Jelly Defense Review
- Unique, strategic binary tower/creep system.
- Stunningly gorgeous artistic style; like a re-imagined Neverhood.
- Occasional mini-games and progressively unlocked towers smooth out progression.
- Play-style hard to peg down; potentially a 'pro', but less 'strategic' and more 'you need THIS TOWER at THIS SPOT before NOW or you lose'.
- Relatively long levels with no checkpoints; failure is absolute.
Jelly Defense injects a much needed dose of fresh gameplay in to a genre that is far too often parroted without much deviation; just don't expect to knab perfect completions regularly - they're a true challenge for many levels (and that's not such a bad thing).
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It seems odd that despite having other games under their belt, the one thing that stands out in my mind from Infinite Dreams is 'Let's Create! Pottery'. It's strange because Pottery is less of a game and more of a toy with some objectives, but more importantly because their Jelly series of mini-games has finally culminated in the recent release of Jelly Defense on the App Store.
What's immediately striking about Jelly Defense is the simple, yet perfectly zany aesthetic that uses little more than bright splashes of color here and there to offset the gray and drab world the immobile Jelly creatures live on. Being immobile it was only a matter of time before their plight against more mobile foes were depicted in a TD, though aside from some of the usual tropes this isn't the kind of game you're used to playing.
Jelly Defense places you in control of various jelly-types (essentially towers), though they're colored either red or blue (in the case of the basic tower, both). This isn't simply for show as enemies fit in to either blue or red categories, with red tending to be a bit beefier, while blue tend to be faster. Towers are paired up in a binary system of color vs color with blue towers ignoring red enemies, but otherwise unloading on blue units. This encourages players to be careful about over-spending on upgrades or placement of various towers until they're absolutely needed.
This does lead to some difficulty curve issues early on as the usual 'simple' perfect clears are anything but easy and you'll have to eat humble pie a few times before knowing the order of the waves (and which paths they take) before picking up those gold medals. There are other reasons to get the gold ratings as the gems you preserve are used for an unlockable side objective.
Additional mini-games break up the game's later, longer levels, providing a much needed distraction from watching creatures slide around a map.
Whether on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch (the game is universal), playing Jelly Defense will provide TD veterans with a challenge while still being accommodating to newer players (albeit with some replays being needed). A great addition to what is an otherwise hard genre to stand out in.
DescriptionJoin the Jelly forces now and lead them to glory in this uneven and fierce fight against the invaders! Use your tactical skills and wisdom to tip the scales of victory in your favor in order to save the Diploglobe and the Jelly nation from the agressors! That's right, you are their only hope - the one they call the liberator, the true leader, the Jelly savior! You are the hero they deserve! Just look at these poor little creatures. They trust you, they believe in you, they rely on you. Can you refuse those big faithfull eyes (or eye)? You're really their only hope!
Download Jelly Defense now and lose yourself in a unique and beautiful world. Lead your army into battle against fantastic and demanding enemies. A magic, addicting, and surreal adventure awaits you. Jump in and become the ultimate Jelly legend!
- Apple Award: Best of Mac App Store 2011
- Mobile Trends Awards 2011: Best Mobile Game
- Generation Mobile 2012: Best iOS Game
- Review on the Run: Best iOS Strategy Game of the Year
- GameDynamo: Best Mobile Game 2011
- appSIZED: Top 10 iPhone and iPad Games of 2011
- PocketGamer Bronze Award
"This game will test your tower defense skills like no other." - Forbes
"It’s as smooth as butter, even when the action gets intense." - TouchArcade
"Stunningly gorgeous artistic style" - AppSpy
"A straightforward tower defence game blessed by beautiful visuals" – PocketGamer
"Cute graphics; good sound; lots of character; lots of challenge" – SlideToPlay
"The music is unique and fun, with a very catchy vibe going on" – 148Apps
"Simple to understand, has fun, whimsical graphics, and is addicting as hell" - MacGasm
What's New in Version 1.21Minor bug fixes and performance improvements.
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