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The Rugger Boys

 

 

SCORE: 80

 

The Rugger Boys 

 

When I agreed to take the download code for The Rugger Boys, and do a review I thought I was playing a Rugby game. In a way I am, and in a way I am not. The Rugger Boys is a tower defense game played on a Rugby field. You purchase players who try to run to the other side of the field. Make it all the way and you score a goal. Seven goals wins a match. Money can also be spent on upgrades where you get more money faster, or be able to have more players on the field. Simple right? Not always.

The Rugger Boys is a breath of fresh air, and a completely different way of doing tower defense games. This works great on the iPhone/iPod Touch, and iPad. The graphics are a little small in my opinion, but so is the screen. Teams have different colors, and the grass is always green on the field. I was going to come up some clever reference to the grass is always greener on the other side, and decided to pass. Certain players throw balls at others, and other players will just run into one another and fall down.

The special effect sounds in The Rugger Boys have a very sporty feel. I expected music on the menu screens, but it was not present. In long Mexican Stand Off battles the sounds can get annoying. In fact were a few levels in The Rugger Boys where I turned the sounds off. They can assist with the game play at times, but I followed along visually.

The price of The Rugger Boys is currently $1.99. This is an okay price for the level of content. There are other tower defense games out that are half the price and have around the same level of content. There are a couple of different modes to play in The Rugger Boys. The season mode contains fifty-two matches, and the world cup contains seven international matches. Expect the international matches to seriously challenge your skills.

The game play is where The Rugger Boys really shines. The simple way to win is to level up that Refreshment Bar, and the Clubhouse. That is if the other team will give you the time to do so. Otherwise you could lose the match. There are things like red cards and yellow cards that can also help - but you only have a few of those so be careful. Some levels are fun, and others can be frustrating. I had to adapt my approach to win, or I kept losing over and over again.

The largest lesson I learned from The Rugger Boys is how to utilize different strategies to win in a match. I like the concept of mixing sports with tower defense. This game does not feel violent the way the other tower defense games feel. Players bump heads and fall down. Or they get hit with enough balls that they fall down. I can understand if this level of violent content bothers you, and am happy to assist with your decision on The Rugger Boys.
- Frank

 

Graphics: 79%
Sound: 75%
Replay/Extras: 80%
Gameplay: 87%
Family Friendly Factor: 79%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad
Publisher: Anuman
ESRB Rating: '4+' - 4+

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