Tower Defense: Lost Earth

Common Sense Media says

Well-done strategy game about defending your base.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game eases players into the tower defense style of play - introducing new weapons at a slow pace and adequately explaining their strengths and weaknesses. 

Violence

Like most tower defense games, this app features a constant stream of enemies, who players mow down with guns, bombers, lasers, nuclear weapons, and other weapons. Enemy troops grunt when they die, but there's no blood. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A small (easily missed) link in the upper right hand corner of the main menu lists other games by the developer. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Tower Defense: Lost Earth is a "defend your base" game that is filled with nonstop cartoony violence, but no blood. Players defend a winding road by strategically placing turrets and taking out marching enemy troops. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. This is a review of the $.99 version for the iPhone/iPod Touch (which will play on the iPad too), but the Universal app version called "Tower Defense: Lost Earth HD" costs $4.00 more.

 

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QUALITY
 

The fact that the name of Tower Defense: Lost Earth has people talking more than the game is a worrisome sign, but it's one the developer brought on itself by trademarking the genre. That mini-controversy aside, this is actually a very solid addition to the category. The game is welcoming to newcomers and has a wide variety of weapons to choose from. And it offers enough modes that even genre veterans will be sufficiently challenged that they'll have fun.

The resource management portion of the game is well done and the challenge mode is particularly fun. The story in the campaign mode is disposable, though. And despite it all, there's a feeling of having been here before. Also, the fact that the developer charges $4 more for the universal app ($4.99 for the version that works on iPad and iPhone vs. 99 cents for this iPhone/iPod Touch only version) seems excessively greedy. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:June 14, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:19.50 MB
Publisher:Com2uS Inc.
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:3.1

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