I’m going to come right out and say it: My.com’s Jungle Heat offers almost nothing that makes it a fresh or original experience. Outside of the jungle theme, it’s hard to find any way that it stands out among the competition. That said, its lack of originality doesn’t make it a bad game. While it will likely be lost amongst more prolific strategy titles, Jungle Heat makes for one of the genre’s most accessible entry points for Android gamers.
Players who are familiar with titles such as Supercell’s Clash of Clans, KIXEYE’s Backyard Monsters, or Kabam’s Edgeworld will immediately know what to expect from Jungle Heat. The gameplay successfully combines strategy with city building and generally presents the best of both worlds. After a brief tutorial of the game’s core functions, you’ll be left to learn the rest as you go. The game has an achievement list that can help track progress a bit, but there’s little guidance for players new to the genre. Players are expected to learn as they go. This approach isn’t necessarily wrong, but it can cause a bit too much of a learning curve for some individuals.
One of the major objectives in Jungle Heat is to build a base that can mine a ton of resources (gold and oil), as well as protect the command center from enemy attack. When you’re not under the veil of protection, your base is constantly available for other players to just wander in and strike. If they manage to destroy the command center, the battle is theirs. However, suffering other major damage can be just as devastating. Like other games, everything in Jungle Heat is done on real time. If a structure takes two hours to build or repair, you have to either wait two hours or pay diamonds (the premium currency) to finish. This approach has found financial success, but playing the waiting game has never been fun, and this is no exception.