Goal Defense (universal) from Dynamic Pixels takes a very strategic activity – sports – and places it in a genre it usually doesn’t find itself: tower defense. Thanks to a quirky personality and some interesting gameplay concepts, Goal Defense is a worthy, if occasionally grinding, TD experience.
Like any other tower defense game, the goal is to protect a designated base – which in this case, is a trophy – by assigning units to a board, funneling enemies into high-damage areas and collecting money to keep building and upgrading along the way. In this regard, Goal Defense is pretty straightforward across its forty levels.
But its the fun art style and lighthearted gameplay stylings that made Goal Defense enjoyable for me. Each one of the different unlockable units have their own look and animation style, all of which are amusing and very detailed. It meshes well with the clean, crisp landscapes, and gives the game a completely different look than the other bullet-filled games in the genre.
There are a few oddities down in Goal Defense that might furrow some eyebrows, however. The most noticeable among these is the lack of an endless/survival mode, a standard for the tower defense genre, and something Defense is sorely missing.
Having this mode would make it a little bit easier to open the more difficult to unlock units, which push players towards IAP’s for consumable gems a little more than some might like. Also, there’s no tutorial or explanatory text box for the different units, so there is an element of trial and error not usually found in TD games.
Goal Defense‘s (universal) combination of goofy, charming visuals and rock solid tower defense gameplay make it another quality title in the genre – the latest in what’s been a very strong month for iOS strategy fans. It’s not the most complex of games, but Goal Defense is a fun, amusing tower defense game worth a download for hardcore and casual players.