WarGames is a classic 1983 movie, featuring Matthew Broderick who plays a young man that finds a back door into a military central computer in which reality is confused with game-playing, possibly starting World War III.
WarGames: WOPR is an official licenced game based on the movie, where you step into the tole of the WOPR computer to wage war against the characters form the movie. The game play is in the style of Puzzle Quest, where you have to match 3 or matching symbols to clear them off the board. There are a variety of different symbols, and as you clear them different effects occur.
Clearing satellite dishes gradually increases your radar strength up to 100%, and once at 100% you get to launch a special power up (missiles, health boosts, etc). Clearing dollar symbols allows you to buy special 'tactics' such as rocket launchers, grenades, etc, and clearing health packs increases your own health. Finally, every time you clear 3 or more rockets, that amount of rockets launches against the opponent, decreasing their health.
There are rewards and bonuses for clearing longer trails of icons, and a variety of 'mods' that can be purchased to supercharge your powers. At the end of every level (once you have decreased the health of your opponent to zero) you earn RAM which can be used to purchase more tactics and modifiers. You can buy additional RAM through micro-transactions, but after 4 or more hours of play, I have yet to find this necessary.
The actual gameplay is amazing, with a difficulty curve that eases you in but will quickly have you extremely challenged. In the first few levels mistakes can be made and it is easier enough to recover, but in the later stages of the game every move must be well considered. On reflection, the pace of the game gradually changes from a fast paced game like Tetris, to more of a chess-like speed.
On top of the great gameplay, the actual look and feel of the game are amazing. The screenshots really do not do it any justice, but the entire presentation is perfect, replicating the look and feel of the computer from the movie (and the 80's in general) perfectly. The sounds are also great, not being intrusive but still adding to the overall experience.
I will admit I was hesitant about purchasing this game, as puzzle games are a step out of my usual comfort zone, but in all honesty I can say this is the best game I have played on my android device, and one I have sunk more time into than any other mobile gaming experience. I suggest you spend the 99cents, then kick back and really get stuck into some great pocket puzzling! A brilliant game, and could not come more highly recommended.
In the words of the developer:
Wage intense battles of Global Thermonuclear War as the iconic WOPR computer