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If you're looking for something new in the stagnating world of tower defense, this is it. City Conquest turns the genre on its head, by forcing players to defend their own territory and attack others simultaneously, with a combination of real-time and turn-based gameplay. It's a bit hard to wrap your head around, but trust me, the experience is well worth the effort. City Conquest is a free download in the Play Store (ad-supported, no in-app purchases) for devices running Android 4.0 or later with a resolution of at least 960x720.

Like the RTS games of yore, each round starts with a Capitol (town center/nexus/construction yard) for both players. Each side constructs and upgrades various towers to defend it, while simultaneously creating drop points for infantry, artillery and air units. After a set timer, units are dropped and both sides commence slugging it out. Players don't have direct control over units - they'll take the shortest path to the enemy Capitol, and won't fire at enemy units or towers on the way. Money is replenished via resource gathering a la Starcraft, not killing enemy units. You can upgrade each structure or drop pad up to three times with differing bonuses, and gameplay can be paused or sped up at any time in single-player mode. The first one to destroy the enemy Capitol wins.

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The game includes 14 single-player campaign missions and another six challenge maps, each of which can be played on three difficulty settings. Once you're finished honing your skills, you can duke it out in multiplayer. Both real-time online battles and local "hot potato" turn-based play is available. Graphics are sprite-based and impressive. Again, City Conquest is free to download with no in-app purchases (and the ads that are there are pretty unobtrusive), so give it a shot if you're looking for some new blood in the strategy genre.

Source: Droid Gamers

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Andrew

    Praise be, a game without IAPs!!

    First thing I do when I see your reviews of games is to scroll to the Play link to check if it's a paid or free game. Usually if I find it's free, I instantly don't care, as it likely means IAPs. So happy to hear this game has none. Looks like a decent game too, shame there isn't a paid version.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I installed this one myself, searching for IAPs or other sneaky nonsense, as I usually do with free games. I was pleasantly surprised.

  • rolling lip

    Requires 960x720 resolution.
    I'll pass.

    It should support WVGA (800x480) at minimum.

  • Sergii Pylypenko

    They also had Kickstarter campaign to partially fund this game: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paultozour/city-conquest-tower-defense-evolved

    Also, iPhone release contains "full version unlock" IAP for $5, I wonder why they opted to use ads instead on Android. Maybe they are planning to add IAP later?

    • Justin Swanson

      Probably rerelease in a few days with a "No Ads" option. Either that, or add the IAP with an update.

  • Xavier Spruill

    I'll admit your header sold me on the game, then... I watched the trailer. The shear scale of almost nonsensical doodads and which-a-ma-callits flying across the screen at break neck speeds almost made me woozy. Hopefully the trailer was in super de duper fast forward and the amount of things on screen was increased to show some sort of momunental scale or something, if not, I'd have to pass. I guess, here's to downloading and finding out myself, cheers.

  • ChainsawCharlie

    Quite neat art-style, but wrong genre for me. Can not stand TD games.

  • John_Merritt

    Yet another "Defense" game, yawn. Next up, another jumping game, running game, card trading game, rpg, yawn.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      I know how you feel, man. There's this thing that commenters do, you know, leaving a comment without reading the story, that I'm just so over.


  • HopelesslyFaithful

    interesting but man...i still find it hard to find a decent mobile game worth playing over a desktop...but than again...I am never really always on the move. Life i lived in the city and what not i can see playing stuff like this i guess.

  • wade

    Any reason it says my S3 is incompatible? I'm 720x1280 and have a BT mouse/MHL to big screen so the small touches won't be an issue.