Time-killer games are immensely popular with smartphone and tablet users—and why not? I mean, they're pretty much ideal for whenever you've got a few minutes to kill. But if you're looking for longevity, strategy games are where it's at. One of the most unique strategy games I've come across is Crazy Tribes and I'm pleased to review it for you today.
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Android version: 4.1.2
Permissions strike us as clean.
What made Crazy Tribes stand out for me is its unique setting. Another reviewer recently commented that most strategy games are set in the Middle Ages and eras of witchcraft and wizardry—and I while that can be thrilling it's nice to mix it up every now and again. Crazy Tribes is set in a post nuclear war wasteland (think: games such as Fallout and films like Mad Max) and the goal is to ensure the survival of the survivors by helping rebuild a society, form alliances and ward off hostile attacks.
As far as actual game mechanics go, Crazy Tribes is much like any classic strategy game. Choose a server because the game requires active internet connection. Once this is done, you start with your own base with a few buildings that have various functions and need to be spruced up. Here's a rundown of some of the more important ones:
Headquarters: Command central as well as storage for resources (such as water and ammunition)
Arsenal: Fighter units are trained here
Atomic Cafe: Touch down point for missions mercenaries
Lab: For researching
Security Wall: Protects base camp from hostile attacks
Bazar: Bargain for resources
Greenhouse: Food is grown here
The buildings and their functions fit the post apocalyptic theme very nicely. One of your main goals is to expand the buildings and ensure a steady inflow of resources, as well as ensure that lab research is well underway and making progress, and new forces are being recruited.
Every now and then you will experience an attack, so make sure that your defense systems are up and running. Water canisters can help in this department.
The Crazy Tribes experience is entertaining enough to keep you motivated to keep at it over longer periods of time. There's always something to do and something new to discover. In a nutshell: a pretty solid online strategy game.
Screen & Controls
Crazy Tribes is a well designed but not what I'd call a total eye catcher. The 2-D graphics are detailed and well made.
A definite advantage is that the game doesn't become overwhelming when it comes to graphics, controls and other elements.
Speed & Stability
One thing is clear: this game sucks up a lot of power, but that's the price to pay in exchange for enjoying an online game. Crazy Tribes did not crash or malfunction at any point.
Crazy Tribes is free (and free of ads) and available from the AndroidPIT App Center and Google Play. Water canisters can be purchased with real money, but you can get by without them (these canisters can be used to build houses or recruit new units).