Quantum Siege Review: Impressive 1v1 Strategy

Quantum Siege

The Basics

  • Name: Quantum Siege
  • Developer: Armada Interactive
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Price: Free, with IAPs

The Details

  • Installed size: 968mb
  • Best played in medium-long sessions
  • Minor bugs experienced
  • Playable Offline: No

What is Quantum Siege?

Quantum Siege might seem like yet another Clash Royale-like game at first, but it has a lot more to offer. Like most chest & card games, Quantum Siege gives players a selection of units to choose from and power-up by collecting duplicate cards by unlocking chests (or charging keys). Battles are 1 on on 1, either against players or the AI in the game’s single player mode. That is where a lot of the similarities begin to fade away.

Quantum Siege units are divided into 4 basic classes, heroes, squads, constructs, and siege engines. Each of your armies can only have 2 heroes, 2 siege engine, a total of 4 constructs or squads. Moreover, units are not summoned using mana, instead summoning a unit triggers a global cooldown. The stronger the unit, the longer the cooldown. Units can also only be summoned a limited number of times during each battle, adding to the strategic implications of each summon.

Players can summon their units anywhere within a 360 degree arc around the map in single player, and in friendly or neutral territory in PVP. That means that a setup of catapults can be set up on one side of the map, while some melee troops can be summoned on the other. This gives you a number of ways to solve the puzzle-like single player levels, and a need to constantly be aware of your opponent’s strategy in PVP.

Quantum Siege Gameplay
Quantum Siege can look better on more powerful devices.

Content

  • Nearly 40 units to collect
  • Stamina system: No
  • PVP: Yes
  • CO-OP: No
  • Social features: None

Presentation

  • Graphics quality: Great
  • Audio quality: Good
  • Audio recommended: No
  • UI quality: Average
  • Overall presentation: Good

Recommendation

Quantum Siege is simply one of the best strategy games on mobile. The game features a tremendous amount of options, while adding constraints in just the right places. Each of the game’s 39 units is unique, either in fighting style, targeting priority, or strengths and weaknesses. That makes choosing the right loadout crucial for success. Of course that is just the pre-battle strategy. Once you are in a match there is a new wave of choices that need to be made. Quantum Siege’s graphics are also top notch, but they appear to automatically adjust in order to maintain a stable frame-rate. That means less eye candy on weaker devices in exchange for smooth gameplay that allows players to focus on making the right strategic choice.

At the end of the day, despite all of the strategic nuances the game has to offer, it is still a chest & card game. Players will likely have plenty of one sided matches against opponents that have much stronger or weaker units. That is despite the game separating players into leagues based on their victory points. If this game had a tournament mode that balance unit levels it would help alleviate this and take Quantum Siege to the next level. As it stands it’s still a game worth playing and a must play for strategy game fans.

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Note: This preview reflects the author’s views on the game at the time it was played. The state of the game may have changed since that time. Please note that installed size includes optional downloads where applicable.
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