Bloons Tower Defense Hands-On Preview

A big part of the appeal of Bloons Tower Defense can be summed up in four words: Super Monkey Laser Vision. If you need more than that, read on, and find out why we’re so excited for this upcoming tower defense game based on the fun and colorful Flash game Bloons.

First: if you’re burned out on Tower Defense games, we understand. We are too, for the most part. At this point, the basic story of goblins or ants (or whatever needs to be shot with an arrow from a high vantage point) has basically been done to death. But, what if instead of saving villagers from goblins, you were using monkeys with darts to pop balloons?

These aren’t just any balloons, either. As the descriptions will warn you, these are “fast and evil” balloons, which contain smaller balloons as well, but none of them hold up against their sworn enemies: darts, blades, and bombs. Most of the towers are holdovers from the game Bloons, like boomerang-wielding monkeys, ice towers that freeze balloons in place, or tack-shooting mines. You can also drop tacks, pineapple bombs, and butter slicks in the road for a last-ditch effort to stop the balloons from taking all of your lives.

The graphics in our preview version were clean, simple, and very fast. When hundreds of balloons are whizzing by and Super Monkey is doing his Laser Vision thing, the game doesn’t hitch up for a split second. If you survive fifty rounds in three different stages (with three difficulty levels available for each) you can unlock a bonus map pack. That’s in addition to the racing, snow, and beach-themed maps that are available from the start.

The main issue we noticed in our preview build was that selecting the right towers on the touch screen was sometimes tricky, and we’d end up accidentally wasting money on a tower we didn’t want. Also, while hard mode is a significant challenge, we quickly learned how to survive medium mode very consistently.

While you can play Bloons Tower Defense and its sequels right now for free on Ninjakiwi’s website (after watching a short ad), we haven’t enjoyed a good Tower Defense game on the iPhone in a while. We think this game could be lots of simple fun, so check it out now on the web, and again when it hits the iPhone.

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