CrowdStar's Wasteland Empires on Facebook: Both fresh and decayed
According to lead producer Jonathan Cook, Wasteland Empires draws inspiration from the tower defense genre and classic strategy games like Warcraft and Starcraft. Simply put, CrowdStar is looking to emulate the hardcore strategy game experience, but without the massive amount of time that most strategy games demand. Not to mention in a setting that has admittedly been largely under-served on Facebook: Wasteland Empires takes place in the not-so-distant future, 58 years after the apocalypse.
"We picked the style because it's something that we wanted to see, and hadn't really seen anything else like that," Cook tells us. "We don't have as much time as we used to when we were in college, but to be able to build something that reminds us of games being fun, and bringing that to the Facebook environment, is just really exciting."
These motions will surely increase your population, which is split 50/50 between workers and attack units. There are multiple units to choose from like Scouts (small, fast units with speedy attacks), Clubbers (larger, beefier guys with slower attacks) and later on even gunners and troops piloting bipedal war machines. Attacking other players' or NPC (non-player character) outposts on the map is simply a matter of directing your squad of units to destroy any defensive buildings first and clean up what's left.
On paper, Wasteland Empires doesn't sound too different from the lot of strategy games already on Facebook. And, aside from its decidedly fresh setting and multifaceted approach to combat (it's not as simple as sending in a few meat shields while your long range snipers do the dirty work), you would be right. But Cook thinks that if there is one thing that separates this social, strategic wheat from the chaff, it's the story.
The story in Wasteland Empires unfurls with NPCs popping in from time to time and giving you things to do to progress. The main storyline is presented in chapters with specific quests and tasks. But CrowdStar plans to introduce other ways that the world's lore will be revealed to the player, namely through scavenging. Even now, you can see chunks of rubble with tags attached to them that read, "Coming Soon." Ultimately, the goal of the story is to explain how exactly this cataclysm happened.
Wasteland Empires might make a lot of the same moves that competitors like Kabam and Kixeye have in the sub genre, but CrowdStar has clearly taken some notes. CrowdStar's first foray into what the company plans to flesh out into a full-blown franchise is a fresh take on strategy gaming on Facebook, if only through its dreary, post-apocalyptic setting. That said, in time we could easily see Wasteland Empires become the Mad Max of social gaming.
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