Price: $ .99
Swamp Defense, by developer Entwickler-X, offers a rock-solid tower defense experience on the iPhone and iPad. The game’s country theme and unique units keep the action engaging, and though the title isn’t the most innovative entry into the genre we’ve ever seen, it offers enough fresh content to keep the ball rolling. For our full thoughts on this universal defense app, check out our iPhone app review of Swamp Defense.
Concept and Gameplay
Swamp Defense offers a gameplay experience most similar to titles like Field Runner, or the iOS classic’s myriad of clones. Users must protect an off-screen object of value from the oncoming waves of enemy monsters. To do so, they’ll need to construct and upgrade various friendly units. In Swamp Defense’s case, these units are down-home folk with a penchant for swampy vengeance, the Towers.
Each member of the family comes with a unique power that either inhibits or harms the oncoming waves. Likewise, each unit can be upgraded to improve their impact. All of this, as well as construction of new soldiers, is achieved using the in-app monetary system. Users are rewarded for blasting baddies, and in return, they’re free to purchase upgrades and extras.
Overall, it’s a rock-solid concept, if not the most innovative tower defense title we’ve ever seen. I particularly enjoyed the wide variety of friendly and non-friendly units, however, I would have liked to see a bit more variation in level design. Each course uses the same elements as the previous, only rearranged slightly. It would have been neat to see level-specific roadblocks, or perhaps a few special challenges for each offering.
Design and Graphics
Thankfully, Swamp Defense looks fantastic on the iPhone and even better on the iPad. The graphics were pleasantly country while the levels felt vibrant. The game also comes stock with Open Feint integration, adding leader boards and achievements to the mix: I particularly appreciated this aspect of Swamp Defense, as I’m a huge fan of online competition.
As stated, though, more variation in level design would help to liven up the premise, and prevent some of the more basic game elements from feeling so repetitive. Likewise, simply adding more levels would be a tremendous boon for the app. The 15 included levels are great, but the game is still a bit brief, especially for a tower defense title.
Clocking in at a dollar in the App Store, Swamp Defense is a solid entry into the tower defense genre. The gameplay is classic and fun, if sometimes repetitive. We would have liked to see a bit more innovation in level design and gameplay mechanic, but at the end of the day, Swamp Defense is still just as fun as a hoe-down, and will certainly smooth over a long commute.
Swamp Defense requires iOS 4.0 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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