App Review: Cartoon Wars by BLUE with Tips

by Dorothy   on August 5, 2009
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cartoonwars3 150x150 App Review: Cartoon Wars by BLUE with TipsCartoon Wars by BLUE is a challenging castle defense game.  At first, I was not very impressed with the graphics or the game play.  The instructions in the Help section were somewhat cryptic.  So, I decided to just jump in and start playing.  It was not long before I was both a little frustrated and addicted.  The object of the game is to conquer the enemy’s tower while defending your own.  In fact, the game can go on and on and on until one of the castles falls.

You have a couple of tools to help you with your quest.  First, you have a bow mounted on the top of your castle.  You can aim this bow by sliding the fire button in the lower right corner of the screen left or right.  This button is also used to fire arrows from the bow.  The trajectory of the bow does change when you slide the button, but I found it near impossible to shoot it with very much accuracy.  Also, be careful firing the arrows too close to your own men.  You can destroy your own troops with friendly fire.  Having said that, the bow and arrows can be very helpful in slowing down the advance of enemy troops.

Your second line of defense, and probably the more important one, is your troops.  When you start a new game, you only have access to warriors.  These warriors are deployed by tapping on the warrior symbol at the bottom of the screen.  Each warrior costs you 10 mana, which you accumulate over time in each level.  As soon as you have enough mana to deploy a warrior, the symbol will light up.  Having enough mana to deploy enough troops is key to winning the game.  If you save up enough mana, you can upgrade it by tapping on the statue behind your castle.  This upgrade will increase production and the maximum number of mana you can store up.

You also earn gold by killing oncoming troops.  The gold can be used to buy other upgrades.  You can upgrade your castle, your bow and arrow, or your warriors.  It can also be used to new types of troops.  At the end of each level, you will be given the chance to buy upgrades.  However, you can also upgrade during a level by tapping on the pause button.  This feature proved extremely helpful to me on a few occasions.  Each level is harder than the one before it and many feature a completely new type of enemy.

Cartoon Wars, while not my favorite, is definitely a good castle defense game.  It grew on me the longer I played it.  I would like to see a better degree of control over the bow and arrow, but it does work as is.  I liked the control that you are given over your defenses in choosing upgrades and trying to time attacks so that you beat the enemy back to their castle.  Overall, it is fun, challenging, and addicting.

Cartoon Wars Tips:

  1. The enemy produces troops faster than you can, especially at the beginning of a level when you have little mana.  To beat them, you have to prove stronger in another way.  Attacking with a large group will often catch them off guard and turn the tables in your favor.
  2. Learn how to use the bow and arrow to your advantage.  While it is hard to control, especially at first, it can be essential to winning the game.  The enemy does not have a bow and arrow.  Don’t be afraid to use yours.  If you hold your finger on the fire button, it will fire continuously.
  3. Keep an eye on how much gold you have and remember that you can upgrade mid-level.  Tap on the pause button in the top right corner to bring up the menu.
  4. The more upgrades you can get, the better off you will be.  If you can drag an easy level out for a long time, you can earn a lot of gold to buy upgrades.  Also, don’t forget to upgrade your gold production.
  5. Upgrading mana production not only increases how fast you produce it, but it increases the maximum amount you can hold.  Store up lots of mana and then deploy lots of troops at once for a big attack.
  6. When you are buying upgraded troops, be aware of how much they cost to deploy.  In some cases it is better to upgrade the warriors or ninjas that are cheap to deploy rather than buying another type of troop that costs 150 or more mana to deploy.
  7. Like the game suggests…. “Enjoy your war.”

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2 Responses to “App Review: Cartoon Wars by BLUE with Tips”
  1. Madeline says:

    This is definitely my type of game. It seems to be a bit like Advance Wars, but I am thinking that this is not a straight RTS like that one is. Still, the site I get most of my iPhone app reviews from liked this one as well, so I think I may pick it up…Although, I usually get frustrated with games that don’t let you save mid-level, as I believe this one does, I think I will just bite the bullet and grab this anyway..


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