Goal Defense is a comic take on the classic tower defense game format. The play is pretty simple in that you really need to put a bunch of players in the right spots to protect your prize – the trophy from in invading players. The comic effect comes from the concept of players rather than towers or defense machines used in this game. It is a nice concept packed in a neat fashion to keep people busy for long hours. Here’s our review of the fun game Goal Defense for iPhones.
Basic Game Concept
The game is like any other tower defense game where you need to position your troops – in this case it is your players – in strategic positions and ensure that the invading waves of enemies (here athletes) do not get to the goal (the trophy). The main highlight of the game really is the manner in which athletes from all kinds of sports are represented in this game. Of course, like any tower defense game, you earn dollars for killing the invading athletes and you can then use these dollars to upgrade your units. You can upgrade the intensity of their attacks or the range. You need to use your dollars and make your player placements prudently to ensure that your trophy is defended.
Playing Goal Defense
The game starts with an empty field with your trophy and a couple of fences as used in the equestrian jumping events. You will also see a series of shaded hexagons that are spots where you cannot place your players. The rest of the field is yours to pick and choose. Once you have your players positioned, the wave of invading athletes begins. The game does show the path the athletes would take by arrows which give you an idea of how the wave is going to march. You can then take decisions during the attack to remove or add more players to defend the trophy.
With each invading player killed, you earn dollars or points. At the bottom of the screen you will see other special powers that you can introduce in your defense to strengthen it. The entire game is basically repeating this with more obstacles, interesting characters, shorter time intervals between waves and larger and more intense invasion waves. The upgrades and new players that you unlock with progress keep up the interest and the comic factor.
Unique Aspects of Goal Defense
Given that this is a mashed up version of tower defense, there is no surprise factor on ultimate goal of the game – no pun intended. However, the characterization of the towers and in invading enemies as athletes from various sports makes this a very refreshing game. For example, you can add a bowling player to your defense. He can throw the bowl that will destroy all the enemies in its path, however it is only effective if the player has a clear path. So learning about the strengths of various athletes is critical for you to effectively play this game.
For people though with time, things could get dragging as you need to strategize and practically let the game play itself. While there is always the thrill associated when your strategy works, but a series of poor games and you could find yourself spending too much time waiting.
In summary, Goal Defense is a great pass time. It may not be a new concept, but it certainly is a new refreshing way of looking at a traditional gaming concept.