Category Archives: Tower Defense

'Block Fortress' Review - An Awesome Melding of Genres

There's been a lot of talk lately about Block Fortress [$1.99] and for good reason. Rare have we  ever witnessed a game that manages to combine tower-defense, first-person shooters and creative sandboxing genres all in one game. Foursaken Media's Block Fortress not only successfully accomplishes such a feat, but manages to do it in such a way that truly makes its sum greater than its (individual genre) parts. There's a lot of love about Block Fortress, making it a game that really needs to be checked out...

Unsurprisingly, like anything with even a hint of Minecraft mixed in, Foursaken Media's Block Fortress [$1.99] is absolutely ripping up the iTunes charts. Brad and I bumbled around a bit in game for a TA Plays, there's a stupid-huge thread in our forums, and we've even had the developers share some tips. Well, TouchArcade reader and apparent Block Fortress pro-level player who goes by "Giggles Grimm" sent us some of his tips, and we figured we had to share them with the rest of our community. Keep in mind, these tips are a little more advanced with some assumed knowledge that you as a player have spent some time with the game. Trust me, it'll all make sense once you do...

There are a lot of themes that have been overdone in iOS -- zombies and retro-themed visuals, to name a few. However, one area that hasn't been fully explored is Greek mythology. Chillingo's Fury of the Gods [Free] looks to address that by combining well-known ancient mythology thematics with interactive tower-defense gameplay. While Fury's difficulty curve seems to lend itself a bit too much towards IAP, the core game is enjoyable and adds some nice touches to the traditional tower defense genre...

Foursaken Media's recently released Block Fortress [$1.99] has proven once again that the development studio comprised of four brothers are masterful at blending different genre elements into one cohesive package. Their previous releases like Bug Heroes [Free] and Heroes and Castles [$1.99] made a similar point, but Block Fortress takes it to another level...

Block Fortress [$1.99] is a blast. It's a sandbox tower defense game that plays like Minecraft, except with guns. Across the game's modes, you're tasked with plopping down a base and defending it against waves of armed and armored goblins. You can erect walls, dig moats, and build turrets in order to do this. You can also take the fight to the goblins with your own weapons, if you're feeling froggy. For the most part, a good chunk of the experience revolves around resource hoarding -- you need to gather the cash that goblins drop and use it to effectively to defend and fix your base as the horde morphs from sword-carrying idiots to aggressive gun or bomb-toting maniacs. The push and pull feels frantic, but fun and the action is surprisingly solid...

Five Alarm Freebie Alert: 'Plants vs. Zombies' on iPhone and iPad Go Free for the First Time

Here's a real treat. One of the most popular and beloved tower defense games, and really just one of the most popular games in general, Plants vs. Zombies [$0.99] and its iPad counterpart Plants vs. Zombies HD [$0.99 (HD)] are both currently free for the first time ever...

As you can imagine from its title, i-Free's I am Vegend: Zombiegeddon [$1.99 / Free] doesn't take itself seriously. Blatantly spoofing tons of references from popular mobile gaming titles, Vegend also employs this philosophy in its gameplay, combining action with tower defense elements from a multitude of sources. While this leads to a game that should be innately familiar to those that have played iOS tower defense titles, Vegend still manages to leave its own mark as an enjoyable and amusing game worth checking out...

'Anomaly Korea' Review - If It Ain't Broke...

When 11 Bit Studios released Anomaly Warzone Earth [$1.99 / $3.99] on iOS in 2011, we were blown away by its unique 'tower offense' take on a genre that had grown stagnant. Fast forward a year and a half later and the first sequel to the acclaimed game has finally arrived. While Anomaly Korea [$3.99] continues to impress with the same great gameplay and concepts as its predecessor, folks looking for more than cursory improvements may be a little disappointed...

The coolest thing about strategy games is that they can come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Some are contemplative, lean back style experiences. Others are fast and reflex-y. Some strategy games do a little bit of everything as far as pacing goes. We see a nice mix across the board on the App Store...

It seems like Subatomic and Halfbrick are on the same page lately, as both companies released an update last week for the iPad versions of their game which have finally come to the iPhone versions this week. One week ago today, Fieldrunners 2 HD [$4.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] was updated with a couple of new towers as well as two new Christmas-themed power-ups. Today those items have come to Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99 / Free] on the iPhone, along with widescreen support for the iPhone 5...

Back in late October, the excellent Fieldrunners 2 HD [$4.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] for the iPad received an update which added a new Halloween-themed tower into the mix, as well as some technical improvements. On the iPhone that same update came to the regular Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99] shortly after, and notably it also added a fairly controversial IAP Coin Store where you could trade in your real money for the virtual kind...

Halloween, of all things, has come to Fieldrunners 2 HD [$4.99 (HD)]. In the tower defense title's latest update, creator Subatomic Studios has added the BOOM-kin Tower. Basically, it's a pumpkin equipped with two cannons. Alec Shobin, Subatomic PR dude and TouchArcade forums public enemy number one, tells us that it's a "super cool" addition to the game. He would...

Earlier this morning, Eli and I checked out Blade Guardian [$0.99]. It's a Mistwalker-designed tower defense game with what theoretically should be a hot hook: a randomly spawning roving tower that can morph into a ball and roll through creeps. In practice, it's not so cool. In addition to wrecking enemies, these balls also demolish your towers, setting you up to get rocked by anything that spawns after the initial destruction. ..

For better or worse, it's not uncommon to see at least one zombie themed game on our radar during the weekly release cycle. This week sees the launch of Dead Stop [$0.99], the latest from Chillingo and Techland (maker of Dead Island) and the most recent entry into the tower defense genre. While Dead Stop does a great job with its overall presentation and gameplay, an uneven difficulty curve along with a subsequent reliance on premium/IAP currency make the game more frustrating than it needs to be...

Blue Dragon and Party Wave creator Mistwalker is finishing up another iPhone and iPad title, the studio announced this morning. The game? It's a tower defense title dubbed Blade Guardian...

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