|AI:||Casual, Advanced and Hardcore.|
|Universal App:||Yes (there is a single app which works on both iPhone and iPad in HD)|
|Purchase for iPhone:||Use link below to purchase universal app|
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GD Star RatingAnomaly Warzone Earth,
There’s something deeply satisfying in blowing aliens up. Especially when those aliens have invaded your home planet and are hell-bent on humanity’s annihilation. To quote The Prodigy: Invaders Must Die. And die they will, in their droves if you play Anomaly Warzone Earth.
The concept behind this game intrigued me; the developer 11bit Studios took the tower defence genre and turned it on its head. Instead of playing as the defender, strategically placing your towers to try and prevent the invaders from entering your inner sanctum, now you can play as the invader – well, sort of. Your team traverses through the lion’s den of alien towers, systematically wiping them out. Of course, they won’t go down without a fight.
The story goes like this: in the year 2018 aliens with superior tech come crashing to earth like a comet. Landing in Baghdad, they set up their armed units (i.e. “towers”) in positions of strategic importance. Their intention is quite clearly unequivocal destruction of the human race. Cue the plucky 14th division who were already conveniently stationed in Baghdad, and whose job it is to blow said alien scum to hell and send their overlords back to where they came from. Your job as Commander is to make the decisions of what units to buy, which path your units should take, and which abilities to use.
The whole game is divided into individual missions, progressing the story in chapter-like segments. Each mission has different objectives, which subtly guide you how to best utilise your arsenal in order to win. You will often switch between real-time mode and strategy mode, allowing you to plan ahead.
Despite the variety and ever-increasing deathly power of the alien towers, there are a multitude of strategies you can employ to win the war. Of course these depend on the tools at your disposal, and they are generous and effective. Armed units and bonus weapons make the gameplay varied and often frantic.
Anomaly Warzone Earth is visually appealing; the graphics are crisp and buttery smooth. The sound effects are believable and whilst the voiceover won’t be to everyone’s taste – a gruff English Commander – I felt it brought a real military feel to the game. I believed in the cause. The usual Game Center award system is implemented, although it feels like an unnecessary add-on due to the lack of online multiplayer.
Whilst the main campaign provides only a couple of hours playthrough, there are three difficulty levels for each mission (casual, normal and hardcore), the choice to take the most efficient or ruthless route and three awards for both route choices (bronze, silver and gold). These features, coupled with additional unlockable commander time trials and squad assault missions (unlocked as you progress through the campaign) considerably extends the lifespan and replayability of Anomaly. The fact that no IAPs or hours of grinding are needed to gain these unlockables makes Anomaly Warzone Earth a joy to play again and again.
9/10: Anomaly Warzone Earth, like so many games on the iPad, blur the lines between board game and real-time strategy game. An immersive experience, thoughtful implementation and high level of replayability puts the somewhat underrated Anomaly Warzone Earth up there with the big titles. The only feature missing is online multiplayer, but as the single player campaign is so impressive, this is only a minor quibble.