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Anomaly Warzone Earth HD review (iPad)

August 18, 2011

“Keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ rollin’ – Yeah!”

The title screen pans around over a monochrome view of the devastated city. Nice

10 word description: Tower Offence; select squad, plan route; defeat enemy’s tower defences.

The strategic map that appears before each mission can also be accessed at any time during a mission to make route changes and check the area

10 word review: Fresh TD innovation; splendid visuals; a ton of strategic destruction.

Completed missions have a couple of medals (gold/silver/bronze) that you can earn for "Ruthlessness" and "Efficiency"

You will like this if you enjoy: Tower defence games; real-time strategy battles; a contemporary-military vs alien-tech sci-fi theme.

Your vehicles are green, your route is a dotted line. The enemies are those big, nasty looking red things

The good news: Pretty much everything about the game is good news, from the movie-trailer style intro to the ability to dynamically alter your planned route at any time. Graphically it is very impressive, the top-down 3D view is very detailed and always nice to look at. A wealth of strategic choices really do give you the feeling of being in control, rather than just planning a route and sitting back to watch what happens. You can never just sit back and watch what happens, unless you like seeing your squad get instantly annihilated.

Several limited-use special weapons are available. This smoke-screen affects enemy accuracy

The bad news: Hard to fault, really. The gung-ho “I’m a born leader” ex-SAS type mission voiceover could annoy some people but I rather like it.

Money can be earned and spent during missions to upgrade vehicles and buy new ones

Arcadelife verdict: Any game that can make the tower defence genre feel fresh on an iOS device has got to be pretty special. Most missions are a joy to replay, making different route and squad choices or going for specific medals or achievements. Mid-mission checkpoints are a relief if you decide to “try something different” and it doesn’t go quite as well as expected. Overall, highly recommended – go bomb some invading alien scum back to the stone age right now.

Keep rolling, keep blowing stuff up

Great iPad ports like this, Emberwind HD, NyxQuest HD and Avadon really show what a seriously great gaming device the iPad can be when publishers move away from the endless churning mass of zombie-flicking casual games.

Arcadelife rating: 96/100

Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.1
iTunes link

Chillingo AWE website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 4.3.5)
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