Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution is a turn-based strategy title developed by High Tale Studios and tells the story of Charles Demontesquirrel, a revolution leader, on his path to dethrone King Louis for his ill ruling and mistreatment towards the people. This title contains five chapters with five levels each leading up to each boss. Each chapter has one boss but there really is not a boss fight. You fight the boss on each level of their specific chapter and they get more difficult as the chapter goes on. Each boss has a special ability that adds an annoying factor to their chapters and gives a challenge to completing some of the later levels. My least favorite ability would have to be the Tax Man’s, where he takes a certain amount of acorns away from you bank every turn. These acorns are used to purchase upgrades at the end of each turn. The three upgrades that you can purchase are attack damage, defense, and health and they last for one cycle. Each upgrade cost 200 acorns and you can purchase them up to four times per round with increasing effects. You can earn acorns two different ways. One way is by placing characters on top of piles of acorns that spawn randomly on the grid and the other way is by upgrading friendly combatants. Each character upgrades to a higher class when three of the same unit is placed beside each other either in a line or in an ‘L-shape’ formation. These acorns are essential to victory and that is the biggest reason that the Tax Man’s ability is such an annoyance. There is also a multiplayer feature in this game but is quite standard. It consists of the campaign levels, but you can face your friends in local multiplayer.
Overall, Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution is an interesting concept that just didn’t work out well. The game is priced at $10 USD, which I feel is a fair price. However, unless you are in need of a turn-based strategy game about squirrels, I would steer clear of this title until it goes on sale. It is fun but gets very mundane quickly.
*Note: A copy of this game was provided for the purpose of the review.
Final Score: 4.5/10