App Review: Defender Chronicles – Legend of the Desert King by Chillingo Ltd.
Defender Chronicles is another well designed game by Chillingo Ltd. If you like tower defense games, here is another one for you. Watch out, though. Defender Chronicles is the hardest one I have played yet. I did not have much trouble beating the first two levels on the easiest mode. No matter how I try, though, I cannot seem to get past the third level, even on the easiest setting. I am not a gaming expert, but this game is harder than any other tower defense I have reviewed. So, for those who want a real challenge, Defender Chronicles is it.
One thing that I really like about Defender Chronicles is that it presents you not only with a game, but a story line as well. There are three kingdoms in the land of Athelia. Relative peace has existed there because of one person, the Beast King. When he disappears suddenly, war breaks out among the various inhabitants. It is your job to protect your villages from invading orcs and other beasts by recruiting archers and warriors to defend them.
The game begins the same as most other tower defense games. The attackers come in waves, although there is no break between the waves, making defense of your village harder. However, there are many differences between this tower defense and the others I have played. First, there are a very limited number of places that you can build defenses. These spots are marked with a sign at the beginning of each level. To build a defensive tower, you tap on one of the designated spots and then choose the tower to place. Second, whenever you build a tower, or upgrade it, the change takes a while to take effect. You have to think far ahead of your enemy. You can’t upgrade a tower and expect it to wipe out an enemy that is already within range. When you upgrade a tower, it often means that the warriors fighting at that tower will leave their post temporarily to train new warriors. Thus, instead of being stronger, your tower is weaker or undefended until the warriors return with more help. In playing this app, I let many an enemy reach the gates of the castle because I upgraded my tower too late. The third, and major difference, is the addition of a warrior at the gates of the castle. This warrior is referred to as your Hero. Your Hero moves with you through each level much the way a character would in a role playing game. At the end of each level, you can upgrade your hero and his capabilities.
At first, I found the game very frustrating. First, because of its difficulty and second, because the app would often crash on me in the middle of a level. Then, I would have to start all over. However, since I upgraded my iPod to the new iPhone OS 3.0, I have not had any trouble with the app crashing. If you are looking for a tower defense game that will keep you going, this is the one. It will not easily be conquered. The graphics are great, and it even incorporates some elements of the popular role playing games. Defender Chronicles is well worth the price you pay for it.
Defender Chronicles is $2.99 in the iTunes App Store.
Developer’s Website: http://www.defenderchronicles.com/