Tower Raiders 2 GOLD: iPhone Written App Review
Fair warning, iPhone app review readers: I really like tower defense games. So any time a new one comes around, I love to give it a thorough comb for pros and cons. This week I had a chance to review Tower Raiders 2 GOLD, a long-form, tower defense app from Gianormous Games. Let’s see how this title held up under a little bit of app review scrutiny.
In Tower Raiders 2 GOLD, your goal is to defend a set of crystals, while battling wave after wave of enemies in a wide variety of campaign missions. First, I really like the campaign style of this tower defense game. It means the app packs plenty of action. I’m also a big fan of the game’s variety. As you progress through the game, you unlock new defense types and features that make your strategy an evolving game, instead of just the same every time. Also, you can use the game’s upgrade system to improve your stock defenders.
Even the levels themselves are all a bit different. Some have set paths, while others are up to your own interpretation.
While the variety and abundance of gameplay are pleasing, I was pretty surprised by the game’s difficulty level and longwinded-ness. Let me explain. After the tutorial, the very first mission is pretty tough. It also lasts for what seems like forever. Thankfully, there’s a fast forward button in the app. I wore that thing out, and still seemed to take forever to make it through a single level. I’d suggest making more, shorter levels for improved player engagement.
Layout & Design:
Needless to say, I’m a fan of Tower Raiders 2 GOLD’s gameplay. The graphics are pretty straightforward and simple, two-dimensional, battle field inspired images. They didn’t blow me away. However, I was extremely impressed with the game’s zoom feature, which made it much easier to target single towers for upgrades or recycling and let you get a close-up view of all the action.
Tower Raiders 2 GOLD costs $4.99. That’s a bit more than I like to spend on a casual game title. Granted, there are 24 long levels for you to conquer, which is going to take some serious time. And, the game is sufficiently complex and interesting. It even has a series of unlockable achievements, thanks to Game Center integration. I just wish that price tag was a little bit lower. Even if it was $2.99, I’d feel better about it. I hope the tag doesn’t marginalize this game, which is serious fun. For its solid game quality and expansive upgrade and customization options, I think Tower Raiders 2 GOLD earns a solid score.
Tower Raiders 2 GOLD iPhone app requires iOS 4.3 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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