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Hunters 2

For: iPhone   Also on: iPad

The hunt is on

Product: Hunters 2 | Publisher: Rodeo Games | Format: iPhone | Genre: Strategy | Players: 1 | Version: Europe | App version: 1.0.1
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Last year’s Hunters: Episode One offered an engaging turn-based strategy experience for iOS players, but left plenty of room for improvement.

Thankfully, developer Rodeo Games appears to be aware of this, because Hunters 2 rectifies almost every fault that was exhibited by its forerunner.

This time around we have a fleshed-out storyline, showcasing mankind’s rather bleak future. The Earth has become dangerously overpopulated, and our species has spread its wings to colonise the stars.

An unfortunate side-effect of this rampant expansion is that mega-corporations now rule the universe, hiring mercenaries known as Hunters to do their dirty work.f

The hunter becomes the hunted

You’re in charge of one such group of Hunters, and throughout the game you’ll get the chance to augment the abilities of your team and equip them with improved armour and weapons.

This element of Hunters 2 is seriously impressive, offering multiple skill trees and an armoury of different items to purchase.

The turn-based gameplay remains very much the same as before: each of your warriors has a certain number of action points per turn, and these are used to move and attack.

Choosing to remain stationary will give your soldier the chance to fire more than once, but moving halfway across the map will mean they can’t attack at all after they reach their destination. Managing your stock of action points is crucial.

Those of you with a love for strategy will positively lap up Hunters 2. The game offers ample opportunity to fulfil your dream of becoming a budding commander.

However, there’s one issue we feel prevents the game from passing with flying colours. Despite its premium price tag, Hunters 2 still presents you with in-app purchases for buying credits, which you can use to acquire new weapons and armour.

The thrill of the hunt

Doing this basically means you can power-up your squad with little effort, robbing you of the thrill of progress. Still, if you’re strong-willed then you can simply ignore the option.

In-app purchases aside, Hunters 2 offers a stunning amount of gameplay and entertainment for its asking price. Trigger-happy action lovers could struggle with the game’s focus on cerebral delights over instant gratification, but lovers of the genre will be very much at home.

Hunters 2
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Damien McFerran | 2 April 2012
Hunters 2 is an almost perfect sequel - it improves on what has gone before without drastically changing too many things. The presence of in-app purchasing is unfortunate, but not enough to sully the good work done elsewhere. Turn-based strategy fans should pick it up
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Mar 2011
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alejobd | 01:53 - 3 April 2012
Optional, unnecessary IAPs that in fact detract from the duration and enjoyment of the game should never been considered an "issue". "Pay to continue" or "pay to progress at a reasonable pace" or even "pay to get exclusive very useful content" (usually related to the latter) should be considered a big issue.
Apr 2012
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SpiraX | 00:32 - 3 April 2012
Sad to see that the loyal fans who purchased Hunters: Episode One, were promised updates that seem to encompass everything that is in Hunters 2. So that’s another $5 to buy what was promised in updates to the first one. Unfortunately I will not buy games from this developer again.

Apr 2011
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NotSpam | 19:19 - 2 April 2012
About right. This game has good legs. Turn-Based is very satisfactory (planning ahead, spending action points in the right way to maximize off/def etc). Bit slow to begin with but grows on you. : )