Elf Defense: A Fresh Take on Tower Defense

Price: $2.99
Elf Defense: Written iPhone App Review


Reviewed by Philip Chan

Picture this: Waves upon waves of enemies, advancing steadily towards your hastily prepared defenses. Can you survice the onslaught? If these are the kinds of apps you simply love, then you must be a true tower defense gameplay fan. Let me introduce you to a newcomer for the iOS in this popular genre: Elf Defense! Elf Defense is from developer JellyOasis, a South Korean developer, also know for their iPhone game app Ninja Bounce. It’s worth noting that the tower defense game genre is heavily saturated on the iPhone. However, every once in a great while, a defense game will come along that truly stands out. Is Elf Defense one such app? Find out below!

Game Play:

In Elf Defense, you will take control of the Elves as they fight to protect their natural homelands from the rampaging humans. You’ll defend your territory across a myriad of maps, ranging from Fairy Forest to the Wasteland and more. Along the way, you’ll have to use all your best tower defense tactics to defeat over 100 enemy types, constantly shifting your strategies to best address changing human armies. Afraid you’ll run out of units to deploy? Have no fear, as you can hire mercenary units along the way and through the game app store. You’ll be able to select between Easy and Normal when starting maps. For those not used to tower defense games, Elf Defense offers a quick and simple walkthrough on the first levels. Elf Defense is a pretty solid example of a well-designed, entertaining tower defense game. Waves of enemies are optimized for each level, weapon (tower) choices of units are impressive and creative, and the unit shops offers loads of items for upgrades to further defeat the encroaching humans. I really can’t find anything to complain about it in Elf Defense; it’s the epitome of a solid tower defense game for the iOS.

Elf Defense App rEview

Graphical Layout:

With retina display optimization, the HD graphics is Elf Defense are truly impressive. At the iPhone App Review, we see a lot of apps with mediocre or subpar graphics. Elf Defense is certainly NOT one of these! Instead, the HD graphics are sharp and truly appealing to the gamer eye. The character style that is utilized in Elf Defense is faintly reminiscent of the popular block game, Minecraft (in a good way). While play Elf Defense, I was constantly wondering, “Why don’t other iOS developers strive for the quality and unique imagery as seen in Elf Defense?” This may sound a little silly, but it’s true! Check out the in-game trailer for a closer look at the graphics, animations and overall theme that really blew me away. If you still are not convinced, take a look at this excellent full-page banner for Elf Defense, loaded with in-game screenshots. The layout in Elf Defense is excellent as well, allowing for quick and easy browsing to the game level you are interested in (provided you’ve beaten the prior levels). There’s several small icons at the main intro screen that allow the user to adjust the settings, connect online, go through Game Center or view their collected Towers. The design for these little icons is swell and looks much better than a boring “Game Center” or “Settings” button.


Elf Defense is integrated with the Game Center platform, allowing you to take your tower defense scores online. Furthermore, with over 100 enemy types, the replay value of Elf Defense is superub. Finally, the outstanding HD graphics of Elf Defense bear special mention-playing this iOS tower defense game is a treat for the eyes! In summary, Elf Defense is a must-consider if you are looking for a killer, newly-released iOS tower defense game with great graphics and gameplay.

Elf Defense iPhone app requires iOS 3.1 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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