969325_20090803_790screen001 Critical Thought Games' geoDefense Swarm has finally arrived in the App Store [$0.99]. We previewed the game back in August and loved it.

Fans of the original will no doubt love geoDefense Swarm. It has the same excellent Geometry Wars-inspired graphics, massive particle effect explosions, and (at higher difficulty levels) will test the skill of even veterans of the tower defense genre. In my time with the game there has been many times where I've lost levels (or been close to losing) and just turned my phone off, decided I was finished with the game… and then five minutes later would be playing again. How much geoDefense Swarm has me coming back to it, even after punching me in the face with creeps, really is an excellent benchmark for how good the game is.

geoDefense Swarm is an open field tower defense (TD) followup to the original geoDefense which was a fixed path TD game. Beyond its beautifully implemented retro style, the original geoDefense received high praise for the franticly paced and challenging nature of its levels. geoDefense Swarm seems to carry this design philosophy forward into the open field format where you need to build the path for the enemies to traverse.

While some of the tower placements were obvious in the original, the sequel leaves you with wide open maps and many decisions to be made. Towers can be built on a hex grid which is constructed of several types of terrain. For instance, some hex tiles you can't build on but creeps can move through, and some tiles speed creeps or even heal them. The amount of variety in each level really tests your tower defending skill and how well you can utilize the included towers to survive. A strategy you discovered in a previous level can be rendered completely ineffective thanks to the next level's hex grid layout.

The game has 30 levels, 6 tower types with 7 levels each. geoDefense Swarm is available for only $0.99.

App Store Link: geoDefense Swarm, $0.99

  • ivosmo

    Yes!!!

  • ivosmo

    Yes!!!

  • John

    YES finally.

    I wanted to purchase it but it said "this item is currently not available for purchase. This item is being modified."

    I'll buy it as soon as this works again.

  • John

    YES finally.

    I wanted to purchase it but it said "this item is currently not available for purchase. This item is being modified."

    I'll buy it as soon as this works again.

  • Kita

    aaaaannd bought. Still think the first one is too hard but what the heck, it's only a buck and I love the graphics. I would rather buy 20 1 dollar apps and have 7 to 10 great ones than one 5 dollar app and hate it.

  • Kita

    aaaaannd bought. Still think the first one is too hard but what the heck, it's only a buck and I love the graphics. I would rather buy 20 1 dollar apps and have 7 to 10 great ones than one 5 dollar app and hate it.

  • http://www.ekindesigns.com Jeff Broderick

    Not sure why, but i cant find it in the App Store from my phone.

    • arn

      it just came out, the link should work, but it might take time for it to show up in search.

    • Joe

      If you browse to this page on your phone and click the link it will work. It's not listed in the phone app store anywhere, though, you have to direct link to it.

  • http://www.ekindesigns.com Jeff Broderick

    Not sure why, but i cant find it in the App Store from my phone.

    • arn

      it just came out, the link should work, but it might take time for it to show up in search.

    • Joe

      If you browse to this page on your phone and click the link it will work. It's not listed in the phone app store anywhere, though, you have to direct link to it.

  • joe

    bad.

    ass.

    this may actually make me get the ipod touch 2.1G. even after the huge disappointment of it's announcement....

    • joe

      actually... it will not make me buy a 2.1G touch... but I'm going to support the game by buying it on itunes.

  • joe

    bad.

    ass.

    this may actually make me get the ipod touch 2.1G. even after the huge disappointment of it's announcement....

    • joe

      actually... it will not make me buy a 2.1G touch... but I'm going to support the game by buying it on itunes.

  • Tom

    INSTA BOUGHT!

    I love geoDefense. It was one of my favorite apps of all time! I'm hoping for more extreme challenges that make me want to cry and throw my phone out of a moving car. I've been looking forward to this one ever since it was first announced.

    WOOT

  • Tom

    INSTA BOUGHT!

    I love geoDefense. It was one of my favorite apps of all time! I'm hoping for more extreme challenges that make me want to cry and throw my phone out of a moving car. I've been looking forward to this one ever since it was first announced.

    WOOT

  • Justin

    FINALLY! I have been waiting for this for over a month and am really happy it is now released.

  • Justin

    FINALLY! I have been waiting for this for over a month and am really happy it is now released.

  • ElliotXtreme

    Just bought it from the UK store and refuse to go to sleep...

  • ElliotXtreme

    Just bought it from the UK store and refuse to go to sleep...

  • http://www.sleekgames.net psionic81

    nice.. i love TD games.. insta-buy, especially @ $0.99.

    Honestly given the strength of the original, I'd have paid $2.99 even for an intro price w/out hesitation.

  • http://www.sleekgames.net psionic81

    nice.. i love TD games.. insta-buy, especially @ $0.99.

