Boom Brigade is a shoot ‘em up that involves defending a bunker from an onslaught of marauding alien enemies. Developed by 10Tons, Boom Brigade is a challenging game that combines elements of classic tower defense with big guns and big explosions.
Played in a top-down style, Boom Brigade puts you in control of up to three troopers on the battlefield, with a choice of three different types of weapons – a minigun, bazooka, or shotgun. You get to choose one trooper straight away, and can choose another at different points later in the game.
Controlling your troopers is easy – you select your guy, and then draw a line or path on the screen with your finger to move the trooper to the desired location. The trooper will fire at the nearest enemies and reloads automatically. The firing range of each trooper is shown when selected and it is possible to select your enemy target when they’re within your firing range.
The gameplay in Boom Brigade revolves around fending off waves of aliens that assault the bunker, which becomes increasingly more difficult to achieve as the game progresses. Health and money icons become available on the map as you take down your alien foes. To attain the drops, one simply has to walk their trooper over to the icon. Money icons increase the amount of funds held, which can be used to either update the weaponry of chosen troopers or repair the bunker, whilst health icons replenish your trooper’s hitpoints.
A points tally is kept in the top corner of the screen, which shows the rank you’ve attained. This can get very difficult to improve, as the game is extremely easy to learn but very difficult to master as the game moves forward, and the number of troopers increase. A certain amount of dexterity and nimbleness of fingers is required to truly dominate in this game! It’s easy to find yourself quickly overcome by hordes of aliens.
The graphics in Boom Brigade are cartoon-like, but suit the style of play well. The music is well suited to the battlefield action and has the ring of a military band to it. It’s worth noting that the game currently lacks a save feature, but the developers have taken user feedback on board and may incorporate that into a future release.
However, a new update, which is just around the corner, also promises new aliens and troopers as well as a storyline to add to all the bloodbath and carnage. This should get rid of the only other issue there currently is with Boom Brigade – lack of variety. Regardless, I found it to be a highly enjoyable game.
Boom Brigade is compatible with the iPhone or iPod Touch and requires iPhone OS 2.0 or later.