MonTowers: iPhone Written App Review
Looking for a graphically titillating monster vs. monster game, where summoning beasts and a scantily clad side-kick are the main event? Look no further than MonTowers. This tactical battle app from Buff Stone combines several popular monster gaming types in its very own concoction of action and adventure, monster style.
Concept & Gameplay:
In MonTowers you play a monster master. Your job is to summon beasts with special stones and maintain a store of energy and elements as you battle onward and upward against the Monster Tower. Along the way, you’ll be aided by a mostly-naked female companion, who calls you Master and squees with unbridled delight at your success. Yeah, this app is a teenage boy’s dream, but it has an age requirement of 17 due to some adult themes. A single glance at this side kick figure will tell you why.
So, other than indulging every male (or female) fantasy of Anime-style female beauty, the game actually calls for some serious strategy, and a balance of energy and coins vs. the levels of this monster tower you wish to conquer. I do think the tutorial is a bit strict, but it’s a great way to learn about earning rare monster coins and mixing monsters with recipes to create the ultimate fighting force. While the game starts out simply enough, all it takes is a gander at the app’s Game Center integration to make it clear that there’s some serious strategy and gameplay here.
I do appreciate the app’s random factors, such as the rare and recipe monsters. It was also a lot of fun to watch my progress up the tower. While MonTowers is not the most interesting game I’ve ever seen for the iPhone, I think it has some staying potential and could be a great fit for the right kind of casual gamer.
Layout & Design:
In case all my anime references haven’t given you the heads up, this app is all about incorporating simple two-dimensional anime designs. Sure, some of them are pretty darn sexy, while others are gruesome and creepy, befitting monsters of wild power. The point is, this app does have some vivid visual appeal that keeps it from falling flat. Again, this is not mindblowing work, but it’s solid and interesting, especially for the horny teenage boy type demographic.
MonTowers is also relatively cost effective. Casual gamers can get away with letting the game progress slowly and just spending $.99 to download it. While, more demanding players will find themselves tempted to drop some dough on token packs to keep your upward progress in full swing. Packs start at $.99 for 10, and range upwards of $24.99 for 750. So I’d suggest deciding how serious you are about this title before you start to drop some green.
However, for $.99, I do think MonTowers is a good value and an interesting game built for an existing demographic, although I don’t happen to be part of it.
MonTowers iPhone app requires iOS 4.2 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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