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Panzer Elite Review

By , on October 19, 2010


Panzer Elite
Download on the AppStore
3 out of 5

PROS

  • Interesting multiple lane castle defense gameplay.
  • Three factions and sets of missions to complete.

CONS

  • No tutorial to teach their unique 'defensive' style.
  • Easy to hit steep progression curves.

VERDICT

Panzer Elite causes more frustration than fun as players fight to maintain a careful balance between not crushing the enemy too quickly and not dying; a hard sell for a genre that prides itself on blunt force.


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Did I miss the memo where 'Easy' now means 'keep restarting until you figure out what the developer intended'? Don't mistake Panzer Elite by EASY Inc. for the regular sort of castle defense titles out there as your goal isn't to merely crush your enemy, but to sit there countering his units until you max out your upgrade score and then win.

This isn't exactly covered in the tutorial - which I might add is merely a help screen with a handful of screens highlighting interface elements that are fairly self-explanatory - and should you stumble ahead without realizing this you'll quickly hit an insurmountable wall of progression. The gameplay itself is actually rather interesting and players can place their units on one of four available 'tracks' to either bypass the enemy or to cut off their attacks by placing mines in their path. This can lead to some interesting strategies, but should you upgrade too fast or too slow you'll end up hitting that dreaded 'wall'.

Players can choose between one of three factions, though this is more aesthetic than anything else as the campaigns only vary slightly in their progression. Plenty of power-ups also scatter the landscape from time to time, though with an emphasis on defensive rather than offensive gameplay they're usually not easy to pick up when needed.

This sort of progression adds an artificial time-sink that shouldn't need to exist, especially when the gameplay is already going to be repetitive as it is. Hardcore genre fans might enjoy the challenge, but casual gamers after a quick blast are going to quickly find themselves out of their depth.

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