Reviewed By: Craig Stern
Play Bloons Tower Defense
Bloons Tower Defense takes a new tack (pun intended) on the tower defense genre, creating a surprisingly refreshing and streamlined play experience. Like many tower defense games, Bloons TD doesn't even bother with the pretense of a plot. All you know is that you are charged with hiring dart-throwing monkeys and other puncturing, exploding, and freezing contraptions to destroy 50 waves of balloons before they reach the end of your path. Simple enough.
Those of us familiar with tower defense games know that enemies typically become stronger with each wave, getting more hit points and gradually becoming all but impervious to any towers you haven't been upgrading to keep up with them. Not in Bloons Tower Defense! More difficult enemies can still be popped with one hit--the problem is that like Russian matryoshka dolls, they have more bloons hiding inside of them that must also be popped. The result is a game you can literally win by just placing down a bunch of the most basic tower. Some people don't like that, and admittedly, Bloons Tower Defense is definitely on the easy side.
Still, the simplicity of the gameplay in Bloons Tower Defense has made it an attractive choice for casual gamers who've never even heard of tower defense, much less compared BTD to more "hardcore" alternatives. If Desktop Tower Defense is the Soul Calibur of tower defense games, Bloons Tower Defense is the genre's Super Smash Bros. If you've never played a tower defense game before, this game is a great one to start with. Even if you have, though, BTD is worth a try for its refreshing take on the genre.
8/10 - "Unique tower defense game with monkeys and balloons"
Anyone who is a fan of the Bloons games will like this, other than that it is a mediocre tower defense game.
7/10 - "The 2nd one isn't that great either"
More Game Reviews:
- Mashhouse Game Review
- Toast of War Game Review