Tower Defense Evo in Review – If Fieldrunners was dead, he’d turn over in his grave

Fieldrunners was of the pioneers of Tower Defence games on the iPhone in general and the first open-field TD game in particular. It’s no wonder it spurred a number of clones. The more confusing thing is seeing such clones appear more than a year after the original was released. And with a defunct feature set nonetheless! And having said this let’s dive into Tower Defense Evo – maybe it DOES have at least something to say for itself? Feel free to discuss this review of Tower Defense Evo in our forums.

Tower Defense Evo is a classic open-field TD game. You probably can’t even get more classic than this. The enemies come from pre-set entry points and head towards your base. You build and upgrade towers to destroy them before they do make it in. Money is gained for eliminating enemies – same old, same old.

Tower Defense Evo seems to have a variety of towers to choose from: machine gun, slow, rocket, flamethrower, electrical and microwave. Unfortunately they are poorly balanced and with a strange definition of upgrade cost with each level costing roughly the same as a standalone tower of the same type. The effects don’t offer any revelations though, with even the more powerful towers seemingly having roughly the same amount of stopping power as the lower versions. This makes for some dull gameplay.

The enemies come in the standard varieties of quick and weak, slow and tough and the middle-managers punctuated by the flying varieties of all. But since all of the towers seem to be able to hit both ground and aerial targets the difference appears only in the path they take to get to the base.

But what about the gameplay value you ask? Well, Tower Defense Evo has 3 maps with some preset ground obstacles on the later ones. And yes, all of them are unlocked from the start. The levels can be played at easy, hard and endless modes, though due to the poor balancing of the game I was unable to reach the end of even the easy mode on the first map. And as of now no way to get extra maps is available.

The graphics strive to being more of the realistic type and I must admit they look rather sharp. At the same time they use roughly the same colours and result in being bleak and dull. There is nothing positive to be said about the music and sound effects either.

If Tower Defense Evo was released a year and a half ago, it would probably have gotten a significant amount of praise being the solid classic that it is. Unfortunately the industry has moved on since then and in the AppStore, already overcrowded with TD games there simply is no place for a poorly balanced no thrills title. Color Stone Ltd, you’re just too late.

With this I declare Tower Defense Evo officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Tower Defense EvoDeveloper: Color Stone Ltd
Reviewed Ver:1.3Min OS Req:3.0
Price:$0.99App Size:20.1 MB
  • Sharp and detailed graphics
  • Poor balance
  • Standard towers
  • only 3 maps
  • dull gameplay
  • bleak colour palette


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  • Toto

    Hmmm I don’t really agree, I bought this game and it’s one of the best Tower Defense I bought (and I bought a lot of em).

    This said there are new update all the time and the developers seems to be pretty reactive to their growing community.

    cya ^^

  • Toto, it’s difficult for me to argue since I don’t know which games you’ve tried. From my experience (and frankly I have played almost all of the TD games on the store) TD Evo came across as completely secondary with nothing innovative and poor balance. There are a lot of titles out there that cost the same and are a lot more interesting to play. If you wish to discuss further I invite you to our forums.

  • Thunderclaw

    I agree, I’ve played quite a lot of TD games and this seems below par.

    It doesn’t have that cartoon-y feel, like The Creeps or Fieldrunners or League of Legends.

    It doesn’t have the old, hellish feel and many modes of Tap Defence.

    It doesn’t have an innovative concept like Dictator Defense or Plants vs. Zombies.

    It’s not in an interesting environment, like 7 Cities or GeoDefence.

    It’s one of those apps that could do so much more, but falls back because of a lack of innovation.

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