Magic Defenders HD Review
In Magic Defenders HD, you’ll be playing in a “Plants vs Zombies” type game. As the name implies you can choose a wizard/hero of your choice and use him and his powers to defend your town from the Orc invasion.
First thing I noticed while starting the game is that the Orcs look pretty similar to some goblins in another game, Battle Heart, not sure wether they copied the character or it was just plain chance. That’s a small detail though and the game itself is nothing like Battle Heart.
Just like any other game of this type, you’ll be defending your town from the Orcs in 3 scenarios, first one is in the forest and is quite easy, the second is on your town wall and the 3rd one is inside the town itself. The start is quite easy with only one route for enemies to pour in through.
At the start of the each level you get a basic power such as arcane magic or electricity, once you kill enough of those orcs with it, you can buy upto 3 new powers and upgrade them. Killing enemies give you XP to buy these powers and killing multiple enemies will generate XP faster. Each character has its own set of skills which is nice to see. The basic character for example can start a blazing fire within a certain radius, “infect” a piece of land to damage multiple enemies or order pointed icicles that drop from the storm ridden sky. The powers and your overall damage can be upgraded as you play along.
The thing that I personally love about the game is firstly the graphics and art style. The graphics aren’t the best we have seen but they have a unique feel to them, the animations and power effects (described above) look cool too though its quite obvious there is room for a lot more improvement. There are games out there with nicer graphics after all.
On the gameplay side, I have mixed feelings. The powers system is well executed, using multiple powers at one time has mixed effects, for example if you use a fire storm and then use the ice storm power, they will reduce their overall damage (common sense really). That’s a clever addition and adds a lot of strategy to the game but on the downside you only have 3 powers to play with. If you had twice that or even more, it would make for some seriously cool gameplay. Then we have the levels. Again, they are well thought out (the last two atleast) but once you’re done, you’ll keep wanting for more. 3 levels as I’m sure everyone will agree, is too less for any game. On the bright side, the last level is endless so you can hone your skills, but I am hoping the developers do something about the amount of (or lack of) content in the game.
Overall, I have mixed feelings about it, its not a game that will impress you like some of the other games, its not as dreary as some other games on the Android market. Its “good” to be very fair. And the price is pretty reasonable at $1.36. Try it out for free here first, and as always feel free to share your opinions about Magic Defenders HD.