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iPhone: SweetWater Defense ($0.99 sale)

05-29-2009, 04:51 AM
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SweetWater Defense ($0.99 sale)

You guessed it, another TD game!

Appstore Link : SweetWater Defense, 3.99

Appshopper Link

Developer Website

Sweetwater Defense brings the tower defense genre to a whole new level: Deep tactical gameplay, stunning 3D-graphics, unique time-control features, an original soundtrack and over 25 maps will bring your phone to its limits and keep you entertained for weeks and weeks.

Pirate fleets and monstrous sea creatures are threatening your coast and only you can save it. Build a mighty defense of towers, each with unique strengths and abilities to protect your lands. Balance their powers to prevail against various threats from above and below the surface of the sea.
Sweetwater Defense features time control to fluently fast-forward or slow down the game's speed in any situation. The unique Rewind mechanism allows you to jump to previous states of a map to try again, adding a puzzle-like quality to the gameplay.

- Stunning 3D-graphics:
- Huge animated bosses
- Particle effects
- Six different tilesets

- More than 25 levels:
- 6 easy levels to get into the game
- 11 medium levels to practice your skills
- 10 hard levels to show what you're made of

- 7 tower types with special abilities
- 11 different enemies

- Unique Time-slider and Rewind features
- Soundtrack with six original tracks

Youtube Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuYJg8F-LCE

The graphics remind me of Tower Madness. Anyone want to TOFTT?

Big Albie's Review:

Review: SweetWater Defense a solid game in a crowded TD space


Anyone who has been in the iTunes store knows of the overabundance of tower defense games each with their own unique styles and gameplay, requiring practical and not so practical strategies. It’s becoming more difficult for devs to rise above the others, let alone consumers to make an informed buying decision. The latest entrant is SweetWater Defense which combines traditional TD gameplay with 3D graphics and animation.

Right off the bat, the one thing that catches my eye is the total number of maps—25. I’ve played all the other TD games, and lately, the initial releases have been fortunate to include even 4 maps. The maps are categorized by easy, medium, and hard regions on a map—6 maps for easy, 11 for medium and 10 for hard. From that perspective, SweetWater easily beats other TD games. The maps are all self-contained meaning any money earned in one map cannot be used in another. Also, all the maps are unlocked, and I think it would have made more sense to lock most of them to provide an additional objective to beating previous maps.

SweetWater Defense has a distinctly Far East theme when it comes to the music and the overall presentation. Visually, the 3D graphics are more than adequate if not better than I would have expected. Zooming and in and panning, the details are well done. I hope the devs consider using different backgrounds in the future because this would easily add to the variety and even brighten things up. But all in all, the graphics should be appeal to everyone.

You have a variety of towers to work with, each with its own set of strengths and each upgradeable 4 times:
Ballista Tower
Cannon Tower

Enemy ships are as varied as the towers you have to work with and each gets progressively more difficult to sink:
Ship of the Line

And on top of that, a seafood bonanza awaits if you can defeat the bosses:
Giant Crab
Sea Serpent

Don’t worry about remembering all this because a guide can be accessed from the opening page and during the game. Regardless of what you think of TD games,

SweetWater Defense has a diverse range of enemy ships and bosses. Depending on how well you do for each map, a gold, silver and bronze medal are awarded based on the number of lives remaining after completing the attack waves. Also, a nice feature is the Time slider and rewind feature which allows you to speed up the game or rewind without penalty without having to start over. The function comes in handy for the more difficult levels, but whether or not the rewind is a plus or minus will vary based on individual tastes.

Right before an attack wave starts, a drop down tab appears showing the next wave and a countdown timer until the next attack. A Start button is included to bypass the timer and begin immediately, but honestly I find myself tweaking the towers as much as I can. At bottom of the screen are the various towers which light up when enough gold is available to purchase.

SweetWater Defense follows the traditional TD game in that enemies attack and the more you destroy, the more money earned to buy or upgrade defenses along with selling them if you wish. Buying, upgrading and selling are done by tapping on the appropriate tower. Even in the easy in levels, the game is challenging and volume of towers does not help. In fact, upgrading a few towers will work just as well if not better, and while this may sound basic, other TD games tend to be a little forgiving if you use the volume strategy.

To sum up, based on its own merits, SweetWater Defense is a solid TD game that provides a fair amount of content and replayability. Its main problem is rising above all the other TD games available for the platform. If you enjoy the TD games for what they are or are relatively new to the genre, SweetWater Defense is really no brainer and compares favorably with other TD games. For more experienced players, SweetWater Defense may not offer anything significantly new than what they’re used to.

Albie Meter: 4 Stars (this is based on its own merits and for what it offers in terms of content and gameplay—25 maps; recommended for those new to TD and to experienced players who just enjoy the genre)


Last edited by Masmo; 05-30-2009 at 08:00 AM.
05-29-2009, 04:59 AM
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I'll be waiting for some reviews.

Last edited by organerito; 05-29-2009 at 06:55 AM.

05-29-2009, 05:07 AM
This looks nice! Aside from the graphics, is there anything else that sets this apart from the other TD games? Might wait for a price drop though especially since there are cheaper good TDs as well. Stragea seems to have something to offer too and is cheaper.
05-29-2009, 05:25 AM
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Yeah, at 3.99 its a risk I'm not willing to take. Looks interesting though.
05-29-2009, 06:05 AM
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At least this one has a decent amount of levels unlike most which usualy has like 4. Might try this one.
05-29-2009, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by JesusChrist View Post
Yeah, at 3.99 its a risk I'm not willing to take. Looks interesting though.
I agree. Without a lite version, $3.99 is a bit much to drop on something like this. It looks awesome, but until some reviews come out or a lite version (or both) I won't be buying this one.

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05-29-2009, 07:14 AM
You would think there'd be some beta testers around who could comment.

Last edited by TouchChatterbox; 05-29-2009 at 07:16 AM.
05-29-2009, 07:56 AM
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Wow, I hadn't even heard anything about this coming out. It looks cool, but I agree at $3.99 I need to see some reviews first.
05-29-2009, 08:19 AM
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fine dling now
05-29-2009, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Extol View Post
fine dling now
Will be looking forward to hearing your impressions!