Army of Darkness Defense Review
- Relatively easy to pick up and play; handy in-line tutorial.
- Lots of unlockable units and abilities spread throughout the levels.
- Fun cartoonish style; matches the schlocky horror of the original film.
- Lop-sided difficulty curve; vertical difficulty jump at the end with no effective way to farm gold to get over the hump.
- Some audio clips used a little too often/without reason.
If you're one of the many people who enjoy the movie and you're after a fun defense title, there's no reason not to give Army of Darkness Defense a spin; unfortunately it suffers from many of the problems of the genre - notably the need to grind it out to finish the game.
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Army of Darkness was, even in my early years, a cult-classic and with such a following it's hard not to step on some toes when approaching the franchise for a video game conversion. Instead of trying to create something grandiose and overly-complex, Backflip Studios sticks to what it does best - that is to say, a game that's focused with a limited scope while still being enjoyable enough to keep coming back for more.
There are no surprises for guessing what kind of game Army of Darkness Defense is, but for those uninitiated this title places you in the role of Ash (a haunted man thrown in to the Dark Ages) as he tries to defend the castle from an invading horde of Deadites. Ash not only has his shotgun and chainsaw to call on, but various on-demand skills are also available along with troops that are summonable after stockpiling enough metal. Enemies can leave behind additional metal or gold for upgrading units and skills between levels, though this often places Ash at risk of dying as later levels pile on the damage quickly.
Getting your way through the 50 currently available levels isn't terribly difficult - that is until you hit a significant vertical wall at level 45. While many tactics can get you through to this point, players are left with the sad task of either grinding out more cash before dying or using an IAP to buy gold to polish off a few upgrades.
This dampens an otherwise highly entertaining castle-defense title as quotes from the movie are coughed up liberally (and with surprising variety), while the cartoonish art style actually manages to compliment the game nicely as knights and undead creatures clash while special effects fly around them all. If you have the patience to push through the final levels you'll be rewarded with an endless mode, giving some replay value, but simply getting over that hump is reward enough.
If you love Army of Darkness there's no reason not to grab this gem. The casual simplicity of this defense title makes it fun for almost any gamer, just don't say I didn't warn you about the last levels.
DescriptionGet out your boomstick and rev up your chainsaw! From the makers of PAPER TOSS, STRIKE KNIGHT and NINJUMP comes the definitive Army of Darkness game for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
In this tug-of-war, casual defense game based on the MGM classic movie, you play Ash, the time-traveling, evil-fighting, S-Mart sales clerk as you defend Lord Arthur's castle and the Necronomicon from the oncoming hordes of evil undead. Of course, you can't do it alone! Call upon multitudes of allies including Lord Arthur, Duke Henry the Red, the Wiseman, and many more to help you in your quest to defend the unholy book and use it to return to your own time. ARMY OF DARKNESS: DEFENSE takes the witty charm of the cult classic movie and combines it with gorgeous graphics and innovative casual gameplay that is certain to entertain any mobile gamer. So, remember the magic words and make sure your shoelace is tied, because this is going to be an epic battle!
-Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams
-Beautiful, fully animated graphics
-A wide variety of allies to summon including swordsmen, armored knights, archers, and more
-50 initial waves and an unlockable endless wave
-Awards and leaderboards via Game Center
-More than 100 hilarious quotes from the movie
-Countless hoards of deadites
-Originally composed music score
-Tons of special abilities including the boomstick, the chainsaw, the '88 deathcoaster and many more spells
-All of your favorite characters including Arthur, Henry, Sheila, the Wiseman, Evil Ash, and many more!
Making fun, high quality mobile games is what we strive for at Backflip Studios. We have seen nearly 100,000,000 downloads across our suite of games and we greatly value your continued support and feedback.
Also try some of our other games, including PAPER TOSS, NINJUMP, STRIKE KNIGHT or RAGDOLL BLASTER 2.
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