TowerMadness HD

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Fun tower defense game with HD graphics and multiplayer.

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Ease of play

The controls -- including the ability to zoom in and out of the playfield -- are easy to master. Each level comes with a difficulty rating so novices can start with the easiest ones and work their way up.

Violence

Players use various turret guns, cannons, nukes, and mines to defeat waves of aliens. Damage is shown by a health meter turning from green to red. Defeated aliens simply disappear. If an alien reaches the player's sheep pen, one of the sheep will be "abducted" and disappear.

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Consumerism

The main menu contains a link to browse more games from the developer. Additional map packs and special weapons can be purchased for $0.99 each from the app store, but they aren't necessary for enjoying the game. It doesn't feel incomplete without them.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to Game Center, an interactive network that allows users to share game stats through Facebook, Twitter, or email.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that TowerMadness HD is a tower defense game where players strategically place various gun turrets to stop waves of invading aliens from reaching their herd of sheep. While warfare is a central theme, there's no graphic violence depicted. Defeated aliens simply disappear, and if an alien reaches a sheep, the sheep simply gets "abducted" by disappearing in a beam of light. A version is available for iPhone for $2.99 without HD graphics or the multiplayer mode.

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TOWERMADNESS HD is a tower defense game with a few welcome twists. Tower defense games are all about stopping waves of incoming enemies by strategically placing weapons to disrupt the flow. In this app, the high-definition graphics let you zoom in to see an impressive amount of detail, and a fun multiplayer mode enables two people to play in split screen using the same iPad. Difficulty is challenging but manageable, and there are an impressive variety of maps and weapons. The only complaint is that the number of alien waves per level -- frequently well over 100 -- can start to feel tedious. However, the good qualities of TowerMadness HD far outweigh the bad.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$7.99
Release date:November 29, 2010
Category:Strategy Games
Publisher:Limbic Software
Version:1.10.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written byKinbJune March 29, 2011
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Tower Happiness

I absolutely loved this game! It's so educational in the sense that you must strategize in order to keep the aliens away from your sheep. It's also very addictive! I find myself playing for quite awhile, trying to beat the challenging maps! I seriously suggest that you try this game because I primes you, you won't regret it!
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