iPad App Review:
It starts with a tutorial detailing the premise of the game. The tutorial, however, will not make you understand Human Defense more than playing the game itself.
Tower defense games’ objective is pretty simple. Plant towers strategically to defeat the enemies. Since the theme of this iPad app is human body, it does get a little bit complex as user must acquire carbohydrates and get rid of pathogens or viruses to save your patient.
It may sound confusing at first as both the virus and the carbs walk the same route. You can place different kind of towers on certain spots along the path to eliminate viruses that march along.
A number of carbs must be acquired first before a tower can be built. You need to place towers keeping in mind which is best for certain viruses. Some towers inflict less or more damage to a particular pathogen. If the virus was able to reach the end without getting killed, your health will suffer and one of your objective is to watch the health of your organ as you may need to send carbs to a particular direction to boost your life.
The idea of guiding carbs to different directions is where the puzzle element comes in. Gamers can switch the paths of viruses to buy some more time and can also divert the carbs to particular direction to help upgrade towers or to increase your health.
The health system is pretty tricky as you need to keep your health bar balanced. To maintain the balance, you need to direct enough carbs to the organ. Guiding too much carbs will chip in on your health once it reach the right most side of the bar. Diverting less carbs will also reduce your health once it reaches the left most side of the bar. It is a nice addition but may take awhile to sink in.
Human Defense is definitely not your average tower defense game. The developers have done a nice job of balancing the addictive gameplay to make sure it is entertaining and rewarding to players.
The iPad app features outstanding graphics. The animations are done nicely with vivid colors. I didn’t expect that this tower defense game will have stunning graphics. Other feature of Human Defense is that the viruses as well as the carbs grow in strength.
The iPad app offers 2 game modes. One is the main adventure mode which may take you several hours to finish while the other one is the emergency mode which could add a couple more hours of gameplay.
More in-depth tutorial would help
Extra levels would be a good addition
Human Defense gives a fresh approach on the tower defense niche but it is also hard to master with new elements in place. The learning curve is pretty steep as you may need to shell out hours of gameplay before finally mastering the iPad app. However, the price tag of $0.99 is definitely worth shelling out with its healthy combination of complicated yet addictive gameplay.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.3 or later.
© Heliceum games
$0.99 [iTunes Link]
Disclosure: We were given a promo code for review.