In celebration of Epic Pixel’s first year anniversary, their Missile Defender game is available as today’s Amazon Appstore’s Free App of the Day.
For those dads that are old enough, this game is designed in the same vein as Missile Command from 1980. As parents should expect from an app with this title, there is some violence associated with it, so you may not want to make it available in Kid's Mode for your younger children. The object of the game is to defend a city from the incoming enemy bombardment of missiles and bombs, while trying to minimize damage with the least number of anti-missiles. When daylight arrives it’s time to access the damage, repair the city and upgrade your defences.
The graphics scale up very well on the Nabi Tablet and the game play is very interactive, developing reaction time to audio bomb warnings and hand-eye coordination with the use of the touch screen.
The initial Missile Defender screen provides the following menu and setting options: Play, Continue, Score, More, Sound and Haptic.
The Play option allows the player to begin a new campaign with a clear explanation of the weapons, how to score and what’s being defended. Early levels only take 30-40 seconds to complete, so the action is intense. Once the night time invasion has finished, repairs can be made to damaged buildings with the points earned. Depending on number of buildings intact and repair points left over, the player can upgrade various weapon systems before the next invasion. Each level gets increasingly more difficult with the number, speed and direction of incoming weapons. The pause button or Nabi’s return soft key are the only methods of bring up the menu and settings bar, available only during a night campaign.
|Start Screen on Night 1|
|We're Under Fire!|
The Continue option allows a player to start the game where they last left off.
The Score option provides a list of scores and the related levels achieved.
The More option brings up a list of Epic Pixel’s other games: Grow and Rapid Toss. Clicking on these will take the player to an App Store for purchase and download. Links to Epic Pixel’s Facebook and Twitter sites are also included.
By default the Sound and Hapticsettings are set to on. The player just needs to touch the word to toggle the setting off or on.
This is a very simple but entertaining game with supposedly limitless levels. A definite pick for anyone who likes nostalgic video games. **** FOUR STARS