War Grimoire HD

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Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Challenging tower defense game best for older kids.

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This is a particularly challenging tower defense game that will force even veterans of the genre to try and try again to earn a perfect three-star rating on its later levels. The play mechanics used to place and level up units are simple enough, but the menu system for tower upgrades can be difficult to understand and navigate. 


Players set characters and units on the battlefield to strike enemies with swords, arrows, fire, and magic. Defeated enemies fall over and disappear in a flash of light. There is no blood.     


One of the female characters is briefly seen wearing a skimpy top revealing deep cleavage.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that War Grimoire HD is a traditional tower defense game with violence that’s about on par for the genre. Players place units and towers that strike down any fantasy creatures that happen to pass by with swords and magic. There is no blood; defeated foes simply fall and flash out of existence. Parents should be aware that this is an especially challenging game within the category, making it suitable for older, more patient kids. A version called War Grimoire is also available for the iPhone/iPod touch.

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Is it any good?

WAR GRIMOIRE HD is an interesting specimen in the popular tower defense genre. It suffers from sloppy menu design, occasional bugs that affect performance, and terrible English translation. However, overlook these problems and you’ll find lots of room to experiment with weapon and tower upgrades and a terrific variety of environments that switch between pre-defined routes and open fields that allow players to sculpt their own tower paths. And thanks to a nice little collection of bonus mini-games and a high degree of challenge, it offers exceptional longevity. It needs work, bit with a few tweaks and updates it could become one of the better tower defense games available for iOS devices.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: July 27, 2011
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 197.00 MB
  • Publisher: imohoo
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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