[app url=”https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/walking-war-robots/id806077016"]

Mobile multiplayer action gaming can be a thing of misery. Overhyped, underwhelming games built on shaky netcode and nonsensical matchmaking, most of the time we’re left disappointed and annoyed. Walking War Robots does well to buck that trend, and while it’s not perfect it is definitely a big plundering mech stomp in the right direction.

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Should we trouble with you with the details of the backstory? Ok, well it’s your traditional “world gone mad” post-apocalyptic scenario, complete with obligatory faction wars to take control of what’s left. A dystopian future, where hulking mechs take to the streets to battle for domination. So, a largely forgettable narrative then. Still, we’re not here for the story; we’re here to blow things up. And in that regard, Walking War Robots delivers. Based on small mech squads lining up for online team-based battle, things quickly get heated in a flurry of bullets.

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The dev team at Pixonic have done their homework – fans of the classic Mechwarrior franchise will feel right at home here, with impressively rendered battle robots and a direct focus on frantic multiplayer skirmishes. It’s a really polished blaster too, with high quality texturing, thunderous sound effects and nicely animated character models which move with purpose. The menu system makes easy work of guiding you through the mech customization process, upgrades, server connections and so on. Within minutes you’re hooked up to an online game and tearing through opposing mech squads with your heavy metal death machine.

The matches are relatively simple but satisfying, and – most importantly for multiplayer action gaming – run smoothly without latency issues, assuming your data connection is up to the task. The generally smooth frame rate can be at least party attributed to the nature of mech war: it’s a slow, lurching affair. Unlike the agile rampage of shooters like Call Of Duty, Walking War Robots plods along, your mech dishing out devastation as it stomps into the fray.

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While this is fitting of the subject matter, things do sometimes feel a little sluggish. Besides its lethargic pacing, the target lock-on system is also a bit fidgety – both at range and up close. beyond that, the battle arenas, as vast as they are, could do with more complex architecture. But that’s just nitpicking; overall Walking War Robots is a lot more entertaining than much of the competition. For a free-to-play game, Pixonic has been quite restrained in their attempts to handicap the game with pay walls, so you can get a lot of mech war goodness without paying a cent. Even with a few niggles, Walking War Robots still provides hours of intense, full-throttle robot chaos, with no compulsory price tag to stop the party.

Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. 

  1. This used to be a fun game with decent iap-prices and a lot of potential. However, since the 0.6.1 update the developers have jacked up the cost of everything.

    In earlier versions, one was able to purchase guarantee-repairs for each robot with in-game gold, which was also offered in the in-game store. While the robot was under guarantee, there would be no repair costs and the player could use the cash gained from battles to upgrade weapons and mechs. This guarantee also came at a fair price and one didn’t mind spending money for a month worth of this convenience, as it enabled you to play countless hours with your friends.

    With this update, guarantee-repair got substituted by a premium account that does not deserve its name, since it hands you considerably less. For €9 you get a 50% increase in silver per battle, which is not enough to offset the abolished guarantee and in no way enables you to repair only one fully upgraded robot. If you damaged three robots in one game, you are either forced to convert your gold bullion into silver, at unfavorable exchange rates, or you’ll have to wait long hours for your robots to be repaired. Off course, this means that playing with your friends is out of the question, because almost everybody will have varying repair times.

    Unfortunately, yet another game ruined by greedy developers!

    It is a shame, because game mechanics here are fun and graphics are top notch in this game. You see wonderful special effects of flying missiles and exploding shells. Each weapon has a distinct loading animation and sound, where a lot of attention to detail was given. Also, there are not many mech-games around and this is the most realistic one. Nevertheless, the recent update has turned this game into a scrupulous money grab!

  2. I’m totally disagree with you!
    Just yesterday developers made a present for every old players with A LOT of gold for about ~$10. Also they significantly decrease repair cost (yes, it was too high before, but they fixed it now).
    So, you can cry, game isn’t perfect – it’s your choice, but I see how developers fix the game by each update, adding new robots and weapons (some of them for gold, but you can earn gold in battles!).

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