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Army of Darkness Defense HD review (iPad)

May 12, 2011

“Hail to the king, baby”

10 word description: Castle defence based on film. Ash vs Deadite hordes. Game Center.

The chainsaw is a fairly expensive upgrade. "Groovy"

10 word review: Incredibly fun and additive film tie-in. Action packed, entertaining.

"Alright you primitive screwheads, listen up! You see this? This... is my boomstick!"

You will like this if you enjoy: Castle defence games, the Evil Dead movies, Bruce Campbell, hectic cartoon style action games.

"How will we stop an army of the dead at our castle walls? How will you fight that? With more words?"

The good news: I am really, really pleased that this game is not just immense fun in its own right but also does itself, and the source material, a great deal of justice.

"Say hello to the twenty-first century!"

The bad news: Not really bad news, but I am up to wave 23 (out of 50) and there seems to be just the one zone – the castle. Not a big deal, but some fans might have expected maybe the windmill and graveyard to have featured more than just on the title screen background.

"I got it, I got it! I know your damn words, alright?"

Arcadelife verdict: It’s a great game. I intended playing a few waves to see what it was like and now, quite a long time later, I have reached wave 23 and decided I’ve probably experienced enough of the game to have assured myself that it is actually pretty damn good. I lost interest in castle defence games a while back because they seemed like exercises in grinding repetition, or one trick ponies where you had seen everything after a couple of levels. AoD Defense, rather than just tacking some Bruce Campbell quotes onto a generic CD game, is quite a different experience from the usual CD efforts.

"Shop smart. Shop S-Mart"

To start with, you control the character of Ash separately from the troops that you can summon from the castle. Ash moves left and right under your control and has various special attacks and abilities that you can use to fend off the Deadite hordes. Summoned troops, apart from the healer, travel left to right and attack the Deadites with whatever weapon they are carrying.

Graphically, it’s superb. Loads of different enemies and allies and a very good characterisation of Ash/Campbell complete with an excellent chin. Even in a big brawl it’s easy to figure out what’s going on and where everyone is. I won’t spoil anything, but different enemies keep appearing and a few were ones I had hoped for but didn’t really expect to see…

"Keep your damn filthy bones outta my mouth."

There are loads of quotes from the film, not just Ash’s lines but several of the other main characters. Even if you haven’t seen the film, most of the quotes are amusing enough without knowing where they originally came from and they have been integrated into the game in a mostly contextually appropriate manner.

"Hail to the king, baby."

Fans of the Evil Dead series should love this game, but it’s not just for them. The constant action, amusing characters, well designed combat and high level of overall polish make this an almost essential game for any iPad gamer. There’s a great feeling when you summon the right combination of troops, turn a battle and fight your way to the castle gate. It’s really a very, very good game. Hard to know what else to say, so I’ll just stop there.

Arcadelife rating: 92/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.0
iTunes link

Backflip Studios website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
4th gen iPod Touch (OS 4.3.2)
iPad (OS 4.3.2)
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