I'm really not even sure what to make of Gundead Defense [App Store]. It's a free tower defense game set in 1885 where cowboys are battling zombies in the wild west. While the premise is beyond ridiculous, the gameplay is extremely solid and it even features some functionality I haven't seen in other tower defense games before.

Gundead Defense follows the standard tower defense formula in that there are creeps traveling down a set path that you need to defend. Instead of placing towers, you position members of your posse armed with different kinds of weapons. You can also dispatch different henchmen down the path to fight with the creeps to supplement your defenses, which creates this interesting second layer of strategy to the game as you not only need to manage placing and upgrading members of your posse, but you also must strategically order your henchmen to attack to exploit the weaknesses of the various zombie types.

In addition, there's also a multiplayer mode where you can either play on a single device, or with two devices via Bluetooth. When playing via Bluetooth, both players play at once on a split map and you can see where your opponent is placing towers and everything. It's really cool, and again, I can't believe they're not charging for any of this.

The included single player has seven maps and features both a quick play mode and a story mode that focuses on your posse robbing a bank and being jumped by zombies. There's also a single 99ยข DLC level pack that adds an additional seven maps and allows you to play as the zombies who have completely different abilities. Purchasing the DLC pack also will let you play as the zombies in multiplayer.

I've been having a great time with Gundead Defense, and highly recommend downloading it. If you somehow haven't played a tower defense game before, this freebie is an excellent introduction to the genre.

App Store Link: Gundead Defense, Free

  • azz

    I propose a moratorium on tower defense games. Also, zombies.

  • trinisteve

    what is the deal with all these zombie games being released? is anyone else tired of hearing about them?

    • Adams Immersive

      The zombie craze baffles me.

      But the TD craze makes good sense ๐Ÿ™‚ Out of all the zillions of apps, there really arenโ€™t THAT many of themโ€”there are probably more shooters and other genres that nobody complains about when a new one is covered.

      Since TDs are fun, popular, and more widely varied than people may think, please keep reviewing new good ones!

      Weโ€™ve seen less than one TD review a week here on TAโ€”maybe a monthโ€”and that hardly seems like overload.

  • The Theory

    when the zombie aspect of a game is just a gimmick to generate interest, while the rest of the game poorly constructed or broken, then that is a huge problem. However, if the game would be great whether it is zombies or aliens or whatever, then I don't see a need to complain.

  • Rosh

    I'll give it a shot since it's free. Never been into tower defence, but this one looks quite cool.

  • jas0n

    I agree with Eli, this game is fun and I am surprised it's free. I haven't tried mp yet but the campaign is awesome, story is entertaining...solid game.

  • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

    Played it, loved it and then it was over so fast. This game is way to easy and short for me. I never died once and I was done under an hour. So buying the other 7 levels you will be playing as the zombies and I think it will be as short as the first 7 levels. Anyone bought these extra levels?

    • DieseliPhone

      Yep - I bought the extra levels, and they are the same length as the first ones, BUT the story is continued and gets pretty over the top!!! Worth .99 in my book & the zombies play very differently than the Outlaws. I thought the expansion was fun and added a bit of variety, too.

      • http://Www.demasseur.me Remon

        Thanks ๎–๎€Ž for that DieseliPhone! I think i'll wait for an update and then i'll certainly buy the game...

  • The Theory

    I'm not a TD connoisseur, so I can't judge whether this game is hard or not--it is plenty difficult for me! I am enjoying it, but there do seem to be a few bugs that hopefully get ironed out in an update. It is not uncommon for me to quit the game, then when I try to re-load my saved game the program completely freezes. A couple of times I've had to completely restart the game and start over from scratch. I think it might happen when I hit the Home button without officially quitting while I'm in the middle of a game. Equally frustrating was slaving through one of the levels--and finally finishing it--and completely losing the progress I gained on that level. I had reached the screen where it asked if I want to quit or continue to the next level. I simply put off my ipod Touch (the hold button) to walk to a different room. When I turned it back on the screen was a bit different (and when I hit "continue" it put me back at the beginning of that level, so I had to do it all over again. I was not amused.

    Still, at free it is most definitely worth a download and I'm getting all kinds of mileage out of the title so far. I'll probably get the dlc--though accompanied with a "fix these bugs, plz" nudge.

  • Eli Mcfly

    I had a blast playing, 99 cents I will pay! Longtail studios also made the TNA wrestling game and Football U, two great games!

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  • Pholly

    Boring but at least it was free.