Anomaly Korea Review – More of the same only better!
App Type: Uncategorized
By: Chillingo Ltd
Version #: 1.02
Date Released: 2012-12-20
Developer: Chillingo Ltd
Price: 3.99User Rating:
In the wake of 11Bit Studio’s smash success, Anomaly: War Zone Earth, comes the next chapter of mankind’s struggle against a relentless alien invasion. While the previous game was distinct in being a break through for the worn tower defense genre, concerns were had with its sequel. Could Anomaly Korea bring enough of what made Warzone dart so great while still giving it its own unique spin?
Anomaly is usually referred to as a reverse tower defense game. Where tower defense games have the player placing towers to stop a stream of enemies from reaching your base, Anomaly turns that around and has you playing a convoy of troops trying to push through an alien’s defenses. While what vehicles you choose and what order they are in makes a difference in how well you will face the enemy, the biggest advantage you have in the special abilities that you can cast to disrupt the enemy towers, or repair your battered troops. Judicious use of spells, and correct routing through levels are just some of the mechanic that make Anomaly such an “edge of your seat” game.
In Anomaly Korea things start mostly how we left it in the first game. There are a few new abilities which the game does a nice job of introducing you to, as well as some new towers to watch out for. One nice surprise is the added variety of mission types. Sometimes you are rescuing troops, while other times you have to stop the towers from destroying buildings. Each level is followed by a short bit of dialog that continues to story and sets up the next mission. You are also graded on how quickly and efficiently you finish the mission. After completing the campaign you have he option to complete extra challenge missions like in the first game. The graphics and sound have been improved slightly, while the voice acting has greatly improved. If this is your first time with Anomaly I would suggest you play this game through first and then if you are itching for more you can play the legacy game to see where the game came from.
While this game can’t quite by called a sequel as it just doesn’t offer much more than simple improvements over the previous game. The changes made make the game more entertaining and they are implemented in a seamless fashion. This is really Anomaly after being cooked for a bit longer. If you burned through the first game, then just be aware that you are basically getting more of what you already played. If you are new then this is the game to get.
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Who Is It For:Fans of tower defense games
What I Like:Exciting Gameplay, unique reverse tower defense
What I Don't Like:More of an expansion to the original
Final Statement:You thought the battle was over? It has only just begun.
"Anomaly Korea is, right out of the gate, one of the most impressive titles I've ever seen on iOS." - TUAW
"Anomaly Korea continues to impress with the same great gameplay and concepts as its predecessor..." — TouchArcade
"...if you loved Warzone Earth, you'll find much to rave about with this spirited follow-up." — Modojo
"The Anomaly series takes tower defence and turns it on its head." — Pocket Gamer
The sequel to the critically acclaimed ‘Anomaly Warzone Earth’.
The alien robots are back and this time they’ve got Korea in their sights. It’s your job to lead a squad into fierce fire-fights and fend off the alien invasion. Plan your routes carefully and use armoured units and attacking powers to turn the tide of war against a horde of new enemy threats.
This isn’t tower defense it’s tower offense!
Flipping the tower defense genre on its head, you play the invaders leading your unit into alien-infested districts. Plan carefully, use your money and powers wisely, and make it through unscathed.
A NEW WAY TO PLAY
Keep an eye on the action from a top-down perspective and use tactile touch controls to assemble your squad, plan your route using the new tactical map and simply execute player powers such as Boost, which speeds up your unit’s offense. Test your leadership abilities in the new ‘Art of War’ trials.
This thrilling portable strategy game comes to life in stunning detail on your device with stunning high-definition visuals and attention to detail. Anomaly Korea delivers an atmospheric soundtrack and full voice acting – this is console gameplay on a portable device.
• A sequel to the award-winning Anomaly Warzone Earth
• Think tactically across 12 new missions
• Deploy new player powers and units to take on new enemies
• Put your skills to the test in ‘Art of War’ mode
• Cutting-edge visuals and a stunning soundtrack with full voice acting
• UNIVERSAL: Works beautifully on iPhone, iPod touch, iPad mini and iPad
For more information or support, please visit www.anomalykorea.com
Article By Nathan Kline
Nathan has been an avid Apple user and advocate since the days of the Apple ][. He has always sought to find new ways to make use of technology to assist his daily life. As a paramedic in southern California Nathan brings his familiarity with technology to the field, and at whatsoniphone.com he brings his critical thinking to he analysis of apps and news. You has also written app reviews for the mobile app site Smokinapps.com.
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