Last Front: Blob Invasion [rating: 4/5]
Last Front: Blob Invasion reminds me of a 1950’s B Movie, I’m not quite sure why it works, but it does and I’m not complaining! Tower Defense games appear to be both popular and successful on the various iDevices and Last Front: Blob Invasion is just going to join the ranks of the succesful TD genre. That’s not to say that there aren’t some missing features but at just 99 cents this is more of an add-on to the already successful earlier release from the makers of Last Front:Europe.
The main thing that stands out between this and other tower defense games is the premise, defending the world against an invasion of jelly bean looking blobs has to be unique but it adds a unique twist and keeps the game entertaining for the short time it lasts.
The game provides four maps for you to defend against the invading blobs, this is not as many as I would have hoped for and perhaps future updates will provide more maps but they are still different and provide a good challenge. Each map contains multiple spawning points and while the initial notification of where the next group of blobs is going to attack from it soon becomes clear and doesn’t stop you from planning your defense and attack appropriately.
You do need to move fast though as the blobs don’t hang around and while the spawning points may repeat the blobs movements aren’t so predictable so no two games are ever the same. The maps are a decent size too and you will need to scroll around the map by dragging your finger across the screen.
Once the invasion is on its way you can start deploying you various units. Your units are split into three varieties, your cheapest options, and the most readily available with the limited amount of money that you initially start with are the defense options where you can place mines, barbed wire and other defense options to help route the enemies in your preferred direction, namely your weapons.
The next set of options are your attack options which just like the other options are placed by simply selecting and then dragging them onto the screen. If you can place your unit it will be highlighted, otherwise it will remain dark and you’ll need choose a different location. The final options are your moveable units, the difference with these units, other than their price, is the fact that once place they can also be moved between waves on invasions.
All units can be sold and upgrade as and when required and with the variety of waves of the bouncing jelly beans you will need to be flexible in your placement but this is easy to do and makes it entertaining and never boring. And just wait until the blobs split instead of die, then things get really crazy!
The game is not easy and if this is your first Tower Defense game it’s going to be a fairly steep learning curve, but a worthwhile one. The lack of maps is disappointing and with only local leader boards for each map the long term enjoyment from Last Front: Blob Invasion may be a little short, but for 99 cents it’s still good value for money.
- Tower Defense with Jelly Beans
- High level challenge
- Splitting enemies!
- Only 4 maps
- No multi-player options
Price: $0.99 (iTunes Store)
Released: Jun 07, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 15.4 MB
Seller: Plow Digital
© (C)2010 Plow Games
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.