TouchMyApps » geoDefense http://www.touchmyapps.com All Things iPhone and iPad for those who like to Touch. iOS App reviews, News, New Apps, Price Drops and App Gone Free Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:51:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.4 Freebie Alert: geoDefense Swarm now free for a day http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/25/freebie-alert-geodefense-swarm-now-free-for-a-day/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2011/08/25/freebie-alert-geodefense-swarm-now-free-for-a-day/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2011 22:03:14 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=56793 geoDefense Swarm (TMA Review), the follow up to the critically acclaimed TD game geoDefense (TMA Review) — one which I still consider a favourite of mine in the genre — has dropped in price to free for a limited time. Packed with challenging levels and eye candy visuals, Swarm will certainly keep you glued to your iDevice for … Read more]]>

geoDefense Swarm (TMA Review), the follow up to the critically acclaimed TD game geoDefense (TMA Review) — one which I still consider a favourite of mine in the genre — has dropped in price to free for a limited time. Packed with challenging levels and eye candy visuals, Swarm will certainly keep you glued to your iDevice for quite sometime. Here’s a blurb from our review:

In short, geoDefense Swarm is a treat. It combines the best of the classic tried and tested geoDefense goodness and the deep strategy of Open Field TD games. The stylish graphics are like visual candy and the performance is excellent, even on a 2G/3G iPhone. I would definitely say that the sequel of geoDefense has not shamed it’s original one bit and is a must have for any fan of the genre.

If you remotely enjoy tower defense games and have yet to play geoDefense Swarm, do yourself a favour and grab it while it’s free.

geoDefense Swarm Critical Thought Games, geoDefense Swarm (TMA Review) – Free


App Description

The legendary Thinking Man’s Defense Game!

Introducing geoDefense Swarm, the sequel to the critically acclaimed geoDefense.

TIME Magazine: Best 50 iPhone Apps 2011!!!!
TIME Magazine: Best of Everything 2009 Award Winner!!!!!!

geoDefense Swarm takes all the dizzying visuals, vexing challenges and addictive gameplay from the original, and changes the equation – instead of defeating creeps along a pre-defined path, geoDefense Swarm challenges you to use your creativity, building mazes for the creeps to navigate across obstacle-laden open levels.

NEW FEATURES

- Classic ‘Open Field’ Defense Gameplay
- 30 Levels, Each With its Own Unique Challenges
- One ‘Endless’ Level in Each Difficulty Group – the Creeps Keep Comin’!
- geoDefense Swarm is OpenFeint Enabled – Featuring Online Leaderboards
- New Tower, new Creep, new Challenges!

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geoDefense Swarm in Review – Kicking it neon style! http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/08/geodefense-swarm-in-review-%e2%80%93-kicking-it-neon-style/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/10/08/geodefense-swarm-in-review-%e2%80%93-kicking-it-neon-style/#comments Thu, 08 Oct 2009 15:58:19 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=21260 One of the early hits at the App Store was geoDefense, a fixed-path TD game with Geometry Wars-like graphics style. It won many awards at the time and was highly acclaimed by leading iPhone blogs. Sad to say, I somehow missed that game. But Critical Thought Games, LLC. have given me a second chance with … Read more]]>

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One of the early hits at the App Store was geoDefense, a fixed-path TD game with Geometry Wars-like graphics style. It won many awards at the time and was highly acclaimed by leading iPhone blogs. Sad to say, I somehow missed that game. But Critical Thought Games, LLC. have given me a second chance with the second instalment in the geoDefense franchise, Swarm, an Open Field design allows the poor sods who missed the first game to still enjoy the legendary geoDefense.

Ladies and gents, geoDefense Swarm is b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l. Its exceptional, refreshing style couples with no lag for a remarkable game. The explosions are amazing, but no matter how great it is to decimate the creeps, there is no zoom function to get up close and personal with the destruction. Too bad, but not a game-stopping loss.

