If gamers ares looking for a fresh challenge Human Defense (universal) is a great place to find it. This game from French developer Heliceum is part tower defense, part half strategy and all fun. Human Defense isn’t for casual gamers, but its ideal for those who like to put in time and concentration to succeed.
The concept is simple enough: defend the body from the attacking virus by building weapons using nutrients to get rid of enemies. The twist, however, is that instead of being awarded points to put toward weapon creation, which is the standard in most TD games, Human Defense limits the amount of nutrients in each level. Some need to be put toward weapon building, while some are needed to help the organ under attack. All of this encourages careful consideration of where to send each precious nutrient as the various viruses attack in waves.
Human Defense really stands apart from most other games in the bloated tower-defense genre. The fact that winning isn’t solely based upon building the most advanced towers possible but actually requires a bit of thought should please anyone looking for a new experience.
There are two gameplay modes. Adventure takes players through various organs and gradually steps up the difficulty with about five hours worth of gameplay. Of course, anyone looking for a particularly difficult challenge can play Emergency mode, which is unlocked after completing the third chapter in Adventure. Emergency allows players to take a shot at fending off endless waves of viral attacks. In both, viruses have the capacity to evolve if not eliminated.
Switches allow players to dictate what goes to the organ and what does not, but after a certain point viruses can evolve to the point where they’re able to bypass the switches and attack the organ directly. This’s why choosing whether a certain wave of nutrients is used for weapons or defense. If players fail to support the organ at the right time it will fail, but not eliminating viruses with powerful weapons before they finish evolving is a dangerous gamble.
Where Human Defense fails is in explaining what each virus, nutrient and weapon is capable of doing. The tutorial left me wanting more details.Entering Adventure mode blindly guessing at what might work best is not the best way to make a ne friend. Additional information is available in the Lab section on the home screen, but a more in-depth tutorial would make this game much more accessible.
The excellent core gameplay and solid controls certainly outweigh the one issue. Human Defense is a great choice for tower defense or strategy game aficionados in search of a new experience.