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Auralux looks easy, but gets hard quickly (pictures)

This colorful game gives you a great overall experience while you play, with bright colors, pulsating suns, and music and sound effects that fit well with the action.

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Starts off easy

When you begin a level, you can see all the suns (gray) you can potentially conquer. Move slowly and carefully and never leave a sun with too few armies to protect it.
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Pinch to zoom

You have the option to see the whole gameboard or zoom in on the battles. You'll end up switching back and forth as you play each level.
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Upgrade to win

The larger suns produce more armies, and you can get them by upgrading the suns that have rings around them.
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Later, it gets crazy

As you progress and all the suns are occupied, you'll start having to defend against multiple attacks while sending out attacking forces of your own simultaneously.
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Check your stats

At the end of each game, you can view how the game progressed from the conquest of the first sun all the way to the end.

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