Concept and Gameplay:
Not all tower defense games are created equal, which is why TIOL is such a refreshingly fun game to play. Your duty is simple; protect your land from invading monsters.
Luckily you have a huge variety of weapons at your disposal, but in the end it’s ultimately your skill and quick reactions which will determine whether or not you can successfully complete your mission.
To start, you can either press play or view the level map. An informative screen will tell you which of the three main TIOL characters you will be playing for that level, along with a brief overview of what you need to do in order to complete it. This is also where you can select which difficulty mode you’d like to play.
When the level has started, monsters will begin appearing on the screen and you will need to attack them. How that happens completely depends on which weapons are available to your character for that level.
Monsters come in waves and the level is complete when you’ve either successfully fended off all of the waves or failed the mission. You’ll earn coins both during and after you completed the level, which can be used to purchase weapon upgrades.
This might seem like quite a bit to digest, but TIOL isn’t meant to be a game that you can blast through in a matter of hours. It’s complex, which is what I love about it.
There’s a very rich storyline within the game, and that’s something I wish more mobile games featured. Each level even features an animated comic like introduction. I will admit that gameplay gets very hectic very quickly, but it’s nothing that isn’t manageable with a bit of practice.
When it comes down to numbers, TIOL features 11 different scene locations, 23 levels, and 20 different monsters to fend off. Each monster has different characteristics, which means that players need to be mindful of how to quickly and efficiently destroy them before the level becomes overwhelming.
Players must also remember how to use each of their available weapons when switching between the three main characters.
Lastly, TIOL allows the creation of up to five different player profiles, which is a blessing for anyone who has to share their iPad with others. This is a feature that’s not often found in iPad games, but I’m very happy that TIOL included it.
TIOL is available to download from the App Store for $4.99 and is designed for iPad. There’s also a lite (free) version available to download if you’d like to take the game for a trial run.
Overall, TIOL is a fantastically fun and addicting iPad game that will challenge you and keep you coming back for more.
TIOL (This is Our Land) requires iOS 6.1 or later and is compatible with iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
Find your next app at TheiPhoneAppReview.com
What do YOU think? We’d love to hear your comments, try it and let us know!