, a survival mode, you can raid other players, which is basically pitting your squad against their squad of characters, and they have just introduced a new “territories” mode in which you battle other groups of players with your own group that you can join in order to gain control over territories from the comic such as Woodbury, Sanctuary etc.
Levelling up doesn’t just apply to characters base stats, as you can also level their special attacks and weapons. There is also a crafting section to make items that can help you in battle. So you can see there is plenty to do, and the developers are always updating the app, which has around 10 million downloads at the time of writing.
The game does start off slowly as you learn the ropes, the same as with other games like this. If you want the best characters fast, then you will be familiar with the set-up here: coins can be earned extremely slowly, otherwise they can be purchased for cash. A third way, if you want to sit around watching videos for half an hour or so, is to get three coins per video watched, at around 25 seconds per video. I tried this once and got about halfway to the total i set out to get and gave up, but to be honest, the game is perfectly enjoyable without getting huge numbers of coins, especially if you are patient and don’t spend them to level up buildings (in later levels bonuses will be granted allowing you to skip the wait times for free for longer and longer anyway).
Graphically the game is pretty good, with interesting animations. The cut-scenes are done as comic panels, which is a neat touch. Sound-wise its good too. The one criticism I would say is that with little choice over attacking besides what to attack, until your special gauge is charged, where you then have a choice of two attacks, battles can get a little repetitive, especially if you have been playing for a long time. But if you are skilled at setting up your team, you can find that even just who you pick as the leader can be the difference between two identical teams fighting each other, as you can alter the outcome of the battles just as much with your pre-battle set up as you can in battle. You will definitely need a combination of the right characters (and complimentary special attacks), leader, weapons, and battle items to get past certain stages without overpowering your characters through grinding.
Overall, this is a pretty good mobile game that will keep you occupied for a long time, especially once you get into it and get some good characters. Some players will be put off by the pay-to-play features, but they don’t stop you enjoying the game. Don’t expect to be competing with top level players if you don’t pay for coins though. The fact that the game is updated so regularly means that even top players always have something to do.
Only real negative aside from the pay-to-play is the slightly repetitive battles. There is a fast-forward function that allows you to rush battles, which you will probably use a lot after a while, and once you start earning a lot of token, you will probably skip these battles altogether unless you are completing a challenge. There is definitely a focus on community, so if you are looking for solo offline type play just be warned, that people will probably attack you regardless, and while there is a story mode, it’s not enough to keep you hooked on its own merit.
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