Category Archives: Tower Defense

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 [$1.99 / $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 [Free] 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 [$4.99], 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 [Free] 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 [$2.99] 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...

In case you were worried: yes, more content is coming to PopCap Games's Plants vs. Zombies 2 [Free]...

'Plants vs. Zombies 2' Guide: How To Spend as Little Real Money as Possible

Last week, we went pretty hard with the release of Plants vs. Zombies 2 [Free]. I mean, it's easily one of the biggest games of the year, so why the heck not? Going back a bit further, we played through a demo of the game at E3 back in June, and TA Play'd the soft-launch version of the game the following month. With the full release version seemingly not very different from the soft-launch version, we put out our full 5 star review as well as what our forum members thought about the game. Finally, we chose it as our Game of the Week last week, which isn't surprising...

You Need To See Tonight's Release 'Pirate Legends TD'

The App Store is clotted with tower defense games, but you owe it to yourself as a fan of the genre to check this one out when it hits later tonight at 11PM EST. Super Hippo absolutely nails everything you could want out of a solid TD game. It's got an awesome art style, for one, and more importantly, it mechanically holds up...

Check Out the 'Anomaly 2' Trailer, Coming This Fall

The Anomaly series of games are really awesome. We loved the original so much that it was our 2011 Game of the Year Runner Up. The pseudo-sequel was great too, and really the only "complaint" we had, which is really only a negative if you didn't also love the first game was that it was just more of the same great gameplay. Anomaly 2 launched on Steam in mid-May, leaving iOS gamers wondering if and when we'd see the game on touch devices...

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