I’m not a mobile gamer. And by that I mean I don’t go out of my way to search the App Store for something to keep me occupied during my “down time.” I play games like Elevate and 2048 but no RPGs or anything like that. But, to my surprise, Rapture – World Conquest has changed my mind completely.
Rapture – World Conquest ($2.99 in the App Store) is the first iOS release from Tundra Games, a UK based start-up, that is awesomely addicting. Like almost-miss-your-trainstop addicting. The game play is simple: You are an all-mighty, envious deity of a civilization whose objective is to annihilate all other civilizations and conquer the world before the Rapture hits…within a span of 5 minutes.
*Mr. Burns tented fingers* Excellent.
While playing Rapture I imagine my massive Amazonian army chanting “KILL KILL KILL!” as we march into foreign lands from all sides. Swords and arrows are drawn, shields and catapults at the ready, trampling adversaries, converting them to our religion while devouring their resources. Just let that sink in for a minute.
There are more factors that can assist in your quest for world domination. At the bottom bar of the screen are disastrous miracles that are unlocked by collecting Mana (or adulation from your devotees) ranging from your everyday lightning storms and floods to the more severe meteor showers and, my favorite go-to, plagues (possibly of the bubonic nature). Unleashing these miracles on those who refuse to surrender cause devastating blows. The right side bar lets you chose how your civilization matures. Militaristic and Technocracy are my first choices BUT Theocratic increases Mana so you can wreak havoc more expeditiously.
The left side bar includes some advancement buttons like the Head Start and Production Boost. Keep in mind that the other civilizations have access to these cheats too so keep an eye on the surrounding areas. Rapture also introduces mini challenges like ‘spend the 1st 750 years in peace’ or ‘destroy 4 civilizations with hurricanes’ at the start of each game. You control all of this with the swipe of your finger in 5 minute intervals.
Rapture offers in-app purchases (IAPs) to unlock features but as you play you accrue currency to buy customizations in the ‘store’ like globe shapes, sea color and changing your default nation. The rapid pace of the game makes it more addicting but that is my only qualm with this game; I’d like the option to extend my game play time. Not a complete deal breaker just an option for me personally.
Rapture is a great game with a beautiful design and easy gameplay. At launch, it was having some issues with the iPhone 6 but they have since been resolved with a recent update. Has anyone else given this a go? If so what are your thoughts? What would you change (if anything) and what are your favorite options in the game? Have it out in the comments or on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter. Rapture: World Conquest gets a well deserved 4.5 out of 5.