Mini Guns Review: Like Clash Royale, but…
- Name: Mini Guns
- Developer: Riposte Games & Co
- Genre: Strategy
- Price: Free, with IAPs
- Installed size: 307 mb
- Best played in short-medium sessions
- Number of matchmaking & UI bugs
- Playable Offline: No
What is Mini Guns?
Mini Guns is a 3 lane Clash Royale like title from Riposte Games. Players use their collections of military themed mini-figures summoned using a constantly refilling stream of energy to battle in 1 on on 1 or 2 on 2 skirmishes. There’s a wide variety of units available, from stationary machine gunners to tanks and attack helicopters. Units are stronger against certain types of units, but can be easily taken down by others, giving the game a nice bit of strategy. Like most chest & card games, winning gets you a chest with an unlock timer and the chance to get more minis. Unlike, most chest & card games, Mini Guns doesn’t have a premium currency, everything uses the game’s basic gold coins. The game also only gives new users a single slot for chests, which can either be used to open a chest or upgrade a mini figure. More slots need to be unlocked with gold.
- Playable characters: 44 minis, 21 & 23 per faction
- Stamina system: No
- PVP: Yes
- CO-OP: Yes(once 2 vs 2 is unlocked)
- Social features: Guilds, chat, replays
- Graphics quality: Good
- Audio quality: Average
- Audio recommended: No
- UI quality: Average
- Overall presentation: Good
Mini Guns on Android is a bit of a tough game to give a verdict on. On the one hand, initially having only one upgrade/unlock slot makes the very unfriendly towards users who don’t spend money. It goes several steps beyond the amount of “pay to win” that most similar games already have. On the other hand, the game itself is pretty good. The graphics are nice, the units are varied and have a number of trade-offs that need to be considered before placement, and there is a real strategic element here. There are some issues with the AI’s pathfinding getting stuck briefly, and matchmaking has been spotty during the review process, but these are things that can be ironed out in later patches. The sticking point of this game is how tolerant are you of the way that upgrades and chest unlocking is handled. If you’re fine with it, the game has a lot of upside, and it’s worth a try. If you’re allergic to anything that resembles pay to win, steer clear of Mini Guns.