No offense, Plants vs. Zombies, but it might be time for a new tower defense game. If you're ready to get serious about your defending, then the expansive RTS-RPG-tower defense hybrid Legendary Wars might be the new king.
Legendary Wars, iPhone, $3. Legendary Wars is a lot of things for $3. It's a tower defense game at heart, and a good one at that. There are plenty of fun units that you accumulate throughout the game, all of which have their own unique special abilities you can trigger in a pinch. But it's also got elements of RPG and RTS, allowing you to improve various attributes of your units and send them, individually or as a group, to attack the bad guys' castle. It all amounts to something that's more frenzied and fun than your average tower defense, if a little less precise and strategic. The video above only shows the start—you eventually recruit archers, wizards, and golems to your team across snowy plains, deserts, and more. See! Expansive indeed.
People who are ready to graduate from Plants vs. Zombies to something more complex; people who are about to go on a really long plane or car ride; people who like actual towers in their tower defense games.
For $3 you get a whole lot of gameplay. Various units can be leveled up in several different ways, part of the time you're defending while the other part you're attacking, graphics are attractive throughout. And occasional sidescroller combat levels punctuate up the regular tower defense levels, which is a nice palate cleanser every so often.
Its more complex than your average tower defense game, so it doesn't have the immediate pick-up-and-play satisfaction. The three-lane system for allocating forces can also get a little bit tricky, causing you to accidentally call units home when you're trying to place new ones, etc. And it needs Retina Display support, like, soooo bad.
Legendary Wars, iPhone | iTunes
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