A new game has arrived that offers a fresh take on the RPG genre, as it blends traditional turn-based tactics with a bit of fighting game combat mechanics, placing player skill and tactical sense as key for victory. The new arrival, X-Tactics, is also unique in its use of GPS and local weather conditions to affect tactics, skills, and also to unlock secret treasures, and side quests, as you delve into missions of urban exploration to protect your hometown.
A unique combat mechanic
Within X-Tactics' combat engine, you have two factors that play into how well your attack works. There are boosts that you have to connect, and then you must tap the screen when the combat indicator is in precisely the right location. This determines how well your attack does, and can mean the difference between missing your target altogether and destroying it utterly.
You can defend yourself, of course
When you are attacked, you must defend yourself. You have natural defense capabilities, but there's also an element of skill involved. How precisely you can tap the combat slider will determine how effectively you defend yourself. It moves quickly, so you need excellent reflexes.
When all else fails, blow something up
For a potentially quick end to a battle stage, you can blow up some of the objects on the battlefield. This can do damage to you, of course, but it is very effective in wiping out several attackers at once.
X-Tactics is certainly a welcome addition to iOS gaming. If you believe in secret societies or government agencies covering up what they don’t want you to know about, this game will be right up your alley. The use of your iOS device’s GPS to determine weather and time is also a fresh move, and makes things quite challenging at times. X-Tactics is a free download on the App Store without ads, but it does use in-app purchases.