Developer – Six Waves Inc
Size – 211 MB
Price – Free with in game upgrades
Warship Rising – The Goods
Warship Rising, to my knowledge, is the first true real-time multiple player online app. The games are short enough that you can catch a quick game while waiting for a prescription to get filled or waiting for a sandwich at lunch. The game is 5- on-5 real-time shooter featuring many different warships and upgrades that keeps you wanting to play. You operate either a cruiser, destroyer, submarine or battleship on a team of five. There are two types of gameplay, Occupation in which the goal is to occupy a zone the longest while sinking the most ships, and Team Death Match, with the team scoring the most by sinking ships wins. The graphics are great for a mobile game, and the team options allow you to invite friends to play together. The game offers easy controls, which are picked up rather quickly during a quick tutorial phase and many different ships that you unlock as you collect silver and gold. Each ship also has many individual upgrades to improve the ships speed, handling defense, and fire power. The easy gameplay, quick maps, and tons of upgrades makes the game an addicting game. I was late for dinner trying to squeeze in just one more game.
Warship Rising – The Bad, and The Purchase Gimmick
Like most free games, gameplay is limited unless you buy upgrades. Silver is earned at a quick rate through normal game play and silver can be used for upgrades and some new ships. Gold on the other hand is the purchase gimmick in this app. Gold can only be bought and is needed to upgrade to the best ships, plus it is used to purchase oil (oil is the metric used to start matches and limit the amount of games that can be played per day). Purchasing gold to continue gameplay is fairly cheap starting at $3.99. Expect to play about 8 or 9 matches a day without having to purchase any of the add on options. The game plan while fun, lacks true team cooperation. The strategy is minimal with the winner usually being the team with the most upgraded ships. I find skill and experience to be somewhat irrelevant in the game outcome. While the game offers a ton of grades, the upgrade system is confusing and hard to figure out what needs to be accomplished in order to unlock ships or buy upgrades. The speed of the game is also slow lacking that quick gameplay we are used to after great fast games like call of duty. The health of the ships are high making it time consuming to get a kill.
Conclusion and Impact to the Mobile Gaming World
While the gameplay is kind of slow and lacks any real strategy or game experience, the graphics and multiplayer option are really entertaining and definitely worth your time. In the internet app world, this game is receiving a lot of good reviews and hype. I am most excited to watch and see how the live multiplayer internet gameplay might start to change the gaming apps, similar to how SOCOM for the PlayStation 2 in the early 2000’s changed how we played console games and basically, started the internet, online gaming boom. I hope to see many more team oriented online games in the future and can’t wait to explore what comes out in the next year.