Bloons TD 4 Review
- Easy to learn for new tower-defense players.
- Bright, colorful theme; minimal slow-downs even during heavy waves.
- Ranking system and medals provide some replay incentives.
- New towers and maps only serve to highlight the repetitive feel of the game.
- Poor tower designs; overlapping visuals quickly get crowded and frustrating to manage.
Although tower-defense titles are no longer swarming on to the App Store, it's strange to see Bloons TD 4 sticking to the old formula instead of trying something more unique; a decent TD, but nothing outstanding.
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Can lightning strike four times in a row? The Flash version of Bloons TD has survived the multiple releases despite minimal changes over time and in deference to the iOS device users the second and third title have been skipped by Digital Goldfish, launching Bloons TD 4 as the follow-up to their popular original tower-defense game.
Much like the original game the goal is to simply destroy the colored balloons before they make their way to an exit, removing points from your health total if they survive. In order to ramp up the difficulty, each new 'bloon' is packed with balloons of different colors, imparting new properties and requiring a range of towers to ensure all of your bases are covered. This can become a confusing mess rather quickly, however the game's level-based progress system unlocks new towers and abilities, providing the tools necessary to survive while allowing you to absorb the information you've already learned.
Unfortunately there isn't anything terribly new about the fourth installment in terms of gameplay and while the visuals have certainly been given a polishing, Bloons TD 4 feels like a relic past its time. Seemingly tiny features that are now considered relatively standard are oddly missing, including the ability to accurately select towers and being able to see the composition of the next wave (for the purposes of strategic planning). Tower placement is relatively painless and players can choose between directly dropping towers or needing to confirm their position first, but given the free-form tower placement style the screen can quickly become challenging to navigate as upgraded towers become larger and frequently overlap adjacent towers.
This makes Bloons TD 4 more disappointing than truly upsetting to play as it remains fun enough to enjoy despite the lack of any real gameplay improvements. While the new ranking system does a great job of smoothing out the learning process, the need for trial-and-error over strategy (especially on later levels) can become tiresome. Fans of tower defense titles that don't mind a bit of old-school charm will enjoy the polished presentation of Bloons TD 4, but it's unlikely to 'wow' those who have passed through the glut of TD titles that have come before it.
DescriptionVersion 3.6 is now live featuring a brand new track and 2 new challenges.
3.5 - Added Pool Party Map.
3.4 - Added 2 new Challenges.
3.3 - Added 2 new Challenges.
3.2 - Added Beehive Map, Extreme Challenges and Mystery Tower.
3.1 - Added 2 new Challenges.
3.0 - Added 2 new Challenges.
2.9 - Added Monkey Heart Map.
2.8 - Added 2 new Challenges and Jolly Roger Extreme Map.
2.7 - Added 2 new Maps, 2 new Challenges, Festive Towers and Double XP!
2.6 - Bug Fixes
2.5 - Added new tower Spike Factory
2.4 - Added Trick or Treat Map and Spooky Tower Surprise.
2.3 - Added 3 new Challenges with unique gameplay elements.
2.2 - Added Blue Laser Challenge and IAP Extreme Maps.
2.1 - Added Firecracker Map.
2.0 - Added Challenge Mode.
1.9 – Added Sweet Tooth Map
1.8 - Added new tower Dartling Gun.
1.7 - Added DNA Test Map.
1.6 - Added Deflation Mode.
1.5 - Added Spring themed Daisy Chain map and IAP for Special Upgrades.
1.4 - Added Apopalypse Mode.
1.3 - Added new Sun God Temple Map.
We are continuously working hard to bring you a whole host of brand new content updates over the coming weeks so stay tuned.
You've been waiting patiently, thousands have requested it and finally it's here.....
NINJA KIWI'S BLOONS® TD 4 HAS ARRIVED ON THE APP STORE!
That's right the monkeys are back and this time there is a whole new army of bloons to burst. Featuring a whole host of new tower and enemy types, Bloons® TD 4 is the long awaited sequel to Bloons® TD iPhone.
This time the monkeys are serious and are ready to take down the enemy from the land, air and sea. Utilising a new ranking system you can build up your experience and gain access to even more powerful towers and upgrades. Call in mortar strikes, deploy the monkey aces and harness the power of banana farms as you bid to take down the enemy in true bloon popping fashion.
Bloons® TD 4 iPhone features a mix of classic tracks from the online game as well as a whole host of new tracks for you to master. The medal ranking system is also back to add a new level of difficulty to the challenge. Can you battle through all 75 rounds to earn the gold medal?
Of course, even if you do, the fun doesn't stop there and you can continue the madness in freeplay mode. Discover how many rounds can you survive before the enemy overpowers you then challenge your friends to beat your score using Game Centre high scores.
Bloons® TD 4 combines all of this with Game Centre achievements and there is even some special bonuses which you can discover and unlock by mastering the tracks!
• All of your Bloons® TD 4 favourites, including the all powerful Sun God and Dartling Gun.
• 25 different tracks plus 5 Extreme Maps (available through IAP).
• Challenge Mode and all new Extreme Challenges.
• 3 difficulty settings on each map, Easy, Medium and Hard for varying degrees of challenge.
• Continue the popping frenzy in freeplay mode once you master a track.
• Game Centre high score tables and achievements.
• Special bonus unlocks.
• Now includes Apopalypse and Deflation modes.
What's New in Version 3.6.2This app has been updated by Apple to use the latest Apple signing certificate.
Adds support for newer devices