Review: Enjoy a relaxing strategy game with Auralux

Beautiful graphics and a soothing soundtrack make this strategy game quite compelling.

Auralux is a strategy game for both iPhone and iPod. With beautiful graphics and a soothing ambient soundtrack, warfare has never been so relaxing.

Auralux is one of those games that's hard to explain but relatively easy to figure out once you start playing it. The object of the game is to defend your sun from attackers and take over enemy suns by overwhelming them with "units" produced by your sun. You direct the flow of units by selecting them and then touching the desired destination, and they float gently across the screen to where you want them. Part of what's so fun and frustrating about Auralux is that it moves slowly; your units drift leisurely to their destination, and they may or may not get there in time to defeat your attackers. That's where the strategy comes in, though; you have to constantly anticipate enemy moves and plan ahead for them. The game starts with a tutorial that explains the basics, and we got the hang of it in no time. We were impressed with the high-quality graphics as well as the numerous levels and challenges that the game presents. While we often find that the music that accompanies games becomes annoying after a while, that's not the case with Auralux; the soundtrack is relaxing and the sound effects are well integrated, making the audio an enjoyable -- though optional -- part of the game. We ended up playing Auralux for far longer than we intended, which is the highest praise we can offer any game. Anyone who enjoys a good strategy game will likely find Auralux quite compelling.

Auralux installs and uninstalls without issues.

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