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RADIANT DEFENSE [TOUCHPAD] – REVIEW (80%)

12 Apr

Radiant Defense is a tower defence game released by Hexage.

“MILLIONS OF ALIENS WILL DIE… Radiant Defense is a tower defense game set in a vibrant universe invaded by countless alien hordes. Build your space fortress any way you wish, set up wide variety of weapons and traps and let the invasions begin!”

Radiant Defense is similar in many ways to Field Runner gameplay using the graphical style and sound effects for many of Hexage other titles. Some sound effects come straight from titles like Robotek.

Normally I would have left reviewing this one for a free app round up, but as this is a full title, I will review as 

The application puts you in control of a space fortress, strange aliens are appearing from worm holes and attacking. You have to build your defences to keep them at bay. If the “power coil” of your base is destroyed then it is game over and you will need to play the level again.

To start the game, you are given a tutorial level that starts you out limited to only one tower. Then takes you through upgrading and using modules to block the pathways.

The weapons are really the standard for a tower defence games, with lasers, gun turrets and tesla towers.

As you kill the enemy you will obtain cash to pay for new weapons and upgrades.

Wave length vary, getting longer as you progress. You can play at normal speed or fast forward if you wish. There is a pause between each wave that allows you to make any major changes or to lay down the modules to block off pathways to get the enemies nearer to your weapon emplacements.

The game is kind enough to let you restart from the same wave if you game over, say wave 10 out of 12, however, if you failure is due to bad weapon selects etc, then you will find yourself stuck and having to start from wave 1 again anyway.

Controls are done by dragging the towers into set locations around the level, you can then tap of them and buttons will appear offering upgrade or sell.

The graphics and sounds in the game are good, with the graphics style of games like Evac HD etc.

On the Freemium side of things, there are four in app purchase to add to the weapons and technology on offer, however, I was unable to test this as at present all the in-app purchases fail with error messages.

On the upside:

  • Well designed tower defence game.
  • Nice range of weapons and upgrades.

On the downside:

  • Repetitive gameplay.
  • Very tough, especially if you go for the wrong type of weapons and upgrades, leading you playing several waves again.

Overall, this is a solid tower defence game. There is nothing really original here, however, this game does take many of the best features and uses them. Well worth a download for fans of tower defence games.

Rating: 80%

Size: 15.0 MB

Price (at time of review): Freemium (With In-App Purchases, which do not appear to work in the UK?)

Link: Radiant Defense – Hexage

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Posted by on April 12, 2012 in Game - Defense, Reviews, Touchpad, webOS

 

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