Master of Defense has interested me since the day I first heard about it. It is a defend your base type game that is, apparently, not dissimilar to one of the scenario gametypes in Blizzards Warcraft 3.
The objective is to defend your city (hiding elusively off the bottom of the screen) from a series of monsters. To do this you have to build defensive towers along the road they travel. These towers can be upgraded from puny little turrets to immense powerful fortresses of death.
There are a variety of towers that have different strengths against different foes (land and air based) – with additional towers that are unlocked through the leveling up system. After each wave of enemies ends you get gold and points. The points can be spent on various things to improve your cities defenses or abilities.
The game has elements of real time strategy mixed with management games, and is very much about tactics. Getting a perfect score on each level is a massive challenge.
There are only 6 levels, each with it’s own unique environment, but each of these levels contain 25 waves of enemies, and they get VERY hard indeed – especially if you are going for the elusive perfect score.
To go with the 6 levels are 2 game modes. The first is a traditional style game – complete a level and move onto the next – but the second, Survival, is a points based game. The object of Survival is simply to survive. It starts easy enough but builds up quickly so that you have to constantly build and upgrade towers to fight off the hordes of enemies that threaten to overwhelm you.
One cool part of the game is the online hi-scores. Master of Defense is totally single player but you can take your highest scores and post them to an online hi-score board (all done in game) and then compare your scores with others and see where you lie in the world ranking. A nice little feature to add extra depth to the game.
The only downside to the game is the length. I found it fairly easy to beat (I am VERY good though… which probably helps 🙂 ) – but have also found myself going back to it to try and complete each level perfectly. It is also strangely addictive and while it lasts is hugely enjoyable – and that’s all I really care about!