505049_5The iPhone or iPod Touch is certainly the device to own if you're into defending things. Whether you like defending using towers, flicking, or in the case of MonsterKill [App Store], gesture-based spell casting, the App Store has you covered.

The goal of the game is to defend your wall from an onslaught from zombies, wolf men, vampires, and frankenstein monsters, each with slightly different behaviors. Slaying these monsters involves casting spells. The simplest attack is executed by just swiping across enemies to cut them in half. The first spell you come across is a lightning bolt, and to cast it you just draw a lightning bolt on screen. Other spells include an ice block, cast by drawing a V and a fireball cast by drawing an upward arrow.

The gesture system actually works pretty well, and seems to be a cool way to handle multiple attacks without any kind of action bar to select them. It can be kind of hard to aim your spells, but after playing the game for a bit you get a hang of where you need to draw the various gestures to get their effects to end up where you want them.

The trailer by Origin8 shows the gestures and gameplay:

The meter at the top of the screen shows how much more mana you have to cast spells, and it slowly regenerates over time. Between levels, you will have the opportunity to upgrade your spells and repair your wall like most similar games.

If you haven't had fun playing castle defenders in the past, the gesture system likely isn't enough to make you like MonsterKill. Like most Castle Defense games, it can get a bit monotonous grinding through wave after wave of attackers in order to buy upgrades. But, clearly the genre has a big following, and if you're a fan, Monsterkill is certainly worth considering.

App Store Link: MonsterKill, 99¢

  • PeterM

    I am not a big fan of castle defense games but am downloading this now..........looks interesting and reminds me of old school rpg's I used to play with final fantasy type spells :)

  • PeterM

    I am not a big fan of castle defense games but am downloading this now..........looks interesting and reminds me of old school rpg's I used to play with final fantasy type spells :)

  • master lee

    well im a big fan of TD games and this game is awesome.......lol

    • danny

      what's so funny?

      • PeterM

        LOL !!

      • Slapshot

        He says "lol" after every sentence he says. :/ Get used to it.

  • master lee

    well im a big fan of TD games and this game is awesome.......lol

    • danny

      what's so funny?

      • PeterM

        LOL !!

      • Slapshot

        He says "lol" after every sentence he says. :/ Get used to it.

  • sticktron

    I'm NOT a castle defense fan, but this game is hard not to like... it's VERY polished, and has depth (achievements, upgrading, etc.).

  • sticktron

    I'm NOT a castle defense fan, but this game is hard not to like... it's VERY polished, and has depth (achievements, upgrading, etc.).

  • http://worldofsolitaire.com Robert Schultz

    I LOVE defense games and I am downloading this one right now.

    It looks really nicely done!

  • http://worldofsolitaire.com Robert Schultz

    I LOVE defense games and I am downloading this one right now.

    It looks really nicely done!

  • nickcaveman

    well, bought it, because i like these old monsters and it looks interesting.

  • nickcaveman

    well, bought it, because i like these old monsters and it looks interesting.

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    Looks fun! NO lite version available? :(

  • http://www.taykron.com/ matriax

    Looks fun! NO lite version available? :(

  • Dark NRG

    Sometimes when I get the SAME game but with DIFFERENT characters, I start to feel like some little old lady whose house is filled with hundreds of turtle knicknacks or something.

    • Dark NRG

      ...Like my device has all of one type of game, but different flavors. It's too much.

  • Dark NRG

    Sometimes when I get the SAME game but with DIFFERENT characters, I start to feel like some little old lady whose house is filled with hundreds of turtle knicknacks or something.

    • Dark NRG

      ...Like my device has all of one type of game, but different flavors. It's too much.

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    COOL, like this game. Thumbs UP!! :)

  • http://www.wiglingtonandwenks.com fun games for kids

    COOL, like this game. Thumbs UP!! :)