Defense Zone: iPhone App Video Review
Ever since that very first Fieldrunners review, we’ve been overrun with tower defense games, and their other assorted ilk. Very few genres have been more overplayed on the iPhone, and sadly, most of them just don’t stand up to par. Thankfully, though there are still the occasional gems to be found, including one of our more recent finds, Defense Zone, by developer Artem Kotov. The app brings a wealth of quality strategy and gameplay to the table, creating an atmosphere and title that we appreciated immensely, though Defense Zone may not be the most original app you play all year. For our full thoughts on this brand-new strategy game for the iPhone, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Gameplay
As stated, Defense Zone fits more or less directly into the much run category of tower defense. We suppose one could call the genre simply “Defense” at this point, but either way, its the same basic concept we’ve seen elsewhere before: Enemies appear in waves, and follow a set course towards your home turf. If they arrive there, the do irreparable harm to your well-being. To prevent this, players must put turrets of various flavors alongside the specified path. These weapons churn out bullets (or lightning bolts, flames, etc.) and either harm the baddies to the point of immobility, or fail to kill them off in time. All in all, it’s a fun concept, though one we’ve easily seen done about a hundred times elsewhere in the App Store.
What Defense Zone brings to the table that’s quite refreshing is a true balance in units and enemies. The turrets—of which there are many—do a lot to keep the gameplay balanced, as do the various difficulty settings. We had a lot of fun strategizing our turret placements, and found this level of cognition an absolute necessity: If you don’t think about your next move, you’re likely to be wiped out in an oncoming wave.
Design and Graphics
Overall, we were quite impressed by Defense Zone’s graphics. The app draws a lot of inspiration from other, gritty and war-time style applications, coming loaded to the gills with burnt-out levels and hard-edge sprites. We also appreciated the richness of the gameplay itself: Each unit offers three levels of upgrades, as well as three unique attack styles. That being said, we did find the action itself somewhat tedious. More often than not we used the fast-forward button to alleviate stress, but Defense Zone is still a slow-going affair no matter how you slice it.
At the end of the day, Defense Zone offers a lot of levels, an immense richness, and a solid if overplayed style of iPhone gaming. The price is a dollar too high, but if you’re a fan of the genre, you have hardly anything to lose by giving it a test-drive, save a solid afternoon playing it by the fire.
Defense Zone requires iOS 3.2 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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