Starfall HD review (iPad)

March 24, 2011

“The sign of truth – Starfall lights your eyes”

10 word description: Sci-Fi/Space themed Tower Defence. Unlock, research, upgrade. Campaign & leaderboards.

10 word review: Very smooth, deep and enjoyable TD, obviously crafted with care.

The tutorial keeps it nice and simple.

You will like this if you enjoy: TD games, e.g. Sentinel 1, 2 & 3. Anyone wanting a deep, polished, good looking real-time action/strategy game for their iPad should also check it out.

The good news: Starfall HD mostly lives up to its aspirations to be the best TD game on any platform. It looks quite stunning, plays very smoothly, exudes an air of extreme polish and has layer upon layer of depth in the research, unlocks and upgrades.

The bad news: By design, it takes time to build up enough credits to start fully enjoying the research and upgrade features. The option to continue playing a campaign level after beating the last wave does not continue to earn you credits.

The only limit to your galactic super-domination is money, or rather the lack of it.

Arcadelife verdict: I have tried quite a lot of TD games on both iPod and iPad. Starfall HD is easily one of the best. In many ways it surpasses all the others due to the high level of polish, attention to detail and content. It is also a very fun game to play, which is also kind of important!

Most TD fans can ignore ‘the bad news’ above; I’m obliged to write something in that category and the fairly slow manner in which you earn credits could feel restrictive to casual players or people expecting to rush through all the research and upgrades. I’d advise against continuing a campaign level after receiving the victory message – you won’t earn any more credits and the next map is only a screen-tap away.

"We came, we saw ... we got shot in the face."

The maps don’t have clearly defined paths for the enemies to follow, your own tower placement influences their choice of path to a large extent. Once you become familiar with this, you can use their path-finding behaviour to your advantage, placing structures so that the enemies are forced to follow long, looping paths through a narrow gauntlet of concentrated fire. Getting this right is a great feeling. Getting it wrong is just part of the learning curve.

Overall, this is a truly great TD game that any fan of the genre will appreciate. It also has a casual difficulty setting and enough comparatively easy early levels to appeal as an introduction to TD games for anyone who has never played one but fancies a go. Hint – There’s a lite version too.

The version of Starfall HD that Arcadelife reviewed is 1.2

iTunes link

Starfall website.

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3)

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