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Anomaly Warzone Earth HD

 

 

SCORE: 70

 

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD 

 

Anomaly Warzone Earth HD is the iPad version, and Anomaly Warzone Earth is the iPhone/iPod Touch. The main difference is the clarity of the graphics. That and the screen size. The iPad is larger. We played the iPad version here at Family Friendly Gaming. I did not really understand the comments from the PR folks that this was a tower offense game. Until I started to play Anomaly Warzone Earth HD.

Imagine for a moment if you will a tower defense game. You place your defenses on the screen and stop things from going from point A to point B. We are all very familiar with this concept. Anomaly Warzone Earth HD lets you play a group of vehicles that walks along a path that is defended. So in essence you play the other side. The main difference if you do not have tons of vehicles to throw at the defenses. What you do have is different items that assist your team in survival. An example would be a smoke screen making it harder to hit your vehicles.

The graphics in Anomaly Warzone Earth HD are stunning. I am still amazed at how great this game looks. It defies anything I can put down in words in this review. It has to be seen to be believed. With that comes a little price. The main core of Anomaly Warzone Earth HD is violence. These futuristic machines shoot one another and when their life gauge is gone - they explode. The backgrounds in Anomaly Warzone Earth HD are also war torn looking environments.

The sounds in Anomaly Warzone Earth HD have a military feel to them. In fact they gave me a few flashbacks from my years in the Air Force. The special effect sounds fit the explosive theme of this hand held video game. If violent content is not your thing then you will mute the sound of avoid this game altogether.

The prices range depending on which version you download. The iPhone/iPod Touch version is currently selling for $1.99, and the iPad version sells for $3.99. I personally prefer this game on the iPad, but then I can sit here and play either. The iPad version is not as great for on the go though. Chillingo is definitely thinking outside the box with Anomaly Warzone Earth HD.

The key component to Anomaly Warzone Earth HD is the health items. They had to include them in this game, or it would have been unplayable. I am thankful that they included the health items. The concept behind this game is very refreshing. I enjoy tower defense games even if many of them are too difficult for me. Anomaly Warzone Earth HD has a great learning curve. This game will also keep your on your toes.

I am very thankful that we were provided a download code for this app. I am not into violent games. In fact if you have read my reviews for some years now - you will know that. Anomaly Warzone Earth HD is an interesting paradox for me. I actually enjoyed playing this game. I did not pay so much attention to the vehicles shooting one another. Instead I focused on finding health items and keeping my team alive. Now generally I had to destroy the defenses to earn additional health items and power ups.

I enjoyed the choices in Anomaly Warzone Earth HD. I could save up for another vehicle or upgrade what I currently had. I decided the path to take with my team. I got to collect certain materials in specific levels. I tip my hat to Chillingo for coming up with a fresh take on the genre. Or maybe they have created a brand new genre. What say you?
- Paul

 

Graphics: 65%
Sound: 70%
Replay/Extras: 73%
Gameplay: 76%
Family Friendly Factor: 64%
System: iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Chillingo
ESRB Rating: '9+' - 9+
{Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence, Infrequent/Mild Realistic Violence}

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