Revenge of the Titans Game Review by Matt Bird
Game Rating = 5/5
You should buy Revenge of the Titans if:
– You like tower defense games
– You appreciate a challenge
– You can balance a budget
You should avoid buying Revenge of the Titans if:
– You fail at tower defense games
– You have trouble with real-time strategy titles in general
– You like to spend your money willy-nilly
Though not always the most ‘formal’ of downloadable games – indeed, they practically spawned out of custom maps on old multiplayer games – tower defense titles are nevertheless worth their weight in strategic gold. And Revenge of the Titans, to any tower defense fan’s delight, should live up to the test of greatness.
Revenge of the Titans is a semi-ludicrous, weird space game where aliens, known as Titans, have started to invade Earth. Why? Who knows – maybe you’ll find out – but they aren’t nice, either way. You, supreme commander, must lead the military forces of Earth in fending the creatures off. That’s all you need to get the action started, and given the wacky advisers you have for the war effort, it’s a more than ample plot to base a game upon.
As strongly hinted earlier, Revenge of the Titans is a tower defense game. You start on a bare map that likely has a base, some roads, a few crystals for mining more money and lots of open ground. Once you start building refineries for the minerals, squads of slow-moving Titans will mill towards your base from the edges of the map. You must strategically deploy blasters to mash the invaders before they can mash you.
What sets Revenge of the Titans apart from other tower defense games – the resource gathering aside – is the terrain. There is no cut-and-dry spot to position your blasters, nor can you build a big maze of towers for enemies to tromp through. You need to pick your spots quite accurately, or your towers will get mauled and wasted. You also need to be rather economic with your funds, as your money carries over from mission to mission. You’ll earn more if you perform well, promoting strong, smart play rather than mass deployments. You also only get a single technology upgrade between levels, so it pays to plan out your strategy when starting a new game.
Where Revenge of the Titans really wins is in the visuals. Though the game isn’t awe-inspiring or beautiful, it’s a great throwback to the days of 16- and 32-bit sprites. The graphics are clean and consistently attractive, presenting a cartoony aesthetic that looks a bit like Invader Zim. Toss in some fun sound effects and decent (though somewhat bland) background music and you have a winning package.
Revenge of the Titans won’t wow everyone, and may prove a bit too frustrating for those new to tower defense games. It’s nevertheless a paragon of its genre, however, and an awesome downloadable game overall. No complaints, only kudos.
PuppyGames created Revenge of the Titans.