The 4x genre (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) has a grand history in gaming with its modern genesis in Avalon Hill's 1980 publication of Civilization. Sid Meier brought the game into the video age in 1991, and since then it has been a gaming staple in all its forms.
As gamers' hours have been squeezed by modern life, it has been tough to jump into a game that is known for its days and days of playtime required to become the most powerful civilization in the world. That's all been remedied by a recent release on iOS - Super Tribes by Midjiwan has arrived and it is glorious. Super Tribes squeezes everything you love about the genre into a tight thirty turn game without sacrificing what makes it great.
I'm not going to go super "in depth" here - a lot of the fun of Super Tribes is discovering the mechanics of the game and I don't want to spoil it. Rest assured though, everything you love about the genre is preserved here without the overhead of the PC game. The tech tree, units, city expansion, conflict between the tribes - it's all here... with the added twist of only having 30 turns to get the job done and become the dominant civilization. It is a great game to play when you have a bit of time and it lends itself to seeing if you can improve on yourself each time you play. For the more competitive among us, you are given a score at the end of the game to see where your civilization ranks among the other players if you want to fight your way up the official leaderboard.
The art style is just fantastic. It showcases clean modern design principals with the right amount of whimsy. The interface is easy to read on the screen and every civ has a distinct look and feel. The only in-app purchases are to add additional civilizations at .99 cents each, and I found it a nice way to expand my play options while supporting the developer at the same time.
My wish list is short. There is not a lot to improve here, but I wish the developer would implement achievements - the game is just made for giving the player alternate goals and objectives. Turn based head-to-head play (either on-line or pass and play) is a bit tougher request for an indie studio, but it would take the game to another level.
Even without the additions, Super Tribes is one of the best games on the App Store and The Nomads highly recommend the game.
Super Tribes by Midjiwan can be found on the Apple AppStore.