Doodle Invasion Review
- Publisher: EA Chillingo
- Genre: Action
- Released: 25 Nov, 2010
- Size: 18.9 MB
- Price: $0.99
- Fast-paced tapping gameplay.
- Clever visuals with tonnes of animations to explore.
- Sharp difficulty curve; unless you hit 'replay', all previous levels need to be replayed as well.
Doodle Invasion is a hard game to enjoy unless you manage to click with the game's somewhat loose control scheme, but if you can get past that there's a few smiles to be had watching stick figures as they get slimed.
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It's all too easy to let your eyes slip over games that profess the formulaic title of 'Doodle <verb>', however despite the usual stylistic hallmarks in Doodle Invasion from Clickgamer, you'd be doing the game a disservice for dismissing it out of hand.
The premise is a relatively simple one as invading blobs attempt to take over a beach (and subsequently the world) and you'll have to hold off the incoming tide long enough to destroy the creature spawning forth these tentacled denizens. Players are given several tools to dispose of their enemies, drawing buoyed nets across the screen to catch and wrangle the blobs in to manageable chunks to be sucked up by ships that occasionally cross the screen. Other enemies can be disposed of with a simple tap, including firing missiles from the ships and helicopters that pass by.
Unfortunately there's a steep learning curve as you attempt to manage all the smaller quirks of the control system, not the least of which is having to hold off on tapping while a barrier is in place as it otherwise mysteriously disappears. This is further complicated by other taps that don't cause the same problem and having some creatures miss the net altogether if it's moved too quickly.
While these may all be purposefully designed gameplay features, it doesn't reduce the amount of frustration felt while you flounder to master the new elements added in each successive level. Should you click with the control choices in Doodle Invasion, you'll find the game to be challenging with more than a bit of irreverent humor to keep you smiling, however if the controls aren't to your liking then you're unlikely to stay amused for long.
DescriptionIs it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a gigantic space ship and it’s dropping a big green DoodleInvader into the ocean…oh great. Use your doodling skills to create breakers to stop the evil spawn of the giant green alien from reaching Doodle Bay in this addictive and challenging doodle defense game!
The object of Doodle Invasion is simple; stop the Invaders from reaching the shore. If too many make it on to Doodle Bay you are overrun. The game play, however, is not so simple. You’ll need to use your brains as well as your fingers. Draw the breaker across the screen to catch as many aliens as you can, once you do you have to steer them into the paths of the ships that helpfully suck them up. Be careful though, you can only draw one breaker at a time and there are going to be a LOT of Invaders.
It won’t just be the average green blobs you’re going to have to contend with to save Doodle Bay, they’ve brought some Invader buddies with them too. There’s the Squidoodle, who excels at smashing your barriers to pieces; then there’s the Squidipus, a fast moving predator who eats innocent jet skiers for breakfast; or how about the Lochnoodle, a giant creature who will make your life a misery by destroying anything in its path!
You are in no way powerless against the hordes, use warships to fire destructive missiles at the creature, enlist the help of fishermen who cast their nets over the advancing alien enemies, or enlist the help of an Apache helicopter who fires a barrage of deadly missiles. Tap the Zip doodle to destroy him before he slips under your barricades, blow up the Doodle ambulance before he heals the mother ship, and send their doodle mines back under the sea before your ships are sunk!
Compare your Doodle skills to your friends and the rest of the world using the fully integrated Crystal leader boards and Achievements.
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