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geoDefense Swarm is Open Field, meaning that creeps enter through a specific point and must never reach the exit point. Their progression is hindered by various obstacles, while your attempts to annihilate them are thwarted by various floor tiles which harbour such powers as such as speed-up, heal, and anti-building. I should also note that tiles are hexagonal, which adds some twist to the overall building strategy. Building mazes to trap your enemies is really what any Open Field TD game is all about and doing it on the hexagonal field presents some challenges. I would recommend studying creep movement patterns since I found out it’s often not necessary to spend valuable resources on blocking all possible routes, especially when a well-placed, upgraded laser tower can do the job much more efficiently.

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Like strategy and decimating large numbers of enemies? geoDefense Swarm has an arsenal of strategic weapons types for you to make use of: Canon, Laser, Missile, Thumper and a Static towers, as well as Vortex tower boosters. Considering that each tower has 7 upgrade levels, that is more than enough to keep any TD fan satisfied. I would also note that the 7th level upgrades often make all the difference since upgrading always presents a qualitative leap compared to the previous level. You will have to get used to linking certain towers (like the Vortex Tower) to boost their effectiveness and an interesting thing I found is that the cost of towers varies on some levels, forcing you to adjust your strategy accordingly.

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This TD features 30 levels which are split into 3 difficulties tiers, the last one in each tier being endless. geoDefense Swarm really is a “Thinking Man’s Tower Defence” since even at Easy difficulty levels, I have had to spend hours finish some. The strange thing is that unlike many games where such difficulty only causes frustration, geoDefense Swarm draws you like a magnet to try and try again. This is due the depth of the game strategy strategy which may not be apparent at first glance. At the same time, the game is amazingly simple to pick up and play, and the first couple of levels on easy difficulty do a great job acquainting you with the basics of game mechanics. Oh yes, and Open Feint connectivity is always a plus – where else would you brag about your latest high score?

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In short, geoDefense Swarm is a treat. It combines the best of the classic tried and tested geoDefense goodness and the deep strategy of Open Field TD games. The stylish graphics are like visual candy and the performance is excellent, even on a 2G/3G iPhone. I would definitely say that the sequel of geoDefense has not shamed it’s original one bit and is a must have for any fan of the genre.

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App Summary
Title: geoDefense Swarm (v1.1) Developer: Critical Thought Games LLC
Price: $1.99 App Size: 7.7 MB
  • Stylish visuals
  • Deep strategic gameplay
  • Wide assortment of towers and creeps
  • No zoom feature
  • Difficulty may be a turn down for some

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geoDefense in Review – Tower Defense gets an Old Facelift http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/23/geodefense-in-review-tower-defense-gets-an-old-facelift/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/23/geodefense-in-review-tower-defense-gets-an-old-facelift/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2009 13:29:10 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=5511 It seems like vector-esque graphics are the new vogue. With the rise in popularity of games such as Vector Tanks and Blue Attack!, it was only a matter of time before developers brought this visual style to the arena of Tower Defense (aka) TD games. This seems a no brainer given the fact that one … Read more]]>

geodefense1It seems like vector-esque graphics are the new vogue. With the rise in popularity of games such as Vector Tanks and Blue Attack!, it was only a matter of time before developers brought this visual style to the arena of Tower Defense (aka) TD games. This seems a no brainer given the fact that one of the better Flash TD games out there is Vector TD, a TD game that is done in vector graphics. Yet, despite the fact that the TD genre has a growing number of entries and that vector graphics may one day be passe, geoDefense does make a strong case in justifying its presence in your iDevice and within the TD genre in general.

geodefense2geoDefense plays like most other TD gams. You select your machine gun, laser, lightning, missile, or vortex towers (which use the explosive force of destroyed creeps to create a chain reaction of explosions) and strategically destroy the creeps that come in waves. Each tower and creep is represented in vector graphics. This has a two fold effect of making each sprite stand out in stark contrast with the black background but also makes them clear enough to differentiate between each other. This helps geoDefense be one of the better TD games in terms of both aesthetics and functionality.

