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App description: Explore, Build, Fight, Prevail!

With only 85 turns to build your empire, can you repel the barbarian hordes? This award-winning game design is a unique blend of strategy and puzzle gameplay.

A mysterious fog has covered your empire. As a Pharaoh of Mythic Egypt, you must explore the land to sweep away the fog and learn what remains of your kingdom. Once you have found the cities and mines that have been lost in the fog, you can rebuild your empire by building trade routes and developing technology. But don't take too long! After 85 turns, the barbarians attack. Will your empire withstand their assault, or will your enemies smash it into rubble?

Defense of the Oasis has won numerous awards, including the Independent Games Festival's prestigious Seumas McNally Award for Game of the Year. It has been described as a cross between Minesweeper and Civilization. Tycho of Penny Arcade has described it as "A Minesweeper RPG."

Algorithmically-generated levels guarantee that every game of Defense of the Oasis is completely unique.

A single level can be played in a few minutes, but you will want to play for hours.

Whether you're a casual player or a hardcore gamer, you'll find a suitable challenge.

Follow the stories of nine different Pharaohs in "Up the Nile," "Plagues of Egypt" and seven other multi-level adventures.
07-12-2010, 08:20 PM
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 5,338
Could be cool. Would love to see a gameplay video of this.

07-12-2010, 08:58 PM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Burlingame CA
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I have been testing this. It works well, good implementation on the device. Play is turn-based, so it plays at the speed you do, I'm not sure a video would give more information than screenshots. If anyone who buys it has questions or comments I will do my best to answer or pass them on.
07-12-2010, 10:42 PM
Joined: Feb 2009
Location: Saratoga, CA, USA
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I grabbed it immediately assuming it is a direct port of the famous PC/Mac game.


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Last edited by LordGek; 07-12-2010 at 10:50 PM.
07-13-2010, 12:49 AM
Brilliant game, perfect for the device. Best fun I've had on the iPad since carcassonne. Highly recommended.
07-13-2010, 12:56 AM
Joined: Sep 2009
Location: Kansas
Posts: 5,338
So what is the gameplay like? From looking at the pictures and reading the info, I still have no idea.
07-13-2010, 01:49 AM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Burlingame CA
Posts: 2,443
On reflection, it would be nice to have a gameplay video that would illustrate how it works. But I don't think I have the right stuff to make one. How do most people make iPad videos, anyway?

The game is played in scenarios. Each scenario you have a limited amount of time (usually 85 turns) to explore a 10x10 desert which contains cities, mountains, and an oasis containing an obelisk. At the end of your time, barbarians attack the desert cities and possibly the obelisk. Your goal is to discover the obelisk and organize the defense of the desert cities to defeat the barbarians. It is turn based so each "move" you make consumes one time unit. A move could be exploring a space, building a road between cities, building a mine in certain mountain spaces, exploring a discovered city looking for items or advisors that will help your defense.

There is a pretty good tutorial built into the game.

I have a connection with the authors but I'm not involved in making the game myself.
07-13-2010, 03:07 AM
Joined: Mar 2009
Posts: 4,442
I've played through three worlds so far and I'm enjoying it. Elements of exploration, deduction, decision-making, and resource management are combined in interesting ways to create an innovative game. Tons of worlds, levels, and difficulty levels too.

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07-13-2010, 03:39 AM
So far, i'm pretty impressed and it takes a lot seeing that i go through tons of apps for reviews for work. cool gameplay as mentioned by the above posters. Think of it as minesweeper but with more strategy.
07-13-2010, 04:31 AM
Joined: Jul 2010
Posts: 11
Gameplay footage

You can watch me give a gameplay demo of the PC version in this video.


Last edited by mahk; 07-13-2010 at 05:44 PM. Reason: Created a trimmed version of the video.