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Genre: Shoot em up :: Players: 1 :: Released: 13/12/09

Dictator Defense (iPhone) Review

Developer: Digital Chocolate


Game Features


Great fun to play


A little too easy

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Review Details
Handset Apple iPhone 3G
Time Played 4 hours
Game Progress Completed all 40 levels

Costas Stephanides’s Review

Review Date: 13/12/09

A new path for tower defense?

Dictator Defense sells itself as a Tower Defense game with a difference. It's kinda like a hybrid between Command & Conquer and tower defense games in general. The game manages to pull it off but is overall a little easy. 

The game plays in portrait mode (although loads in landscape?!) and just uses touch controls. As with all tower defense games, you have a base to defend and this is located at the bottom of the screen (the enemy base is at the top). Initially you can only deploy machine gunners and money banks. Money banks cost $50 but return $30 every so often (easy tip for the later levels - line your back rows with these banks as quickly as possible). 

After following the quick tutorial, it's soon apparent that your defenders can only shoot in one direction - up. To succeed you will have to a horizontal line of armaments to catch all of the sneaky blighters. It's a little weird and (according to some paintball mates) harks back to Napoleonic warfare but this fixed line of sight approach definitely sets Dictator Defense from the competition.

In my eyes, it's not strictly tower defence but there's still plenty of defending to undertake. The game is split into 4 chapters with 10 levels and a boss battle in each. As always Digital Chocolate don't disappoint with the number of levels on offer. Predictably, the graphics are also very pleasing. There's not a huge amount of animation but the level of detail is
impressive. The parodies of Rambo, Bush et al are particularly amusing and reminds of Big Boss Bash (has anyone else played this; one of the best mobile games ever!)

The rigid boundaries set by the game create a rather formulaic response. Build as many banks as you can while gradually deploying machine gunners. Support the gunners with front line of flame thrower and away you go. Following this basic strategy should see you through most of the levels.  To mix things up a little, some of the levels don't have money banks and the cash is dropped in by parachute. These levels are trickier without the endless supply of money. As long as you spend it efficiently you should get through these too. In case of any trouble you can call on John Hero who will fly past and horizontally strafe the enemy. If you complete a level without the enemy reaching your wall, you get the chance to upgrade one of your weapons.

Overall Dictaor Defense is a decent enough game that's only really lacking in some online content/achievements and possibly a difficulty setting or two. Probably one for the staid tower defense fans who are looking for something that's not too far from their comfort zone.