Let’s start this off with a few assumptions: if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a fan of 4X strategy games. You’re probably something of a space geek, and you probably have a soft spot for genre classics like Master of Orion. You also probably own an iPhone or similar.
If all of that sounds true, you need to check out 9 Colonies, a brand-spanking new 4X space strategy game for iOS. Where Distant Star takes after sprawling, grand-strategy-and-exploration games like Sword of the Stars, 9 Colonies is a more story-driven take on the 4X formula. All of the core 4X elements are present — research, colony management, turn-based strategy — but with each developed in a novel (and satisfyingly minimalist) way. It may veer a bit on the casual side (as does Distant Star), but 9 Colonies is an excellent take on the 4X space strategy for iOS. Go check it out!