What parents need to know
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.
Is it any good?
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.