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Mytran Wars review

Robots! Stuff to think about! Humour!

Pros

  • Killer sense of humour
  • Starts you with lots of power
  • Plenty of replay value

Cons

  • Tiring in long spells
  • Foreboding to newcomers
  • Evil learning curve

You’ll have to forgive the rubbish title. Mytran Wars is actually a turn-based strategygame with a killer sense of humour and even deadlier mechs. The Game Boy’s Advance Wars is its obvious inspiration, so that means a grid-based battle map and stat-busting battles.

This is a painstaking chess game where you must weigh up every move, assessing every possible threat from all angles. It’s tiring (albeit addictive) in long spells, partly because there’s an assumption that you will have played this sort of thing before – and you’d be hard-pushed to find anything else like this on PSP save for, at a push, R-Type Command – and even that doesn’t have quite the complexity seen here. From an elevated isometric perspective you must command your giant mechs through towns and valleys, seeking out and destroying your enemy.

There’s no hand-holding intro to the action: the full spectrum of moves and objectives is dropped into your lap from the off. This might make the game fairly inaccessible and rather foreboding to newcomers, but on the other hand it’s refreshing to see the full range of tactics and upgrades available from the start.

As you battle you’ll earn cash and scientific research points which allow you to develop your mech, thus protecting your all-important commanders – if they die it’s mission over. You can take chunks out of your opponents in a similar way, so you could slow them down or take out targeting systems depending on the nature of the task at hand. It’s your call. And with a slew of bonus missions to complete, there’s plenty of replay value too; this in addition to 30-plus hours of play. A final warning – some may baulk at the evil learning curve.

Jun 30, 2009

More Info

GenreAction
Description

Despite a steep learning curve, Mytran Wars happens to be an addicting and humorous strategy game to the tune of Advance Wars. Players must take several factors into account before making any move thus creating intense battles. However, long sessions may fry the brain.

PlatformPSP
US censor ratingTeen
UK censor rating12+
Release date20 October 2009 (US), 17 April 2009 (UK)
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