METAL SLUG DEFENSE Review
- Sprites offer plenty of nostalgia for fans
- Drawing on the franchises art assets offers a lot of environments
- Energy system will quickly see you restricted
- You feel forced to pay if you want to advance at a decent speed
- Expensive micro transactions
We are pretty sure nobody asked for a free-to-play Metal Slug tower defence game. Now we have one, and it's a pretty, but dull pay-to-win experience.
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When we think Metal Slug, our minds turn to classic arcade side-scroller action. What we don’t think of is the tower defense genre. However, that is precisely the catagory which SNK Playmore's new free-to-play title Metal Slug Defense falls into.
That's not to say that there isn't some crossover between the classic games and this new enterprise. Creating a 2D side-scrolling tower defense title has allowed the developer to lift art straight from previous Metal Slug games. The gorgeous, smoothly animated sprites are instantly familiar to fans, while the franchise's library of detailed backgrounds mean that no two levels ever look alike.
With the art done, you would think that SNK Playmore would find the time to do something special with the gameplay. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. The mundane tower defense combat takes place on a single plane and has you as sending unthinking troops directly towards your opponent. With energy timers controlling troop creation, fights quickly degenerate into a waiting game. Your opponent is doing the same thing, of course, so most of your time is spent watching your troops die in the middle of the map.
Upgrades and different unit types can go some way to limiting the bottleneck created by these timers. These units include the machine gunner Marco, who makes short work of armour, and shotgun unit Tarma who is able to decimate the undead. Unfortunately, however you use these units, you are frequently overpowered by sheer weight of numbers. This quickly removes any sense of skill or satisfaction, making the deciding factor whether your army is leveled up enough.
What Metal Slug Defense really wants you to do is invest in medals, which can be used to buy stronger troop types and purchase upgrades. But, with 30 medals costing 69p / 99c and anything of worth costing around 150 medals, this quickly becomes expensive.
In truth, we're a little sad to see the Metal Slug franchise leveraged as a free-to-play grind-fest. While the gameplay is mindless, our nostalgia for the series could have carried us through if the game delivered any sense of reward. Depressingly, however, Metal Slug Defense’s business model overpowers any chance of fun, leaving a pretty, but dull pay-to-win experience.
DescriptionNew 20 Million DL record!
KOF20th Anniversary Collaboration Campaign!
Famous characters from KOF joins the battle in "METAL SLUG"!
Launch of "Fan Greetings Sale" with tons of "MEDALS"!
■Fan Greetings Sale pricing:
New features in this update:
1) Addition of KOF fighters: "Iori Yagami", "Mature Nikaido", "Vice"
2) New areas
3) New Special Missions
“METAL SLUG”, the pinnacle of 2D action-shooting on NEOGEO returns in a tower-defense / Strategy game on iOS! Command your troops in order to seize the throne of the world’s best “METAL SLUG” player!
■Regular and Rebel Armies clash on iOS!
Send your units to the battlefield and take over enemy bases with a simple tap of your finger!
Use the METAL SLUG Attack, along with other unique special attacks to turn the tide in battle, and the goddess of victory will smile upon you!!
■More than 60 different characters and units available!
At the beginning of the game, only the Regular Army’s units are available, but Morden’s soldiers will join
your ranks later on! Limited units that can only be acquired via rare events or specific conditions are waiting for
you as well!
■The world is your battlefield! Battle in various nostalgic METAL SLUG stages!
“METAL SLUG DEFENSE” features more than 100 background stages faithfully recreated from classic METAL SLUG titles! Clear them all to replay stages with new units in battle and obtain more rewards!
■Level up your troops and armament!
Customize your units in order to increase your chances to win the war! Change and save your units at any time in the game via the easy and intuitive touch commands!!
■Compete with other players in Wi-Fi VS Battles!
Enjoy “METAL SLUG DEFENSE” alone or with other users in Online VS Battles via the Wi-Fi feature. Win battles in order to improve your score, competing with players from around the world for the highest ranking!
iPhone 4S, iPhone 5/5C/5S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation and above), iPad mini, iPad Air, iPod touch (5th generation and above)
* The supported OS is iOS 7.0 and above
What's New in Version 1.18.01) Addition of KOF fighters: "Iori Yagami", "Mature", "Vice"
2) New areas
3) New Special Missions