With the ever increasing processing power of mobile phones and tablets the games are forever getting better, however they are mostly let down by the now common touchscreen interface, quite often not offering the precise gaming experience many are after and making what can be a fun game into an infuriating one. The Vita however is able to straddle both worlds, offering the touchscreen components with more standard physical inputs, granting these mobile games a new lease of life.
One such game is Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops, a command your troops touch screen affair on mobiles and tablets that has been given a whole new meaning on the portable console, combining Tiny Troopers and Tiny Troopers 2 into one neat little package.
With war being declared, a group of cute but deadly soldiers are ready to fight in this new conflict and with deft use of the Vita's control sticks and touch screen capabilities you are soon commanding you own crack team of soldiers deep behind enemy lines. For many gamers of a certain age there will be squeals of joy as Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops has an uncanny resemblance to the classic Cannon Fodder and you would not be far wrong, as played in a certain way (touchscreen only) it does have that familiar feel to it, but in reality it feels a lot better as a twin stick shooter, only using the touch screen inputs for calling in the heavy artillery with simple swipes rather than plotting routes and tapping at enemies, the dual sticks giving the game a much faster arcade feel to it.
Each of the games campaigns have a decent amount of missions to take on, all offering adjustable difficulty settings across a varied selection of scenarios from the more basic shoot everything that moves missions to more challenging modes like protecting journalists, surviving waves of enemy attacks, on-rails shooter levels where you ride in an armoured vehicle and of course, what army game would be complete without a zombie mode, surviving wave after wave of zombies and even undead chickens, vying for an online high score at the same time as lining your war chest with much needed cash.
By collecting cash (CP), as well as plenty of other items like medals and vital intel along the many missions you are slowly able to purchase and upgrade new items, so even if keeping your troops alive is beneficial as they rank up and get tougher, if you do lose them on the field you can always supplement your team with better equipment like body armour for better defence and scopes for precision shooting or even splash the cash on a new recruit, adding a grenadier, medic and even a Flamer to your battle-group.
Though you have the option to play in various different ways, the more traditional twin stick shooter approach is by far the most satisfying on Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops, changing a top down perspective point and click strategy game into a more classic fast paced shooter across loads of quick play missions; there is plenty on offer in this great little war game.
Words by Ash Buchanan.
+ Great transition from mobile to console
+ Two games in one package
+ Loads of equipment to unlock
+ Short and punchy arcade-style levels
- Touchscreen only commands can get fiddly