Phony Gaming: Kingdom Rush

7. Kingdom Rush
8. Cut the Rope
9. Simpsons Tapped Out
10. Angry Birds

kingdom-rushHere we go with number seventh of my list of best Android games of all time (keep in mind I’ve only had a smart phone to play these games on for a year) which is Iron Hide Game Studio’s tower-defense game Kingdom Rush.

I’ve had my run ins with tower-defense games before. I played a lot of them in Warcraft 3 back in the day and then later when the genre grew and made it onto stand-alone games I invested a lot of time on them that way as well. If you don’t know what a game like this is then let me explain; enemies are coming in waves and will pass through a patch of land to invade your fortress, house, tower or what have you. What you need to do is lay out towers that’ll kill these invading forces for you.Within the tower-defense genre there are different kinds of games. Mazed based tower defense, where the level is free for you to place towers where ever you want, and the best strategy usually is to build a long maze

Kingdom_Rush that your enemies have to pass through. There’s also the path based games where there’s a set path that the enemies will walk upon and you can’t hinder their movement put are restricted to placing your towers in specific areas. It a game where you try until you stop failing, place one set up of towers and if you die you tweak it until you don’t.

This game is very much a path based game and you have different spots on the map where the towers can be built. And the different towers you can choose between are the fast attacking archer towers, the slower attacking mage tower which inflicts more damage to units with higher armor, the cannon tower which does a splash damage inflicting damage over a larger target much like a bomb would do, and the barracks that send out soldiers to hold down and attack enemy units on the road. Each of these towers are upgrade-able and will in its ultimate form get a new set of abilities.

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I didn’t like this game all that much to begin with, I thought the lack of the ability to foresee the next wave of enemies was. And this is something I can have a hard time with most tower-defense games. These are a form of puzzle games in that you need to counter the enemy type with curtain kinds of towers, and without any ability to foresee what enemy type is coming next you can’t counter them very well. So what I had to do was replay each level a multiple times to be able to know what kind of towers I would need to invest in.

Later on in the game they introduce a hero character which you can level-up through out a level. I didn’t find it to be all that useful, I thought the character was kind of weak and didn’t deal all that much damage and would get crushed by the bigger enemies. But I moved it around a lot having it block the path on certain places.

All this said and yet it’s seventh on my favorite Android games list. There’s just something about these games where I have to finish them even though I see all these different flaws. It’s a way to shut down your mind, you have this problem you have to figure out and can focus on. It’s really relaxing in a way. I don’t even think the reward of finishing it is that great I just want to do it so that I can walk away from it. There a lot of games like this outside of tower defense, games like Tetris and Super Meat Boy. Games that are repetitive, where you get a feeling of being in the zone and that are really hard to put down because you always have that feeling of one more time. I think that the song from Tetris should be played with caution and every Tetris addict in mind.

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The game came out as a flash game on the internet in 2011, a half a year later it got released for the iPad and a little later on the iPhone. It was in May of this year that the game got an Android version. The sequel just got its release a month ago on iOS and fortunately for me I think I’ll have to wait a while for the Android release.

Phony Gaming: Cut the Rope

8. Cut the Rope
9. Simpsons Tapped Out
10. Angry Birds

Cut-the-ropeCut the Rope probably isn’t quite as well-known as Angry Birds though I would think that they both play in a similar arena. I recently helped my mother enter the smart phone-world by install some apps I thought she would like to have, and even though I didn’t think she would ever use them I had to install both Angry Birds and Cut the Rope. It’s just one of those big star IP’s in this new phone gaming market we have entered lately.

The game is very simple in its game mechanics, you have a piece of candy and a cute little frog who wants it. The sugary treat hangs from one or multiple ROPEs and you’ll have to CUT these to have it fall into his mouth. And every stage also includes a set of stars to collect if you need the extra challenge. Later on the levels get more advanced and things like spikes and bubbles get introduced as you’ll have to move the piece of candy through more elaborate stages.

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It’s one of the more perfect games suited for play through many short bursts. Pick it up as you commute, wait for your pan pizza to microwave or if you don’t want to interact with the stranger in the elevator. Though as the levels get more difficult you can just through this approach out the window especially if you want to collect all those lovely stars. You’ll be sitting dragging your finger over the screen multiple, upon multiple of times over and over again to get it just right. When you eventually do the success feels great, until your stuck on the next puzzle.

It’s a great concept for a touch screen device, simple at first yet frustrating as you get deeper into it. With a cute tone and a simplistic and lighthearted presentation it’s a very nice game to look at. And with all this it’s my eighth favorite Android-game. Please come by next Monday as I’ll continue moving on up the list. I hope you will read it even though this first three games has been pretty well-known, but of course I’m saving the best for last.

Phony Gaming: Simpsons Tapped Out

9. Simpsons Tapped Out
10. Angry Birds

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I haven’t watched the Simpsons cartoon for ages, and I doubt anybody has, and it’s always been as much an animated series as its been a huge merchandise-pile. And in this pile somewhere we have multiple video games and pinball machines and among these, if you really dig in, you’ll also find Simpsons Tapped Out.

This a lot like Tiny Tower or Zynga’s FarmVille  is a management game where you build your own Springfield and unlock different famous buildings and characters from the long-going series. From a top-down view you tap the screen to place new objects in your town, give characters objectives and collect money from your multiple houses and cartoon-figures who live in your little phone-esque device.

The plot for the game is something to the extent that the original Springfield has exploded and ceased to exist but in its place there are now multiple universes trying to rebuild. You’ll start of with just Homer and Lisa and as you build and complete different missions in the game new characters will appear with their own missions and personalities.

I like the game in the same way that I like Tiny Tower, though the thing I miss in Tapped out which Tiny Tower has been that I could place the game actively as well as passively. By this I mean I would get extra rewards if I would stick around and run some small errands in exchange for some quick bux. But in Tapped Out when I’ve collected all there is to collect and have handed out my orders to everyone there’s nothing left to do but minimize the game.simpsons-tapped-out-

Being passed on a comedy TV-show the writing in this game could be a little bit funny from, though I would mostly just tap the screen quickly to get rid of the text so that I could get on with my daily Tapped Out play-time. One joke being about not knowing where buildings would go didn’t matter because neither did the show. This show has of course been told in the actual show on multiple occasions, though I thought it was worth a mention here as well.

This review of the game, which has come to take my ninth place of my favorite Android games, might seem a little negative. I obviously liked my time spent with it, but I think that the Simpsons franchise is a bit of a joke, so much of my negativity might be directed towards what the game is based upon rather than the game itself.

It’s a well done managing game that doesn’t need your full attention, in order to build your very-own Springfield brick by brick over a long period of time. And the enjoyment comes from the ever so slightly growing little ant farm of a game you carry around in your pocket and play around with just before you turn the light off before bed.