by Harry Slater 8/1/2013
Product: RAD Soldiers
Developer: Splash Damage
Format: iPhone, iPad
Genre: Multiplayer, Strategy
Networking: wireless (adhoc)
There are some games that mesh together better with a freemium payment model better than others.
If, for example, you're supposed to be playing a soldier within a regular army, having to pay extra for nice boots and guns jars - you're in the army, so this stuff should be given to you on a mission by mission basis.
RAD Soldiers, on the other hand, uses the payment model to its advantage. You're playing as a group of mercenaries and guns for hire, so it makes sense that cash should be changing hands for shinier weapons and sillier costumes.
And while it's obvious from the outset that this is a game that's going to be asking you for money after a few plays, it's never done in an annoying or cloying manner. Throw in some truly engaging tactical violence and you're left with a freemium game that actually works.
While some will be disappointed that RAD Soldiers isn't about armed surfers from the early '90s, it's still a massively entertaining tactical violence simulator with plenty of humour and charm
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