Category Archives: Tower Defense

Fans of PC Tower Defense titles may have heard of Prime World: Defenders [$4.99]. Originally released back in mid-2013, this 3D TD title made a splash offering a complete TD experience supplemented with aspects from a few other genres. Nearly a year later, Defenders finally makes its debut on iOS, a platform that should (in theory) fit it perfectly. While iOS TD aficionados will easily see that Defenders was obviously designed for the PC, it’s still a great title for fans of the genre...

Foursaken Media's ambitious, genre-blending opus Bug Heroes 2 [$1.99] has just received its latest update, and chief among the new features is an awesome tower defense-style mode that practically feels like an entirely new game in and of itself. To back up a bit, Bug Heroes 2 originally launched back in February and, to its detriment, was a free to play title. What I mean by that is that it was a little too generous to players, and showed early signs of being a financial failure despite being an incredible game. Foursaken quickly bumped the price up to a dollar, still an incredible deal for a game of this caliber, and ever since have been diligently updating the game to address some of its other early issues. These mostly consisted of tweaking the difficulty and character unlocking system so they were more fair...

The original Block Fortress [$1.99], from the good folks at Foursaken Media, was one of the roughly 86 million Minecraft [$6.99]-inspired games that came in the wake of its success. More importantly, it was one of the roughly five Minecraft-inspired games that weren't awful. It was a really cool fusion of FPS, construction, and base defense, with each element working almost perfectly in combination with one another to create a compelling new take. Block Fortress: War [$1.99], the new spin-off, also attempts to fuse genres. This time, it's a bit of RTS, a bit of tower defense, a bit of MOBA, and, of course, a hearty helping of the construction genre. That's a lot of plates to keep spinning at one time, so perhaps it's no surprise that things don't work quite as well as you might hope...

In a crowded games market where it may be tough to stand out, games that try to meld genres tend to have the greatest chance of getting attention. Of course, the problem with that technique is the simple fact that it can be hard to make an engaging game takes the right elements from their respective genres. As a reverse TD Action/Strategy hybrid Demonrock: War of Ages [$0.99] actually does a decent job from a technical standpoint in melding gameplay. However, it’s missing a lot of the refinement from each of those respected genres that make them popular...

We’ve seen somewhat of a resurgence in decent tower defense titles lately. But as Eli recently mentioned in our podcast, it can be tough to stand out in the crowded genre. Man at Arms TD [$1.99 / $4.99 (HD)] by Inert Soap does a great job of making not by dramatically changing tower defense, but by incorporating an incredibly deep card system that works behind the scenes. Combine that with an impressive suite of multiplayer options and Man at Arms offerings easily outweigh some of its superficial flaws...

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly five years since Limbic first launched TowerMadness [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] on the App Store. As a 3D open ended tower defense title, it was also one of the first big hits in a TD genre that is now completely saturated. In this day and age, there’s little to be said about TowerMadness 2 [$0.99] that hasn’t already been said through countless other TD titles. True, it’s still an excellent tower defense game and expands upon the original in every fact, however, it doesn’t do much that hasn’t been seen before...

'Castle Doombad' Review - Taking Tower Defense to New Heights

Like many other gamers, I'm a pretty big fan of Adult Swim's iOS offerings. With every new genre the developer takes on, we get another great game that either offers innovative elements or a traditional experience so refined that it simply raises the bar against the competition. Castle Doombad squarely falls in the latter category. One of the first non-F2P Adult Swim games in awhile, Castle Doombad [$2.99] nails everything I could want in a 'defense' title and should be played...

I was pretty excited to hear about a new game coming from Eccentricity, the developers of Dive For Treasures [$1.99]. In spite of a pretty plain name, the game itself was a unique, relaxing experience. Well, there's not a lot unique about their new title, Tower Dwellers [$3.99], and I can't say it's all that relaxing, but depending on how well you liked Kingdom Rush [$0.99] and your personal definition of how close is too close, you should have a good time with this one while it lasts...

'Anomaly 2' Review - An Amazing Evolutionary Sequel

When Anomaly Warzone Earth [$3.99] hit back in 2011, its ‘tower offense’ gameplay was pretty novel and made for a highly enjoyable experience. Fast forward to today, and games still haven’t quite  hit on what made Warzone (and it’s half sequel, Anomaly Korea [$3.99]) such a success. With Anomaly 2 [$4.99], 11 Bit Studios have raised the bar, with an impressive array of improvements and a new multiplayer mode I love...

We loved Anomaly Warzone Earth [$3.99] when it was released, and the pseudo-sequel-y expansion Anomaly Korea [$3.99] kept that gravy train rolling with even more fantastic tower offense gameplay. Anomaly 2 gives fans of the Anomaly series even more awesome aliens to blow up, and the game is only getting more and more cinematic as it goes on. We did see some odd framerate drops on my iPad 4, but who knows if that's iOS 7 related or the result of some other weird issue that we're betting gets fixed before long...

Nowadays, I feel like Tower Defense is becoming an incredibly difficult genre for new titles. On one hand, you have the nagging desire to innovate and provide a new experience for fans. On the other hand, Tower Defense as a genre can be pretty rigid, with each modification to traditional gameplay concepts creating the possibility of backlash. DreamGate Studios and Chillingo's Steampunk Tower [$0.99] does a decent job toeing that line, offering a twist on tower defense in terms of thematics and gameplay while keeping the game rather familiar (for better or worse). It all leads to a highly enjoyable experience worth checking out...

While most people felt that EA and PopCap found a good balance with the free-to-play system in Plants vs. Zombies 2, some people still didn't jive with it or otherwise just didn't dig the sequel as much as they'd hoped. I've heard several people say that despite any sort of pay model shenanigans, they still preferred the original Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99]. I totally get that, but at the same time it kind of sucked that the original version had fallen so far behind in terms of features that took advantage of newer devices...

Gods vs. Humans [$0.99] from developer Microids is confusing. As a mythological and -- let's face it -- complacent god, you watch over the humans laboring on the earth below. The happier they are, the more power you receive. But you get your kicks from destroying the magnificent towers they build toward the heavens, which makes them angry and less devout...

Tower defense games be one o’ t’ most popular genres on iOS. They’re also a dime a dozen on t’ AppStore, and it’s time consuming t’ filter through all the choices, especially when thar’s a cost for some o’ them. Developers can no longer copy another app, slap on some graphics, and pass it off to ye as a totally new experience...

It seems like only a couple of weeks ago that we were telling you how Plants vs. Zombies 2 [Free] had been downloaded more than 16 million times… and it was! It didn't take long but PopCap has announced that their latest title is approaching yet another milestone as it closes in on the 25 million download mark...

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