CF Defense HD [rating: 3.5/5]
First person shooters have had mixed reviews on iDevices with the use of virtual d-pads and the touch screen not always conducive to good control systems, CF Defense HD is the latest to attempt to succeed in the App Store.
The first thing that you’ll notice when playing this game is that they have got rid of one of the issues that can sometimes cause issue in your position is fixed to a single location so there is no need to to worry about movement controls, the only controls you have to be concerned with are aiming and shooting.
The fixed position of your location is due to the fact that you are stationed over looking a beach which is under attack and it’s your task to stem the multiple waves of enemies as they attempt to storm your position.
From this over seeing position you get a full view of the beach and a full range with your machine gun and cannon. The machine gun is your standard weapon and will be used to slaughter the majority of enemy soldiers as the run up the beech. The machine gun is activated by button in the bottom left corner of the screen and while re-loading is a manual process it is easily done by sliding the bolt to re-load.
Your machine gun has a limitless supply of ammo, however it is no use against the boats that are used to deploy cars, trucks and motorbikes onto the beach, for the boat you will need to use your cannon. Unlike the machine gun though ammo for the cannon is limited and while it’s effective in blowing the boats out of the water the ammo is also expensive so usage is limited.
Not only can you purchase ammo for your cannon you can also upgrade both the cannon and the machine gun to make it more powerful, accurate and fast. The balance of earning enough money to purchase these upgrades is nicely balanced and you will need to prioritize your expenditure.
The other items you can spend your money on includes air strikes which as you progress though the levels become more and more vital. Using an air strike will kill eliminate anything that is on the beach and is great for when you start to be over run by enemies.
The air strike won’t kill any enemies that are currently floating down to the beach under their parachutes so you will need to kill them separately. You can let them land on the beach but if you shoot them while they are in the air you may pick up a bonus crate that could contain extra cannon ammo, health or increase your machine gun capacity.
The graphics look pretty good on the iPad with the small soldiers looking well animated as they run out of the sea and up onto the beach. However there is only one location so things can get a little tedious after a while.
The variety of each wave is pretty limited too. As you progress through the levels and increase your ranking from Staff Sergent through to Brigadier small things change as additional enemy types are added to the level but ultimately you still have the same task to complete and that is to kill all the enemies what ever their form.
It is a fairly addictive game though and I have often found myself returning for more to see if I can get a little further than my previous attempt. The intensity of the battles is also reflected by the sound effects which fill your eardrums with the sound of war as your machine gun constantly mows down the multiple waves of soldiers.
A leaderboard is included via integration with OpenFeint however no achievements have been included as part of the integration.
Overall CF Defense HD is an enjoyable game, however to increase the replay value of the game additional locations need to be added to make the game more interesting. In addition the game won’t rotate with the iPad.
- Ferocious wave after wave action
- Simple control system
- The sound of war
- No screen rotation
- Only 1 location
Price: $2.99 (App Store)
Released: Jul 05, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.0
Size: 43.0 MB
Seller: Original Force
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Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.