It’s Jelly vs. Jelly in this ooey gooey tower defense game from Infinite Dreams. Join up with the home team in a fierce battle against the minion-spawning invaders. Do you have the tactical skills to save the Diploglobe and the Jelly Nation?
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to protect the green gems from falling into the hands of the enemy. To do so, you must build a series of defensive towers to shoot projectiles at the foes as they make their way towards your stash.
Towers and attacking enemies both come in two basic varieties: red and blue. The game starts with three types of towers: red, blue, and red/blue. Red towers will only attack red monsters, blue towers will only attack blue monsters, and red/blue towers will attack both, but with lower damage. As the game progresses, new types of towers are introduced, but they all follow the same red and blue color scheme.
This color dichotomy can be difficult to deal with, and you must find the best combination of towers to succeed in protecting the gems. There are ten gems in all, and when an attacker gets past your defenses, it will steal a gem. For the best score, you need to finish with all ten, and if you lose all of your gems, you will need to replay the level. Attackers that are destroyed drop coins, which you must tap to pick up. The coins are then used to build and upgrade towers.
An inventor tree allows you to research new types of towers, and power-ups will help you when things start falling apart. Some power-ups drop coins, while others instantly upgrade all of your towers. There’s also an earthquake, which will destroy large groups of attackers.
This is one tough tower defense game. Beginners and even some experienced tower defense players will find themselves redoing levels again and again. Proper placement and timing are of utmost importance, especially during later levels, but a greater challenge equals a greater sense of accomplishment when it’s all over.
For you competitive types, Jelly Defense offers Game Center integration with leaderboards and plenty of achievements to earn.
What I liked: The black and white background graphics are amazing, and contrast beautifully with the bright colors of the jellies. This was a joy to play, not only for the graphics, but also for the gameplay.
What I didn’t like: This game is tough, and might prove to be a challenge for those unexperienced with tower defense games. The newest update mentions a casual mode, but I couldn’t find the option anywhere on the main menu. A little research revealed that it’s enabled after the fifth defeat on any map, but an on/off button is would be preferable.
To buy or not to buy: This universal app is a must buy for tower defense lovers and casual gamers alike. There’s nothing quite like it in the App Store, and you won’t be disappointed with the gameplay.
- App Name: Jelly Defense
- Version Reviewed: 1.06
- Category: Games
- Developer: Infinite Dreams
- Price: $2.99