The five towers mentioned can be upgraded up to seven times. After a few upgrades, the basic nature of the gun changes. This usually happens with an addition of a gun barrel to your tower or an increase in speed. The creeps vary as well from more defense driven but slower units or the fast stars that are slightly weaker.

geodefense3The game is broken up into three sections, ranging from easy to hard. Each difficulty level has 10 different maps that are unique in the way they predetermine the path the creeps move along.

While all this my sound typical of normal TD games, geoDefense has one thing in its favor that other TD games do not. It demands both intense thought and perfect execution. In short, it is an extremely difficult game.

geodefense4As it states on the Critical Thought Games webpage:

“geoDefense is a Thinking Man’s Action Tower Defense… You have to develop a strategy and, at the same time, execute in real-time when things are moving fast. Think of it like Chess.  There is your opening moves… The middle game is where you do your busy work of getting built-up for the final push at the end.  The end game is where it gets completely crazy!  If you didn’t have a strategy up until this point, no amount of fast fingers will save you.”

It is a truly difficult game. Yet, this is where the fun and frustration come in. There are ways to beat each level, but you’re going have to pay dearly to do so. You cannot waste any money as each new tower and each upgrade is crucial to your survival.

geodefense8While this may not appeal to everyone, it does create a specific level of replayability as you will want to at least beat each level and then seek to score better than before. The level selector also keeps track of its current highscore. Even though I have yet to beat even a fraction of the levels, I do find myself coming back to the game, seeking for new strategies. While this is all good and fun, I do wish there was an endless mode.

So, if you do want a fresh and challenging re-interpretation of the TD paradigm, I highly recommend geoDefense. At it’s current $0.99 price, it’s a can’t miss, but be warned. You are in for a challenging experience that will keep you coming back for more.

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App Summary
Title: geoDefense (v1.0) Developer: Critical Thought Games
Price: $0.99 App Size: 2.6 mb
  • Vector Graphics
  • Challenging Gameplay
  • VORTEX Tower
  • May Be Too Challenging for
  • Beginners
  • No Endless Mode

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geoDefense blasts into App Store, $0.99 http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/21/geodefense-blasts-into-app-store-099/ http://www.touchmyapps.com/2009/02/21/geodefense-blasts-into-app-store-099/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2009 20:16:48 +0000 http://www.touchmyapps.com/?p=5457 Update: Our review of geoDefense can be found here Critical Thought Games has just released geoDefense, a new and exciting tower defense game for your iPhone/iPod Touch. Inspired by the critically acclaimed Geometry Wars, geoDefense offers high energy gameplay and great visuals. Something exciting and new in the Tower Defense genre! The geometric vector creeps … Read more]]>
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Update: Our review of geoDefense can be found here

Critical Thought Games has just released geoDefense, a new and exciting tower defense game for your iPhone/iPod Touch. Inspired by the critically acclaimed Geometry Wars, geoDefense offers high energy gameplay and great visuals.

Something exciting and new in the Tower Defense genre! The geometric vector creeps are fast and intense. With 30 different maps, each its own puzzle, you’ll have to work fast to keep up. Using exciting vectorized graphics, this highly kinetic games brings a whole new dimension to the tower defense. Devastate creeps with blasters, lasers and missiles and watch their energy debris swirl through the gravity wells of your vortex towers. Now it’s time to figure out how to put that absorbed energy to good use.

My first impressions of geoDefense is how challenging and fun the game is. Enemies move fast, so if you want to avoid a quick death, you really have to plan your tower placements and upgrade them accordingly. Unlike many other tower games, geoDefense allows you to play each of the 30 levels whenever you want, without the need to unlock them. I highly recommend you grab a copy while the price is still $0.99. Keep an eye out as we’ll be reviewing geoDefense in the coming week. [geoDefense, $0.99]

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