TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘2112TD: Tower Defense Survival’

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The thought behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that each Friday afternoon we put up the one sport that got here out this week that we expect is price giving a particular nod to. Now, earlier than anybody goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t essentially imply our Recreation of the Week choose is the best scoring sport in a evaluation, the sport with the most effective graphics, or actually another quantifiable “finest” factor. As a substitute, it’s extra simply us choosing out the one sport out of the week’s releases that we expect is probably the most noteworthy, stunning, fascinating, or actually another onerous to explain high quality that makes it price having for those who have been simply going to choose up one.

These picks could be controversial, and that’s OK. In case you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s attempt to use the feedback of those articles to have conversations about what sport is your sport of the week and why.

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2112TD: Tower Protection Survival

Tower protection titles was once all the fad at a sure level in cellular gaming’s historical past, and it received to the purpose the place I simply couldn’t abdomen yet one more one being launched seemingly each rattling day. Which is a disgrace as a result of it’s a style that’s completely suited to cellular and the touchscreen. Fortunately we moved previous that fad section the place everybody and their brother have been releasing generic tower protection video games en masse, and whereas there are fewer of them launched these days they are typically of a lot greater high quality and far more fascinating than through the style’s peak. That’s most definitely the case with 2112TD: Tower Protection Survival ($1.99), the debut sport from developer Refinery Productions which launched on iOS and Android this week.

The very first thing to notice about 2112TD is that it’s a premium sport with no advertisements or IAP. That is essential I believe as a result of normally tower protection video games are free to play, and because of the nature of how these video games are arrange mechanically you simply can’t assist however really feel like perhaps you wouldn’t have been crushed in that tremendous onerous degree for those who had simply forked over some actual money for that fancy IAP tower. You’ll most definitely get your butt kicked in 2112TD, however you might be positive it’s as a result of you have to strive a distinct set of methods somewhat than the sport nudging you in the direction of spending cash on IAP.

The second factor that jumped out at me about 2112TD is how dangerous ass the visuals and presentation are. Refinery Productions have been going for a late ’90s/early 2000s PC sci-fi technique sport homage (suppose outdated Command & Conquer or Starcraft video games) and so they hit the nail squarely on the top with it. The plot includes warding off an alien invasion and saving the whole galaxy as we all know it, and options all of the cool area navy weaponry and freakish alien designs you’d anticipate from one thing like Starship Troopers. I like it.

Gameplay-wise, 2112TD performs issues principally simple and I don’t imply that in a nasty approach. That is stable, old-school tower protection design the place every map will trigger you to sit down again and take into consideration what the most effective technique could be. The in-game financial system and tower upgrades are balanced in a approach you can’t simply brute power your approach by way of, it’s a must to strategize. Apart from micromanaging your towers, there’s additionally a handful of real-time particular talents you may set off like an air strike, a fortification wall, or a drone so that you simply all the time really feel such as you’re actively taking part within the battle somewhat than simply organising a bunch of towers when you sit back and watch all the things unfold like in some video games. There’s additionally Regular and Laborious issue choices for every degree, in addition to unlockable Survival variations of each map. Coupled with the in depth improve system there’s quite a bit to maintain you busy right here.

2112TD doesn’t reinvent the tower protection components, and that’s truly what I like about it most. It’s an easy, well-designed tower protection sport with a cool aesthetic and no free to play shenanigans. If it’s been some time because you indulged in a type of, this one is a straightforward advice.