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Toon Defense Review (Android)

 
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Formats: Android
 
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Final Score
4.0
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Standard tower defense gameplay
Decent enough timekiller

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Numerous graphical glitches
Terrible UI
Plodding gameplay


Final Fiendish Findings?

Toon Defense essentially offers a rather unconvincing skin over the top of the standard tower defense gameplay, it does nothing new but certainly ticks all the boxes as a time killer.

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Posted October 14, 2012 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Since the critical success of Plants Vs. Zombies – tower defense titles have become a staple part of the burgeoning smartphone marketplaces, both Apple and Android alike. Toon Defense essentially offers a rather unconvincing skin over the top of the standard tower defense game play, it does nothing new but certainly ticks all the boxes as a time killer.

You play a cuddly little cat whose job is to plant various towers across a pathway that a horde of enemies will cross in order to attack your town. You can build a small variety of different towers to best tackle a the enemies, such as spear huts, anti-air, mortar and mage towers.

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The enemies are a strange hodge podge of different villains and don’t really make much sense. Aliens, vultures, zombies, ghosts and huge pig men are on the roster of those who will try and attack your town. There seems to be no consistent theme running through this game which means it lacks the charm of other tower defense titles.

On the build I was playing, there were a considerable number of graphical glitches, the animations are quite clunky (your character constantly walks on the spot) and assets would be be half missing from the screen. The text is poorly laid out in places and badly spelt in others. The screen real estate is not put to the most efficient use either. There are significant blank spaces where the user interface could have gone, but instead it has been splayed out across the gaming area which makes the game look very messy. This means that when controlling your character across the screen, you’ll most likely hit an option or menu button instead, which is frustrating. Some of the animations are quite clunky too, your character constantly walks on the spot and the Alien characters simple glide across the screen when they have legs.

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The pace of Toon Defense is rather slow. It takes considerable time to get to a point where you are able to acquire the full range of towers, most of which are locked out in the early few levels. Each level contains a range of 26 waves and by the time you’ve made it through the first level you are already fatigued by plodding nature of the game and want to sink your teeth into something a little more dynamic. Introducing more variety earlier on in the game would have made the whole thing a little more engaging. There is significant padding here that the title isn’t conceptually strong enough to be able to sell.

However, like all tower defense titles it has that same hook to it that keeps you playing during those more tedious moments of your day to day routine. There is a free version of the title available for download if this genre is something that floats your boat, although I can’t honestly recommend paying out any money for it given the flaws and issues above. However this title will not satisfy anyone who is looking for another solidly built Plants vs. Zombies experience however, and there are no doubt other more playable titles out there which you would want to exhaust first.


Adam

 
Playing games since I'd developed enough motor functions to hold a joystick. From Commodore 64 all the way through to the latest gen. Favourite games to play are FPS games and anything with a deep and compelling story and a world that draws you in. I also enjoy writing, film making and playing bass in whatever band will have me :)