Heal Them All is a new tower defense style game from Shortbreak Studios, in which players repel invading germs and viruses to save sick children. This is a game that was created in cooperation with the “Cape of Hope” foundation, which is constructing a new oncology ward in a children’s hospital in Poland.
The game, which is available as a trial version for free, donates some of the proceeds to the foundation, so not only is this a fun tower defense, it also supports a good cause.
Heal Them All is a fairly simple tower defense title. As in other games of this type, you will construct defensive buildings that battle oncoming attackers, which happen to be illnesses.
The game takes place inside of the body, so it has some pretty impressive internal-style graphics. Don’t worry, though – there’s no blood (there are some guts!) so even the most squeamish among you can play.
Your guide in the game is a handy dandy talking stethoscope, which reminded me of that old Microsoft Windows Paperclip that used to offer helpful tips. The stethoscope will let you in on the games tips and tricks, ensuring your success.
The idea is to build med towers, which dispense medicine to damage attackers. Attacking viruses and germs follow a set path through the body, so you want to set your towers along this path, where they are likely to do the most damage. You need to kill the attackers with your towers before they reach the end of the pathway, thereby infecting the host.
As you kill viruses, you will be rewarded with proteins. Proteins can be used to purchase additional towers or to upgrade the range and the power of your existing towers. Placing towers and upgrading them is all intuitive, and done with just a series of taps.
There are several different tower types you can purchase, each with a different effect, and there are different types of enemies as well. Some will be resistant to specific types of towers, so it’s important to build the right mixture of defenses.
You will also be able to ward off hordes of attacking viruses and germs with special powers. Powers will effect multiple attackers all at once. For example, the Med Spray will slow down and hurt germs.
The game will get harder as you move through the levels, with more resiliant viruses and more attackers in general, so you must keep up with a good balance of towers and upgrades. Some tower defense games can be impossibly hard, but Heal Them All has a good difficulty ratio. It’s not too hard, but it’s also not overly easy. There are even boss fights to deal with, which will keep you on your toes.
There are three different campaigns in Heal Them All. You can play through the first part of the game for free, but unlocking the entire game costs $1.99 in the app. It’s a fun game, so the unlock is worth the price, and the proceeds go to a worthy cause.
What I liked: I liked the game’s graphics, which were a bit gross because the game takes place inside the body. I liked the evil design of the viruses, and the bright colors really worked well.
What I didn’t like: I don’t have too many complaints about Heal Them All. It’s a solid tower defense game, though it maybe ranges on the easy side in the beginning. That’s okay though, because it means kids can get into this game too.
To buy or not to buy: Heal Them All is free to download and worth checking out, especially if you enjoy tower defense games.
- App Name: Heal Them All
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Games
- Developer: Shortbreak Studios
- Price: Free