One good thing about the game is the upgrades. As the game progresses, new tools and upgrades become available. Some of them use unit that will help your team or hurt the other directly. The unique thing about some upgrades is that some of them do not work until later. For example, one upgrade acts as a revenge bomb. Once the unit dies, it will unleash several smaller units that will start attacking the enemy. Another upgrade is calling in allies that will aide your side through effects like attacking the other side or bring in extra supplies. These ally units come at a steep price, but they can turn the tide of battle if ever in a tight situation.
Unfortunately, the weakest part of the game is the battle itself. Like most strategy games, you need to send your units towards the enemy base. However, these games usually have a detailed map where terrain is part of the strategy. With Battlepillars
, it is always a straight line with no option of changing direction or even sidestepping. Without a way of changing things along the way, it becomes merely a battle of unit selection. Even with that area, there is not much strategy to use there, either. As mentioned earlier, you can buy new units in order to use deeper strategies, but that really is not necessary. By using a few powerful units with a little speed and/or armor, it becomes too easy to overwhelm the enemy with only a few units. This is especially true with multiplayer. In multiplayer, the first player that can send three strong units will usually win the battle. Without the need to think, the battles are merely a series of crashing units.
The battle’s one redeeming quality is the gold challenges. Along with simply defeating the enemy army, a gold challenge asks you to complete the battle under special circumstances. Some of them are simple enough like using a certain size unit. However, others require things like limiting how much you can use. When working under these conditions, it forces you go use some strategy. It is not enough to save the game, but they help it from being a total lost.