    Honestly given the strength of the original, I'd have paid $2.99 even for an intro price w/out hesitation.

  • LOLCATZ

    This game is hard as a$$! (Not an inherently bad thing by the way) ;)

  • LOLCATZ

    This game is hard as a$$! (Not an inherently bad thing by the way) ;)

  • http://www.sleekgames.net psionic81

    lol yep :) honestly, i've tried level 1 for like an hour and gave up for tonight.. lol! level freakin' 1...

  • http://www.sleekgames.net psionic81

    lol yep :) honestly, i've tried level 1 for like an hour and gave up for tonight.. lol! level freakin' 1...

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Wasnt there word of an "endless" setting and a clean field as well? Am i just not seeing it?

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    Wasnt there word of an "endless" setting and a clean field as well? Am i just not seeing it?

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    After four fields, I now dub this the best TD game on the iPhone. Go open-field TD games!

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    After four fields, I now dub this the best TD game on the iPhone. Go open-field TD games!

  • Sentientdead

    I just did 92 waves on endless easy and like the first game, I will probably never be able to beat any level after easy. This game is ballz hard. I love it!

    • JeffinSF

      I also completed 92 waves on easy and then lost. Not sure what the Thump Towers do. GREAT GAME, however! I'll be playing this one for many many hours.

  • Sentientdead

    I just did 92 waves on endless easy and like the first game, I will probably never be able to beat any level after easy. This game is ballz hard. I love it!

    • JeffinSF

      I also completed 92 waves on easy and then lost. Not sure what the Thump Towers do. GREAT GAME, however! I'll be playing this one for many many hours.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    @psionic81
    I agree.

    This was an "insta-buy" for me, too, and it would have been the same at $1.99, and I would have thought twice at $2.99 but still bought it. Hopefully, this is just an intro price. WAY undervalued in my opinion.

    I guess I should play it now. lol.

  • http://www.buzzabit.com/aaron Aaron Sullivan

    @psionic81
    I agree.

    This was an \"insta-buy\" for me, too, and it would have been the same at $1.99, and I would have thought twice at $2.99 but still bought it. Hopefully, this is just an intro price. WAY undervalued in my opinion.

    I guess I should play it now. lol.

  • Dave

    At $.99 its a no brainer. He'll sell a min of 250,000 copies if it gets the scores of the original. That is a smart price point. Sure he could have charged more...but he'll ultimately sell more at this price and keep it at the top of the "what's hot" list.

  • Dave

    At $.99 its a no brainer. He'll sell a min of 250,000 copies if it gets the scores of the original. That is a smart price point. Sure he could have charged more...but he'll ultimately sell more at this price and keep it at the top of the "what's hot" list.

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    For some reason there was already a Feint account attached to my game.. Anyone else also find this?
    How do i delete the account or sign out from it or even create a new account? Very frustrating... Cant find it anywhere.
    Also, still no answer on how to enable "endless" mode...

    Please please some help, please...

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    For some reason there was already a Feint account attached to my game.. Anyone else also find this?
    How do i delete the account or sign out from it or even create a new account? Very frustrating... Cant find it anywhere.
    Also, still no answer on how to enable "endless" mode...

    Please please some help, please...

  • tau

    Great game, although i have to confess that i like geoDefense more because of the fixed levels. I always wished there would be a level editor inlcuded. The initial version has a few bugs, at least on my iPodTouch with i guess 2.2.1

  • tau

    Great game, although i have to confess that i like geoDefense more because of the fixed levels. I always wished there would be a level editor inlcuded. The initial version has a few bugs, at least on my iPodTouch with i guess 2.2.1

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    I guess i was really hoping for a field runners situation where i had open fields and endless gameplay. At least one board... Oh well :(

  • http://Www.moistproduction.com Moist

    I guess i was really hoping for a field runners situation where i had open fields and endless gameplay. At least one board... Oh well :(

  • dasboot

    This game is not that good. I mean, yeah the graphics are nice and everything, but it's kind of boring for an open path TD game. Long live TriDefense and Def Chronicles!!!

  • dasboot

    This game is not that good. I mean, yeah the graphics are nice and everything, but it's kind of boring for an open path TD game. Long live TriDefense and Def Chronicles!!!

  • sam

    Definitely not as good as Geodefense. It is much harder to the point where it is almost impossible to beat the hard levels. I tried to beat the first hard level for 2 hours straight and couldn't do it. This is still a fun game though. I already cracked my iPod from playing it.

  • sam

    Definitely not as good as Geodefense. It is much harder to the point where it is almost impossible to beat the hard levels. I tried to beat the first hard level for 2 hours straight and couldn't do it. This is still a fun game though. I already cracked my iPod from playing it.