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Army of Darkness Defense is an old game in the world of mobile gaming. It was released in May 2011 and hasn’t been updated since January 2013. It is a tower defense type game that uses the simplified linear structure made popular by games like Plants vs Zombies.
I only picked it up this week, having grown tired of too much Sentinel 3 on the iPad as my thing-to-do-whilst-waiting-for-the-kettle-to-boil. It was a great discovery that yielded a good few hours of engaging play time. I breezed through the first 30 levels, the next five levels were challenging and fun and when I hit level 35 I spent some time replaying the same level for the next five levels to afford enough upgrades to progress.
“In this tug-of-war, casual defense game based on the MGM classic movie, you play Ash, the time-traveling, evil-fighting, S-Mart sales clerk as you defend Lord Arthur’s castle and the Necronomicon from the oncoming hordes of evil undead.” Backflip Studios
It is free to download with an in-game store to buy additional game currency. I never did and felt no real desire to do so. The last 5 levels in particular would go smoother by spending real money, but part of the joy of a tower defense game for me is replaying a challenging level and getting better slowly as I hone my tactics and improve my defense incrementally until finally I complete the level.
It is a well designed game with large text, high contrast, nothing particularly flashy or bright and it does not make use of colour as the only indicator. Some of the text is on the small side, but there is usually another way of finding the same information.
I have played AoDD largely with no sound and it is completely accessible with no reliance on audio cues alone.
The game is played on a touch screen by tapping on various buttons and controls. It can be played with one hand and there are no complicated gestures. If you can use a touch screen by tapping on specific parts of the screen, it will be easy to play.
It is not a particularly complicated game. Enemies advance in a linear path and it is up to you to stop them. A basic understanding of mathematics is needed as in-game currency is earned in combat and spent on upgrades. There isn’t a great deal of language used and even where single word text is used, there is almost always an icon or special effect combined with it. Upgrades are unlocked gradually and explained as they become available, creating an easy to assimilate learning curve for new abilities, allies and skills.
Army of Darkness Defense is a simplistic tug-of-war tower defense game that offers quite a few hours of game play. It is a relatively old game and crashes regularly perhaps due to not being updated since before Kitkat, but it is a great way to pass the time if you enjoy the genre or are a fan of the movie, it is certainly worth playing.