(SNAPP Reviews aren’t really full-fledged game reviews as much as they are just a way for us to give you a quick “heads-up” on whether a game is good or not. It usually means that we haven’t finished the game yet, but have played a good enough chunk to know if it’s worth your time or money.)
X Defense is a minimalist-style tower defense game that was recently released on the App Store by developer Miiou Game. Tower Defense games are a dime a dozen on mobile. So, it’s rare when you find one that has something somewhat unique. X Defense is pretty standard at its core. You have waves of enemies ride along a track as you purchase turrets to try to stop them. What makes X Defense stand out is its merge mechanics. Turrets that you purchase are all randomly generated. So, you never know what type of turret you’re going to get. As you purchase more, you can start merging the same “race” turrets to beef up your equipment, earn special skills, and save space. It’s a cool mechanic that adds a bit of strategy and depth. Each run is endless, so once your base is taken over, that’s it. You lose everything. That’s kind of where my love for this game ends. Outside of a leaderboard, there are no rewards for your time. No experience earned. Nothing new unlocked. There are a bunch of new turrets that you can purchase with diamonds in the shop, but no way to earn them. X Defense is still a pretty solid game. The minimalist cybernetic visuals are nice and the merge mechanic is unique. I just wish there was a little more to it. Regardless, I still think the game is worth checking out.
X Defense is also in this week’s SNAPP Roundup!
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