Here at Android Apps Review, we are always on the lookout for the next greatest arcade game. In fact, there’s very little that our black hearts desire more than to find another title with hour-sucking potential.
Defend the City features a basic concept mixed in with a wealth of variety, color and excitement. Not to mention it has a totally free price tag. If that’s something you could get in to, then slide on down below the break to view our whole review!
Concept and Gameplay
As the name might suggest, Defend the City has you defending your city from . . . aliens? Nope! Invading Kaiju? Nope, not even a bit. No, you’ll be defending the town from falling blocks.
That’s actually a lot more exciting than it sounds. There are two different, basic block colors that fall from the top of the screen (that’d be the sky) and fall toward the floor (where your city lies).
To prevent too much damage—and that game over screen—you’ll need to tap the blocks before they hit the bottom.
This gets harder as the flow becomes heavier, and you’ll need to be quick on your fingers.
However, Defend the City does aim to help you out a bit. The game comes loaded with a few nifty powerups. Most notably, we like the Pow square.
This little bugger explodes mightily, and gives you a hefty bonus total at the same time. But, if you’re looking for more prosaic fun, there’s also score multiplier blocks and a green shield that protects your home base.
All of these go a long way toward fleshing out the game’s action, but it doesn’t need that much fleshing out to begin with. What’s offered here is fun and exciting—as it should be!
Design and Interface
At first glance, we weren’t sure we were going to like the way Defend the City looks. It’s very dark, rather dim, and has a pixelated look we’re not sure we would appreciate. However, the more we played around with the game, the more it all grew on us.
You see, there’s a stark difference between bad and retro. And in this case, Defend the City has just about nailed the retro feel. Sure, the menus, score counters, and even core graphics are way off the minimalist, modern path. But then again, they remind us immediately of games from yesteryear, and in a way that’s more than just homage. This is lineage.
In fact, the only downside to the game’s stellar low price tag—you can play Defend the City for free anytime—is the fact that it doesn’t come with more.
Eventually, we would love to see more powerups, more levels, more blocks, and just more content in general.
In the meantime, though, Defend the City is still very much worth a look. If you want a new arcade game to play with, then we can’t recommend anything more than this. Defend the City earns a solid recommendation from us!
Defend the City! requires Android 2.1.4. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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