Beat the Beast
A refreshing spin
by Damien McFerran 22/1/2013
Product: Beat the Beast
Publisher: Chundos Studio
Format: Android, iPhone, iPad
Genre: Action, Arcade, Tower defence
The tower defence genre is so ubiquitous on the App Store these days that it behoves developers to search for a differentiating twist.
In the case of Beat the Beast the twist is literal: instead of playing on a flat 2D plane you're defending a circular fortress, around which a pathway has been constructed.
The game is presented in 3D, and you can rotate your view around your castle by sliding your finger left or right. It's even possible to zoom-in using a pinch command in order to get a closer look at the carnage.
The twist is only skin-deep, however. Visual tricks aside, Beat the Beast is pretty standard tower defence stuff. You create various towers to keep the hordes at bay, and you're also able to upgrade them periodically as the cash rolls in from successful slayings.
Tower defence gets a unique visual spin in Beat the Beast, though the game has niggling issues which prevent it from attaining true greatness
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