Jul 26, 2013
War. Often we’re asked what it’s good for and a common response is “nothing”. In fact, some have even gone as far to say “absolutely nothing”.
That none-too-subtle Edwin Starr reference is a heads up that Jungle Heat is a game all about war. A war which takes place in a jungle that happens to be full of oil and gold. The game places you in control over an ever-expanding base that you launch attacks from. You can think of Jungle Heat as a Farmville style game where instead of harvesting crops your training soldiers to go and do battle. It’s the training and the battles that make up the two main parts of the game.
When developing your base you place buildings where you want and you can upgrade them. All of this takes time, with the more advanced buildings and upgrades taking hours rather than minutes. It’s also important to note that building a base isn’t just about getting as much oil or gold per hour as possible. You’ve got to ensure your base is secure from attackers.
Everyone who plays Jungle Heat can attack each other. Aside from the campaign missions, it’s the ability to attack other people’s bases for more resources that launches you into a fight. It’s important to do so, as these fights can get you a lot of gold and oil. In a smart move on the developers part, each time you lose a battle you’re given ‘protection’. This basically means you can’t be attacked for the next 12 hours which stops the game kicking you whilst you’re already down.
When you’re happy with your base and you’ve got enough soldiers to mount an attack of your own, it’s off to battle you go. The fights aren’t particularly strategic, often meaning sheer numbers will give you victory, but you do have to think a little when in battle.
Tapping the screen will place your soldiers in the desired location, but your army can consist of a number of troop types. There are spies, riflemen, nurses, Rambo types and so on. There’s currently 10 unit types and they all act rather differently which does mean you’ll need to think twice about where you’re placing your troops.
The game can be a little confusing at times as it insists on having three different currencies. Why there’s both a gold and oil resource, I’m not too sure and on top of that there’s the obligatroy ‘premium’ resource that unlocks the really useful items for your base. It’s hard to complain too much when you consider the game’s free, but like all games of this nature, it will ensure that those willing to pay the most will end up doing the best.
That criticism aside, Jungle Heat is a great game of its type. A much more involving version of the Farmville style of game we’ve seen a dozen times over.