People who know me well know that I am an absolute sucker for a good tower defense game. In fact, I’m a sucker for any tower defense game, quality isn’t important. Preventing the “enemy” from crossing the field is something that tend to get a little obsessive about.
I’ve played a number of excellent free tower defense games on my Android based T-Mobile G1. I’ve enjoyed them all, and after playing the free version of Robo Defense, I was eager to open my wallet and buy the paid version with its additional features.
Robo Defense from Lupis Labs is incredible. In addition to the open map with a single opening and exit, there are maps with three openings on one side and with three openings on the right and top, thus making planning your defense quite interesting.
Robo Defense offers 40 levels of difficulty with three levels of map difficulty. That ends up being a total of 120 levels. The game offers a number of “achievements,” such as completing a level without using guns, or another for not using rockets. There is even an achievement for completing a level without upgrading any towers.
Speaking of upgrades, towers can be upgraded and modified. Guns can be changed into anti-aircraft cannons, which can then themselves be upgraded. Rocket systems can be upgraded to surface to air missles (SAMs). SAMs can then be subsequently upgraded. Judicious use of the game’s slow towers, especially the upgraded slow towers, is a good way to keep fast moving aircraft positioned above upgraded SAM or rocket batteries.
If you are the type of player who wants to hurry the process along and get to building, Robo Defense offers a fast forward feature that runs the game at double speed. If the game is played entirely at normal speed, plan on 30 minutes per level. Even with the fast forward engaged, plan on 15 to 20 minutes per level.
With all of the available levels and achievements, a fantastic feature of Robo Defense is the ability to spend your points to upgrade your towers. I can’t imagine trying to play a level 21 map with level 1 towers. The strategy for upgrading towers will depend on how you play the game. Personally, I am a big fan of rockets, so I tend to upgrade explosions and rocket re-load over other tower upgrades.
My conclusion? This game is addictive, highly customizable, challenging, and incredibly fun. For $2.99, it is a great value that will provide many hours of challenging entertainment.
Robo Defense for Android
Developed By: Lupis Labs