Craft The World - Pocket Edition
This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
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I was just minding my own business yesterday and out of nowhere a dozen well armed and smelly dwarves dropped in. They did not ask me to join them on their quest to slay an overgrown reptile (I was hoping), but they did hold my iPad hostage and destroy my battery. Just a short 48 hours ago, Craft the World was released on the iPad and I have done very little on the device since.
I have two games going now, and I just entered my 12th hour of gameplay.
To be honest, I downloaded the game on a whim – probably because I was in the spirit of Dwarves with the hype surrounding the newest Hobbit Movie. Unlike most of my on-a-whim downloads, I got Craft the World just before I had some set aside game time. Three hours later, I put the game down and realized that I had barely moved, and was in desperate need of coffee. I don’t think that I have ever been as immediately engaged in an iPad app as I was with Craft the World.
How did this app get to me? Why was I so instantly hooked? When I started to write this review, I realized that I needed a more eloquent way of voicing my praise (rather than a “I just like it”).
Craft the World is simply one of the best mashup games I have seen. It combines elements of the Tower Defense, Resource Management, and Crafting genres in an experience that is satisfying and everything that Terraria is not (Terraria is fun, but gets tedious when you have to go out and spend hours collecting resources). When Craft the World starts, you have a single dwarf that you command. As you complete quests, you level your character and gain access to additional dwarves that will do your bidding. They can mine, harvest, and craft all of the things that you would expect. As the population grows, you can issue more commands and create and harvest more resources. Basically, it is similar to Terraria and Minecraft but you send out 10 minions to do your mining, collecting and crafting. They collect the resources while you plan the crafting. When you have your strategy, they sit at the forge and make your new goodies.
In the campaign levels, you take on a set of attackers who “portal” in and try to destroy your world. On the first level, they spawn at 40 minute intervals, making it easy to replenish your supplies and get better armor and weapons ahead of each wave. As the game progresses, you start crafting auto-turrets to take out the attackers, and let your minions continue to craft unhindered.
The only down side so far is that it is very easy lose your dwarves at the start of the game – they are not well armed or defended. It will take some time to get decent armor and weapons into every dwarves hands, but it is a great ride along the way.
You will eventually spend a lot of time making your stubborn dwarves happy (with furniture and food), but in return they will create a world that is worthy of all dwarf lords.
Craft the World is the best and most engaging game I have played on the iPad in a long time! Bravo!
The Video Review
Craft The World is a unique sandbox strategy game, the mix of Dungeon Keeper, Terraria and Dwarf Fortress. Explore a random generated world populated by dangerous creatures, build a dwarf fortress, gather resources, and craft all the items, weapons, and armor you need.
Pocket Edition contains all 4 worlds of the Steam version:
You control a tribe of dwarves by giving them commands to dig in certain places, attack enemy creatures, and build houses and other structures. You'll need to provide your dwarves food and clothing, as well as help them with magic when fighting against other inhabitants of the world. You start the game with one dwarf and gain additional dwarves as your experience level increases.
Each game level has many layers of earth to explore, from the sky down to boiling subterranean lava. The level is randomly generated as an island, restricted by natural boundaries: oceans on the edges, lava beneath it, and the sky above. Other features include day and night and changing weather conditions. The worlds differ in size, humidity, temperature, terrain, and flora and fauna. Abandoned halls and rooms with treasure are hidden somewhere deep within the islands.
One feature of the game is a user-friendly system of recipes for crafting. The recipes are organized and easily accessible. You can craft dozens of different items: building blocks for houses, furniture, decorations, weapons, armor, ammunition, and food for your dwarves.
At the outset you find the recipes for basic tools and items, and build a small house with places to sleep and eat. Then, the size of the tribe increases and catches the attention of other inhabitants of the world. Most of them are night creatures and dwell underground. The worlds are full of fantasy creatures like zombies, skeletons, goblins, beholders, ghosts, giant spiders, and others. Some of them pay little attention to the dwarves, as long as the dwarves do not come into their field of vision. Others gather into quite large groups and try to break into the dwarves’ residence.
Especially dangerous are the waves of monsters that appear from time to time from portals. So, do not neglect to build a safe haven with strong walls and numerous trapdoors, cells, firing towers, and secret passageways.
As a divine being, you possess various spells. You can speed up the movement of the dwarves, open small portals, illuminate dark caves to scare away monsters, evoke natural magic in the form of rain or tree growth, hurl fireballs at the monsters’ heads, and find useful resources and hidden rooms underground, thereby helping to speed up resource extraction, exploration of the world, and the population growth of your assistants.
- Version 1.1.010
- Created & Sold by Dekovir, Inc.
- File Size: 212 MB
- Price: $4.99
- This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
- Age Rating: 9+