I was recently given an ad-hoc of this fantastic little platformer about a week ago. Initially I was skeptical, I’m not a huge fan of platform adventure games. They tend to become tedious and boring to me, but I took a chance on this game based on the gameplay video. It isn’t that the gameplay was that incredible but that the game was visually breathtaking. It wasn’t too long after installing Blimp that I found myself sucked into this magnificent world the developers created. I was so enthralled by it all that I soon found myself looking dumbly at the blank screen of my battery-dead iDevice.
This weekend I was given the opportunity to get my greedy little hands on Defender Chronicles by Gimka Entertainment, an app I’ve been looking forward to since I had my first glance at the gameplay video. In fact, when Louis emailed me asking if I’d like to write this piece for TMA I was excited, so much so that after out short discussion I would check to see if the developers had emailed me every hour or so and when I finally got it, I couldn’t load it onto my iDevice fast enough!
If I had two sum Eliss up in two words, I’d have to call it “Frustratingly Fun”. After the initial “sector” (or stage), the level of frustration raises exponentially, but Steph Thirion (developer of the game) has thrown in just enough easily conquered sectors in between to keep you from chucking your iDevice against the wall and screaming “I’ll squeesar you!”
But don’t let me get you believing this game is personification of frustration, because it really is a blast to play!
I had originally grabbed Flight Control on a whim, something about the simplistic art style and the 99 cent price tag flipped my impulse switch. Before I even recognized what I was doing, the game installed on my iPod. Going in I had no expectations for the game, hell I barely even knew what it was about! After the initial loading screen you’re confronted with this simple question “Welcome Aboard! Would you like game sounds?” Without considering the ramifications of my actions I clicked the red “YES” button. The slightly upbeat elevator music transported me to a 1950’s airport terminal. I had become an Air Traffic Controller, not just any air traffic controller… I was the BEST.