If you haven't seen Evil Dead, Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness, that's a problem you really should think about fixing this weekend. Evil Dead is streamable on Netflix, and both Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness are able to be rented (or purchased) on iTunes. The series follows the battle between Ashley "Ash" J. Williams and his encounters with the deadites, the evil offspring risen by the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. If you like campy horror movies, there really is no finer trilogy.

Anyway, Army of Darkness: Defense takes the popular hero-based castle battle genre and applies a thick coating of Bruce Campbell to it... A combination that could make any genre amazing, but the setting of Army of Darkness lends itself particularly well to the genre. In the game, you play as Ash, and can dispatch all kinds of different forces in various battles with the deadites. The gameplay is fairly standard for a castle battler with a hero you control, with upgrades that you can purchase for Ash himself, the troops you dispatch, as well as your castle. Where Army of Darkness: Defense pulls ahead is in how incredibly well Backflip Studios has implemented all aspects of the movie into the game. I won't spoil too much, but this game basically redefines fan service.

Army of Darkness: Defense is launching on May 12th for 99¢ on the iPhone and iPod touch along with a HD version for the iPad which will be priced at $2.99. Additionally, each game will have entirely optional in-app purchase where you'll be able to buy packs of coins to spend on upgrades. Keep in mind, you earn these very same coins by actually playing the game, so unless you're the kind of person who wants to dump their money into the game to instantly upgrade everything and completely break the difficulty curve... There's not much reason to buy coins.

Stay tuned for next month, we'll have a full review to accompany the game's release.

  • Anonymous

    This looks great!

  • nizy

    That looks pretty cool. Will keep an eye out for it.

  • Robotron2084

    Yes, this looks very good.

    However, the IAP concerns me. What if they later update the game's difficulty curve in ways that make you NEED to buy "coins" to keep playing? There's no control over that.

    I'd rather they charge a flat fair price - maybe $2 or $3 - and skip the IAP scheming.

    • Thaurin

      No control, but unlikely to happen if you ask me.

  • Loveisintheair

    I remember the films... I forget the games...

  • zynaps

    Gimme some sugar baby !

  • Vimy

    for those who are not evil dead fans.

    You got bigger problems than I could possibly help you with.

    for those who have never seen Evil Dead

    You have a treat awaiting you.

    a) please wait 30 minutes after eating before viewing film.
    b) those with heart conditions or those with taste, 'sensibilities' very discretion is advised.
    c) those without a childish and tasteless sense of humour need not apply.

  • Anonymous

    I've gotta say... Evil Dead 2 is better than Army of Darkness, and in regards to the films I prefer the cabin setting as well so seeing these screenshots kinda make the game feel like less of a fan service than it could have been. The cabin just feels more classic, however I understand just how restricted it would make the game so I'm gonna let it slide. I've been a fan of the series for as long as I can remember so practically any reference to it is gonna make the game worthwhile. I even liked Fistful of Boomstick... to a small degree.

  • http://twitter.com/mikeyCAPS michael c.

    "This... is my BOOMSTICK!!"

  • Razor__jones

    Ioved the films, and all Evil Dead games have been crap, I don't like Defence games. So, apart from a few Ash soundclips, I think this is one to miss.