Some of the greatest time wasters on the PC involve sitting your digital tank on the side of a hill and trying to launch ordinance at the opposing tank on the other hill. Iron Crusade is one of those games, and it’s a good one, and I might actually play it again someday.

As I said before, this is a game where you and the computer have tanks and take turns trying to blow each other up. You can move your tank for a better angle or to collect crystals (more on those in a moment). You aim your shot by dragging your finger along the path you want your shell to take. That sounds easy, but it’s more challenging than you would think. Combat is fun and engaging, and while it’s not complicated, you’ll have to put in some effort if you want to win.

The hook is that as you progress from battle to battle, you’ll need to upgrade your tank with new guns and armor and stuff, and you do that by collecting them during battles or paying real dollars for them. They aren’t necessarily just laying around on the battlefield, though. Usually, you have to blow holes in the ground to get to them. So, fights become an attempt to balance gathering crystals and taking out your enemy. Spend too much time gathering and you might just find yourself blown up.

Unfortunately, there is no multiplayer in Iron Crusade. It would have been fun to be able to battle your friends as we did in similar games on the computer, but alas.

Iron Crusade is free if you don’t throw down cash for crystals, and it’s definitely worth the space on your phone’s hard drive, because it’ll stick in your head enough that you’ll want to keep coming back to it.

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