Star Defense is an appropriately titled tower defense game for the iPhone and iPod Touch. In the game -- and I hope you can read my boredom -- you build towers in order to protect a mining colony's thick steel doors.
Star Defense (iPhone)
If you’re tired of tower defense games, join my club. The membership is free. My only rule is that all my followers actively grumble about the oversaturated genre on the Internet. Actually, I take that back. My other requirement (it’s in the fine print, but I’m doing you a favor here) is that you carry my throne and scepter wherever I deem the two things need to be placed.
My point in the above mess is that I’m tired of tower defense games. The basic formula -- put tower A here, put similar tower B there, watch enemies -- can become monotonous, and (generally speaking) I don’t see developers making much of an effort to twist or tweak the genre’s conventions.
The goal of Star Defense is to erect towers in order to repel various alien creatures from reaching a moon base. You’ve heard it all before, and more importantly, you’ve probably done it before. But what separates Star Defense from most games of its kind are the brilliant three-dimensional maps (or planets) in the game.
That’s it. You got it.
What makes the game fun, for me at least, is navigating its awesome map while brutalizing the alien hordes. Simple flicks and brushes with your fingers will rotate the planet sideways, and pinches (including an outward one) zoom the map back and forth. It’s a welcome design choice -- a breath of fresh air, really.
Score: 8 -- Great (8s are impressive efforts with a few noticeable problems holding them back. Won't astound everyone, but is worth your time and cash.)