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Space Station: Frontier Review

By Dave Flodine, on January 20, 2010


Space Station: Frontier
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PROS

  • An expansion to the tower defense genre.
  • Easy to play.
  • Quickly addictive.

CONS

  • Placing power links can be annoying.
  • Can be hard to see what's going on sometimes.

VERDICT

For fans of the RTS and TD genres, Space Station: Frontier provides a solid crossover with some very addictive gameplay.


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The tower defense genre has been one of the more popular of the app store, patrly due to the simplicity of its touch controls. Space Station: Frontier takes the simple controls and gameplay of tower defense and adds the base building, expansion, and resource management of the RTS genre. As a mining operation on the outskirts of the solar system, you are attacked by a hostile force, and must defend your operation.

If you've played a tower defense game, you know the basics. Drag a tower to place it on the map, and touch it to either upgrade or sell. What differs is that you need to create power chains linking to your main base which you can attach miners and defensive equipment to. The miners mine the ore rich asteroids littered around the map which you then use to build units, upgrade them, and extend your reach.

The visuals consist of 3d sprites that rarely disrupt the flow of gameplay. The sound effects are decent, as is the in-game music, however you can use your ipod if you want a different soundtrack. Aside from the campaign, there is also a survival and mining mode, plus a shop to buy new units to build in the main game.

Origin8 Technologies have set out to put a new spin on the tower defense genre by shifting it more towards a real time strategy game. The game is easy to control, has a nice difficulty curve, and some longevity. If you're looking for a new strategy title to keep you busy on the iphone, you certainly can't go wrong with Space Station: Frontier.

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