Defence Of The Future for iPhone: A game of the future apparently from the past

Defence Of The Future Rating: ★★½☆☆

Defence of the Future or DOFT, sets you with the perilous task of defending the earth from an alien invasion. Luckily for you this title is based far into the future so you don’t have just your bare fists to work with but instead a super hero from an initial choice of 8 all of whom have different skills.

It’s a classic tower defence game where you will have to defend your three cannon towers well attempting to destroy the aliens 3 towers, if only it was that easy!

Before you launch a new game it’s worth studying the 8 hero’s you have to choose from. Each of the 8 has a different balance of defence and attack and so depending on whether you like to go on all out attack or prefer a more stealthy defensive approach the hero you choose will certainly have an effect on that.

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After selecting the hero that you intend to see you through your numerous battles you are then ready to play the game although newcomers to the genre may like to review the help section first to prepare themselves for the battles ahead. Unfortunately the help is not that helpful, just three screens of what for a beginner are not very helpful.

So into the game we go. It’s a 2D top down view of the battlefield with your towers in the bottom right and the enemies in the top left. The battlefield is pretty simple with three paths between you and your enemy. You control your chosen hero by touching the screen and they will travel to that location automatically firing on any enemy combatants in it’s way. Given that your hero is a robot I guess it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that they move like robots too. Unfortunately that doesn’t make for flowing game-play.

Along with your hero that you can control and direct you also have a legion of drones that automatically fly around shooting at anything and everything that approaches them. These drones are smaller and less powerful than your main control but they add a valid line of defence. As you progress you can update your hero stats in mid game making him more powerful and also cast skills that will give you an added boost in your attack. If you do die however it’s not game over although it will take a while for your hero to re-spawn and during that time your defences will be under heavy attack.

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It’s the lack of initial instruction through that is the biggest cause of concern here. Because the help is so limited and there is no in game instruction either it’s easy to get stuck not knowing what you are supposed to be doing and you will soon find yourself in a loop of shoot, die, re-spawn, shoot, die, re-spawn etc, etc, etc.

While the game has a lot of potential the learning curve for beginners will be too steep while old hands of this genre will find the initial release of DOFT lacking in depth and options. If the developers could spend some time providing some of the basics for example better instructions on game-play and multi-player options, (even if just over Bluetooth or local wi-fi), then they may have a more successful game on their hands.

The Good

  • Lots of hero’s with the promise of more to come
  • Cool looking hero’s

The Not So Good

  • Minimal help content
  • Only single player
  • Not enough depth

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Released: Feb 23, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
1.0 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)
Size: 6.5 MB
Languages: English
Seller: Guangxi Nanning Qiwang Computer Ltd.
© 2010 Guangxi Nanning Qiwang Computer Ltd.
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence
Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.

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