Game Studies. Narrative in Games. Digital Mythology.
First Strike for the iOS
At the end of last week I got into a game for the iOS called "First Strike" which is a nuclear war strategy game. The premise is that world war III has already broken out and you must participate in the nuclear war in order to be the last nation standing. Pyrrhic victory is a foregone conclusion. I was drawn to this game because I am personally fascinated by the concept and history of nuclear war and in particular, Cold War history, the US Trident Missile Program, all that sort of thing. Ironically enough, as it turns out, one of your main offensive capabilities, the First Strike, which sends all of your available nukes in one volley to a target of your choice, is in fact the most perilous option available to players from very early in the game. True to the actual concept of Mutually-Assured Destruction, the target country usually launches a retaliatory first strike against your country of equal or greater force. After several playthroughs, I ceased using the first strike ability altogether. This was due to my inability to successfully defend against that many missiles at once. Despite its grim premise, First Strike is actually an enjoyable and challenging strategy game. Recommended for the iPad. It plays well-enough on the iphone, but its far easier to launch nukes and defend against incoming missiles on a larger screen.