Naked King, Excellent Tower Defense

Naked King for iPhone

Reviewed by Luke Patrick

Price: Free

If you’re looking for a new tower defense iPhone app, one that will easily soak up a few hours during the morning commute or a few minutes in the queue, then Naked King, by developer ActOn, is your new best mate. My iPhone app review found that the killer (and cartoony graphics) are a perfect compliment to the title’s deep gameplay, and with a wealth of levels and one low price, the Naked King iPhone app is an ideal replacement for whatever tower defense game you’re playing now.

Concept and Gameplay

Naked King doesn’t fall far from the traditional tower defense tree, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing: Players have their base along the left side of the field, while the enemy’s sits along the opposite end. Worker units collect various important resources, which in turn can be used to create both new peons and soldiers. Speaking of which, there are quite a few of the latter, each with a unique power, and all of whom can be upgraded to improve their prestige.

Though the concept hasn’t been altered much, the app certainly gets everything right. For example, units in Naked King must be played on the field to earn experience, which leads to new levels. When enough levels have been accomplished, the unit evolves into a super form that’s extremely powerful. This puts the emphasis on playing the game, as it should be, and really opens up doors as far as gameplay goes.

There’s a lot of content to be had here, as well, which is a tremendous boon for Naked King. With something like 300 distinct levels to defeat, not to mention three different difficulty modes, and 20 individual worker and combat units, there’s simply a lot to be had on the app’s plate. It’s a deep experience, and though it will feel very familiar, it’s easily worth looking into—and looking for one long, enriching time, at that.


Graphics and Controls

Naked King for iPhone

Naked King for iPhone

In a sense, Naked King most looks like the old Warhammer games, but the 3D art style of those games has been greatly simplified and reduced to a 2D side scrolling experience made specifically for the iPhone’s Retina display. Either way, the graphics are superb, sporting a cartoony feel doesn’t betray the deep complexity and strategy necessary to complete the app’s various levels.

We especially appreciated the differences between combat units, as each brings something new to both the user’s strategy, and to the game itself.

Overall Value

Best of all, Naked King is completely free in the App Store. Users can pay to purchase coins to quickly upgrade and unlock game aspects, but this is far from necessary. Overall, if you’re a fan of the genre, this is an entry that’s not to be missed. It’s deep, looks gorgeous, and with no charge up front, a test drive is all but recommended.

Naked King for iPhoneNaked King requires iOS 3.1.3 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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