A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The guidance on how to play the game is mostly visual -- players won't see a lot of written instructions -- but they should be able to figure out the basics.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent battles feature weapons but no blood. Players use a variety of weapons, including fire, swords, and arrows to defeat enemies.
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Products & Purchases
Ads appear at times for packages of in-app currency and other things players can purchase to upgrade items in the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Empire Defender TD: Tower Game is a strategy game for iOS and Android devices. It centers on battles where characters use a variety of weapons, including swords, fire, and arrows. The goal is to eradicate opponents, not just push them back.But no blood or gore is shown when characters are killed -- they're so small not much detail can be seen. There's a bit of a learning curve to figure the game out. The tutorial gives players a chance to try out some moves, but not a lot of direct instruction. There's no FAQ or other in-app informational resource to check if gamers have questions, but they should be able to understand how to play fairly quickly. They don't get a lot of backstory about why they're fighting other people, but that's not a huge issue -- the battle action is the main focus. Gamers don't technically have to buy anything to play. They'll see some ads pop up, though, and an in-app store sells hero characters and players kids can use to upgrade items within the app.
Is It Any Good?
While several elements play into a player's potential success, glitches really ruin the fun to be had with this tactical game. The types of towers players choose and locations they place them are a key aspect in Empire Defender TD: Tower Game because the actions they can take in battles are limited. Dragging a circle on the screen to another area will cause huntsmen to move there, but the available radius for each team isn't huge. Heroes can shoot and attack a certain location players choose, but there's a significant cooldown period afterward, so you can't do that too often. They also can't aim the arrows shot at opponents -- that's an automated motion warriors perform. Heroes can be upgraded with various abilities, and towers can be, too. Some strategy is involved in the game, because enemies have different skills, and players can ponder whether a new hero or increasing an archer's attack range by 10 percent would be a better investment. Gold coins rack up pretty quickly in levels as they play, so you can often earn enough to add another defense tower or two during games, which could potentially help turn things around if you're losing a fight. For now, your chance of making it to the end of a level really hinges on what items you choose before the round begins.
The game can be buggy, which is an issue -- the controls may not work at the start of a round, and the app can freeze and crash when you open it. Also a few of the game modes listed on the home screen are marked as coming soon. One may feature a more interactive option to give you more control over characters during a fight, but gameplay is limited now. When it's working, though, even though the battles may not be as dynamic as in some games, and you don't have control over everything, Empire Defender TD: Tower Game provides an entertaining enough experience for players to potentially enjoy checking it out.
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