Varshia has just released Revenge of the Summon Monsters (R.O.S.M.) [App Store], a title that they call "a totally new style of action defense game." I call it a fresh, new take on tower defense.

Like path-based tower defense titles, you're placed in a setting with enemies approaching from various set routes. The goal is to keep the enemies from reaching your castle, upon which you, a magician, are perched. But rather than festooning the battlefield with various machines of war, your task is to destroy the enemies with your magical abilities, casting spells from on high, and building up those abilities by purchasing power-ups with the Honor Points gained by killing the baddies. It's basically a situation where you are standing on "the tower," and you are the one and only machine of war. It's definitely a nice twist on the formula.

Your attacks are waged by swiping towards the desired enemy target. A quick swipe sends a quick volley, a slow swipe delivers an attack that travels slowly. Every blast of magical ferocity you issue saps your Mana to some degree, and you have but a set amount of it and a certain rate of replenishment. Higher Mana capacity and quicker Mana regeneration are upgrades that can be purchased with Honor Points. Other upgrades include levelling weapons based on fire, ice, or electricity, and the summoning of magical beasts to do your battlefield bidding. At the highest levels, the magical weapons get rather interesting.

I have enjoyed the time I've spent with the title, but would advise all but the most dainty gamer to start out on the middle difficulty level (Expert), as I found the Apprentice level to take a bit too long to get into any real action. But, when the action heats up, this is a really enjoyable twist on one of my favorite formulas. Our forum readers are liking it, as well. Anyone who enjoys a solid tower defense game should take a close look at Revenge of the Summon Monsters.

App Store Link: Revenge of the Summon Monsters (R.O.S.M.), $1.99

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  • MisterDrgn

    It looks more like castle defense than tower defense...

    • Howard

      My first thought as well...

  • MisterDrgn

    It looks more like castle defense than tower defense...

    • Howard

      My first thought as well...

  • zztfox

    Forgot to mention it requires 3.1.3....

    • Ariel

      really too bad it requires 3.1.3….

      • dowzer

        :(

  • zztfox

    Forgot to mention it requires 3.1.3....

    • Ariel

      really too bad it requires 3.1.3….

      • dowzer

        :(

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    Looks great, sounds horrendous. Is that incredibly annoying stuff the actual game music?

  • http://www.kotodama.net/blog Zak

    Looks great, sounds horrendous. Is that incredibly annoying stuff the actual game music?

  • Reaganomics

    Keeps crashing. Needs refund.

  • Reaganomics

    Keeps crashing. Needs refund.

  • araczynski

    i like the concept, but the art direction is a big turn off, too comic for my tastes.

  • araczynski

    i like the concept, but the art direction is a big turn off, too comic for my tastes.

  • thebleeptruth

    During the first half of the video, I was thinking that this could have been an exciting game had there been better spells and more explosions and effects. And then I saw these summons that you could unleash, which were pretty cool. I'd definitely consider this. This is one of those games that I bet my girlfriend would also enjoy. I'm hoping there are even more kickass spells in the game.

  • thebleeptruth

    During the first half of the video, I was thinking that this could have been an exciting game had there been better spells and more explosions and effects. And then I saw these summons that you could unleash, which were pretty cool. I'd definitely consider this. This is one of those games that I bet my girlfriend would also enjoy. I'm hoping there are even more kickass spells in the game.

  • Co2Lninja

    This looks cool I think I might get this @(^_^)@

  • Co2Lninja

    This looks cool I think I might get this @(^_^)@

  • Scotty2hotty654

    It is crashing on everyone after the load screen...even deleted and reinstalled it and restarted the phone. Do not buy!

    • LeneeLene

      I've been having same problem, too.
      Thinking this ROSM uses a lot of RAM, I guess... cause my Ipod isn't the latest model.

      But I don't delete and reinstall it everytime. When the game is suddenly stoped or something happened, I just reset my Ipod and it's fine.
      Kinda annoying but some 3D games're having simmilar problems, though.

      Anyway, just reset your phone then Launch the game again. Have fun!

  • Scotty2hotty654

    It is crashing on everyone after the load screen...even deleted and reinstalled it and restarted the phone. Do not buy!

    • LeneeLene

      I've been having same problem, too.
      Thinking this ROSM uses a lot of RAM, I guess... cause my Ipod isn't the latest model.

      But I don't delete and reinstall it everytime. When the game is suddenly stoped or something happened, I just reset my Ipod and it's fine.
      Kinda annoying but some 3D games're having simmilar problems, though.

      Anyway, just reset your phone then Launch the game again. Have fun!

  • Adrian

    Crashes for me after the Tips screen. It is the only game (other than We Rule) that has ever crashed on my iPhone (3G).

  • Adrian

    Crashes for me after the Tips screen. It is the only game (other than We Rule) that has ever crashed on my iPhone (3G).

  • http://www.varshia.com varshia

    Hello, this is Doug Jung from Varshia.

    I am sorry about the crashing problems.

    During our tests with 1st gen Ipod touch and 3G iphone, the game worked fine.

    Ipod and Iphone prior to 3GS have only 128 MB of RAM, and 3D games like ours usually require significant resources, especially since our game has a lot of graphic resources.

    Restarting your Iphone(Touch) should solve the problem.

    thanks.

  • http://www.varshia.com varshia

    Hello, this is Doug Jung from Varshia.

    I am sorry about the crashing problems.

    During our tests with 1st gen Ipod touch and 3G iphone, the game worked fine.

    Ipod and Iphone prior to 3GS have only 128 MB of RAM, and 3D games like ours usually require significant resources, especially since our game has a lot of graphic resources.

    Restarting your Iphone(Touch) should solve the problem.

    thanks.

  • lordofpi13

    Pathetic, if you want a real MMORPG check out GraalOnline Classic

    • thebleeptruth

      LOL! Wrong article.

  • lordofpi13

    Pathetic, if you want a real MMORPG check out GraalOnline Classic

    • thebleeptruth

      LOL! Wrong article.

  • Mezreal

    Crashed a few times for me to, then I turned the device completely off and on again... It's worked so far since. Though I haven't made it too far into the game yet, so we'll see.

    Seems like a great game, hope they fix the stability with an update

  • Mezreal

    Crashed a few times for me to, then I turned the device completely off and on again... It's worked so far since. Though I haven't made it too far into the game yet, so we'll see.

    Seems like a great game, hope they fix the stability with an update

  • Zas

    Looks cool!

  • Zas

    Looks cool!