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Defense Technica

For: iPad   Also on: Android, iPhone

Technically good

Product: Defense Technica | Publisher: Com2uS | Format: iPad | Genre: Tower defence | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
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The developers of tower defence games often like to claim that their newest creation is going to revolutionise the genre. Usually, that claim falls flat after a few minutes of play, but Defense Technica at least makes a good fist of it.

It might not quite live up to the bold claims of its creators but there's an interesting game here nonetheless. It's more tactical than your average tower defence game, but an awful lot tougher as well.

Where other games would hold your hand, Defense Technica grabs you by the lapels and pushes you backwards into a hail of gunfire.

Defenders of the core

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You can use crystals to buy cards. These add boosts and buffs to your towers, but they come at random. You earn crystals from play but you can buy them too.

They come in bundles ranging from 69p / 99c for 500 all the way up to £34.99 / $49.99 for 37,500. 

The prices are fair enough and there are times in the game when a few crystals could definitely come in handy.
The game follows a pretty standard tower defence set-up. You've got a core to defend from waves of attackers, and a bunch of towers to try and stop them from doing it. The towers can only be placed in set places along your enemy's path.

There's a variety of different types of tower at your disposal and you unlock more as you play. Some act as blockers, changing the route your enemy will take to your core. Others are more offensively minded, firing out bullets, lasers, or gouts of plasma.

Interestingly, the playing space is pretty open, and where you position your towers can dramatically alter the route the bad guys take to get to your base. You can pay to get some crystals (one of the game's currencies) to find out what the optimal defensive route is, and then place your towers accordingly.

It's easy to get overwhelmed if you make a slight mistake, and fans of more casual tower defence titles will probably find the more expansive positioning options a little daunting to begin with. You can also buy cards that give buffs and boosts to your towers.

Towers of fun

Defense Technica is a pretty complex game, then, and there's a decent chunk of content here too, with replay value added by tougher difficulty settings that you unlock when you finish each level. Sometimes the difficulty does feel a little skewed, though, and some of the additions don't add much other than layers of obfuscation.

Still, this is a rewarding and often engaging tower defence title. There's no real revolution in what it does, but as a shuffle in a new direction there's an awful lot here to like.
Defense Technica
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Harry Slater | 12 June 2013
Tough but ultimately rewarding, Defense Technica is a surprisingly deep but often cruel tower defence title
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