Legendary Wars for iPhone

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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.

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What is it?

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.

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Who's it good for?

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.

Why's it better than alternatives?

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.

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How could it be even better?

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.

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Legendary Wars, iPhone | iTunes

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DISCUSSION

it's not bad, but it has a few bad points. For a start, it's a paid app, but uses the 'freemium' currency - you can grind for cash, but the moonstones (or whatever) don't drop very often and yet there's a lot to do with them. I don't know if it's good or bad that they've priced them pretty sensibly though.

Also the controls on the side scrolling sections are amongst the worst I've experienced on the iphone. I've never failed one of those levels and NOT felt like it was the game's fault. And it's not necessary since a gesture control scheme (like mirror's edge) would be perfect.

Oh and it takes 'homage' to levels unseen since Homer Simpson made a website by taking animated gifs from other sites. I'm just waiting for the level with the angry birds.

So no, not a PvZ replacement, but it is fun. Just say no to the in game purchases... if you can. Failing that, add a couple of currency units to the price for when you want that next tier armour!