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Sponsored Game Review: Jungle Heat

July 9, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

There are plenty of options out there on Android for those looking for a strategy title but, there are few that instill the same sort of excitement as other titles. Mobile titles need to be exciting, otherwise gamers will switch off quickly. Finding that right balance between style and substance is particularly difficult for strategy titles as they’re not often what you’d call “exciting”. Jungle Heat hope to change all that with an exciting setting and twists on traditional strategy mechanics. Read on to see if it succeeds.

Description: Jungle Heat marries every action movie clich© in the book with some solid strategy game mechanics. You’re put in charge of your own troops to overthrow the evil General Blood who rules the Jungle through fear and destruction. Through Oil and Money, you’ll have to build your own Army and fortresses that are powerful enough to take on Blood and his endless armies. Fight online against others, perfect your army and your stronghold and fight on! Take a look at the video below for a quick look.

How it Works: To get started with Jungle Heat and start building your own Army, you’ll have to first download the game from the Play Store, after that you’ll have to run through the tutorial of the game. 2013-07-07 16.10.31

What’s great about the tutorial here, is that it’s short and doesn’t get in your way but, it still introduces you to the game and more importantly, General Blood himself:

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Soon enough, the game will teach you how to fortify and build a powerful base to withstand attack.

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Once you’ve been through the tutorial, you can start to build and recruit more soldiers.

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When you’ve trained a large amount of troops, you can head out to attack other bases. To launch troops into battle, just tap and hold on the field.

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Once you’ve completed a battle, you’ll be given a report on how well you’ve done and how many troops you’ve lost.

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Oil plays a big part in the game, and you’ll want to keep that Oil Rig going:

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Opinion: I’ve always enjoyed strategy titles but, I’ve never really taken to them on Android – or any mobile platform, for that matter – mostly because they’ve always been missing something. Whether that’s traditional strategy game mechanics or a little added style. Jungle Heat goes a long way to create that fine balance between style and substance. It forced me to think about my next move and it made me laugh more than once. With clich©s left, right and center, coupled with a rich and rewarding strategy game underneath Jungle Heat is a game I will happily return to time and time again.

Ratings

  • Speed (3.5/5) – While the game pace is excellent here, it didn’t run as smoothly as I thought it would on my Nexus 7. 
  • Features (4/5) – With a great balance between style and substance, Jungle Heat offers a rich and rewarding experience. 
  • Theme (5/5) – Time and time again I found myself smiling while playing this, the clich©s and fun visuals are really engaging. 
  • Overall (4/5) – While it’s not perfect, it certainly comes close. Jungle Heat is one hell of a mobile title – strategy or otherwise.

Pros

  • Fun and detailed visuals will have you smiling and chuckling to yourself. 
  • It’s easy to get stuck into, and doesn’t take too long to get used to the controls. 
  • While tactics are important, you won’t find the game too difficult. 
  • Wide variety of soldiers and units available throughout the game.

Cons

  • Doesn’t seem to run well on the Nexus 7 – Tegra 3 issue?
  • Too much emphasis on diamonds used to “speed up” building. 

Conclusion: Jungle Heat is a great game, regardless of how you feel about strategy titles and it cuts a great compromise between style and substance, which is rare for a game like this. The strategy mechanics are easy to get grips with and will soon have you feeling like you’re commanding a top-notch Army of your own. General Blood and the emphasis on Oil and Money will make you laugh and there’s more than enough on offer to keep players occupied for a lengthy period of time. For once, a strategy title lets the tutorial get out-of-the-way as quickly as possible and Jungle Heat is a quick and easy to pick-up and play.

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