The latest Tower Defense entry into the App Store comes from Super Squawk Software in the form of The Creeps! [App Store].

The Creeps! is certainly worth a look for those who enjoyed Fieldrunners. Unlike Fieldrunners, this new game offers predefined maps (rather than an empty field) on which you build your defenses. The game comes with 10 different stages which are actually five distinct maps split into a traditional and "unlimited" modes. The traditional mode offers a set number of "waves" of Creeps that try to make their way through your defenses, while the unlimited offers just that.

The game adds a number of nice touches that introduce new dimensions to the genre. For example, many of the best map locations are occupied by physical objects (trees, gravestones). Like the Creeps themselves, these objects can also be destroyed by targeting your firepower against them. This, however, takes time and resources away from fighting the actual enemies, so compromises have to be made. As levels progress, new towers are introduced and one actually requires the use of the accelerometer to deploy.

The game is surprisingly challenging with difficulty ramping up at each level.

With the sheer number of Tower Defense games on the iPhone, there's always a constant debate about which is the "best". While some may prefer a game with more depth such as 7 Cities, The Creeps! offers a less tangible "fun" factor that we also found in Fieldrunners. The Creeps! is being offered for an introductory price of $1.99 (normally $4.99) over the holidays. Unfortunately, the game does not include any sound effects in this version.

This gameplay video shows how the game looks, though does not demonstrate the targeting of physical objects. Note: it was just recorded for the purpose of showing the game, rather than to demonstrate a sensible TD strategy.


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App Store Link: The Creeps!, $1.99

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  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    Since days I have got alot of fun with this game!
    It manages to add some new stuff to the genre,
    so as a tower defense addict it is a MUST HAVE :)

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    Since days I have got alot of fun with this game!
    It manages to add some new stuff to the genre,
    so as a tower defense addict it is a MUST HAVE :)

  • Oliver

    The lack of sound irritates me. With that absurd graphical style, there have to be a bunch of absurd sound effects ;)

  • Oliver

    The lack of sound irritates me. With that absurd graphical style, there have to be a bunch of absurd sound effects ;)

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    I'm very sure, sound will come soon.
    But for me it is not affecting my decision for a TD game.
    I mean, Fieldrunners? Anybody? ;)

  • http://www.metroccolis.com your personal robot

    I'm very sure, sound will come soon.
    But for me it is not affecting my decision for a TD game.
    I mean, Fieldrunners? Anybody? ;)

  • http://www.screensenvironment.blogspot.com Zakai Hamilton

    I bought the game and highly recommend it.
    Its nice playing 7cities, Fieldrunners and The Creeps since each one brings its own depth to the game and the graphics are beautiful. The sound is less of an issue since I like listening to my own music.

    I don't think it's who is better. I think with the prices these games are offered, who has to choose ;)

  • http://www.screensenvironment.blogspot.com Zakai Hamilton

    I bought the game and highly recommend it.
    Its nice playing 7cities, Fieldrunners and The Creeps since each one brings its own depth to the game and the graphics are beautiful. The sound is less of an issue since I like listening to my own music.

    I don't think it's who is better. I think with the prices these games are offered, who has to choose ;)

  • Wulfsige

    I bought this game and I was honestly surprised. Great game and hopefully some good updates come out to add more levels and even more cool towers. I haven't gotten all that far but one issue I've found is with the UFO tower, I used it once and ended up with a tower that I couldn't use for many turns. I eventually sold it but does anyone know if they eventually recharge and I was just impatient?

  • Wulfsige

    I bought this game and I was honestly surprised. Great game and hopefully some good updates come out to add more levels and even more cool towers. I haven't gotten all that far but one issue I've found is with the UFO tower, I used it once and ended up with a tower that I couldn't use for many turns. I eventually sold it but does anyone know if they eventually recharge and I was just impatient?

  • http://www.mrbass.org mrbass

    Yes UFO and Oil do recharge takes maybe 2 mins I'm guessing. It's better though just to sell it after you use it and take the $200 loss or so and repurchase it again and it's obviously available for immediate use again.

  • http://www.mrbass.org mrbass

    Yes UFO and Oil do recharge takes maybe 2 mins I'm guessing. It's better though just to sell it after you use it and take the $200 loss or so and repurchase it again and it's obviously available for immediate use again.

  • Mr.C

    Thanks for the review. Looks very promissing. I think I will buy it right away :)

  • Mr.C

    Thanks for the review. Looks very promissing. I think I will buy it right away :)

  • CrocStock

    First sudoku games, now this! TOO MANY TOWER DEFENCE GAMES!!!

  • CrocStock

    First sudoku games, now this! TOO MANY TOWER DEFENCE GAMES!!!

  • dan

    Truthfully I found this game pretty dull... The special towers don't really do it for me, even though the accelerometer use is 'nifty'. Also the targeting and obstructions are a nice touch, but it just doesnt have the sense of balance that fieldrunners does.

  • dan

    Truthfully I found this game pretty dull... The special towers don't really do it for me, even though the accelerometer use is 'nifty'. Also the targeting and obstructions are a nice touch, but it just doesnt have the sense of balance that fieldrunners does.

  • http://www.owlboy.com/ OwlBoy

    Now there is a TD game with an art style I can get on board with!

    @CrocStock: At least with these type of games, lots of things can be done to change up gameplay. Sudoku is just Sudoku.

  • http://www.owlboy.com/ OwlBoy

    Now there is a TD game with an art style I can get on board with!

    @CrocStock: At least with these type of games, lots of things can be done to change up gameplay. Sudoku is just Sudoku.

  • Mr.C

    To some extend dan is right. The game lacks of difficulty. It was so easy to solve. I still was not able to finish Fieldrunners on medium but this was one to easy.

  • Mr.C

    To some extend dan is right. The game lacks of difficulty. It was so easy to solve. I still was not able to finish Fieldrunners on medium but this was one to easy.

  • SamPod

    I've played most of the Tower Defense games and I must say that TapDefense is by far my favorite.

    It is the most challenging, fun, and has greater re-playability than the other games. They also just released version 1.2 which adds new challenges ... and, of course, it's FREE!

  • SamPod

    I've played most of the Tower Defense games and I must say that TapDefense is by far my favorite.

    It is the most challenging, fun, and has greater re-playability than the other games. They also just released version 1.2 which adds new challenges ... and, of course, it's FREE!

  • Gamergirl

    I like the game. It might be a little easy, but overall it's pretty awesome and it looks good too. Just like with Fieldrunners, I'm sure they will come out with a later edition with sound. I hope they do.

  • Gamergirl

    I like the game. It might be a little easy, but overall it's pretty awesome and it looks good too. Just like with Fieldrunners, I'm sure they will come out with a later edition with sound. I hope they do.

  • Cosmo

    I bought this and it is fun, but I quickly reached a point where I no longer want to play because the challenge is too low. Great fun for a day or two, but expect to master it quickly (especially if you have experience with TD games).

  • Cosmo

    I bought this and it is fun, but I quickly reached a point where I no longer want to play because the challenge is too low. Great fun for a day or two, but expect to master it quickly (especially if you have experience with TD games).

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