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March 17, 2010

Bloons Tower Defense 4

Filed under: Free, Linux, Macintosh, Puzzle & Casual, WindowsHeath @ 06:30

This one looks easy doesn't it? Doesn't it?

Bloons Tower Defense 4

If there is one thing we can be certain of, it’s that monkeys hate balloons in the Bloons universe. In this case, it is imperative that you protect an unnamed off-screen entity from a never ending onslaught of balloons! Some of which originate mere pixels away! Good thing you have monkeys armed with darts, banana plantations and guys who squirt glue.

But this is just the beginning. As with any tower defence game, you have myriad types of towers to upgrade. One thing this game brings to the table is an interesting unlock system. You have to pop a certain number of balloons to unlock certain towers. On top of this, there are 6 maps, and you can play each one on 4 different levels: Easy, Medium, Hard and Apocalypse. If you try to beat this game, you’re going to be in it for the long haul.

The graphics and music can be misleading, making this seem like a simple time-waster. It’s not. In my opinion it’s the best tower defence out there.

Trust me it gets far, far worse than this.

Technical

The interface is very straightforward, which is great. The only thing I would have liked is a better explanation as to how to upgrade your towers after you have placed them. They mention it in passing during the first round, but that must have slipped past me, because I only learned about it during round five when I accidentally clicked on a tower.

In addition, the save system is not very intuitive. Enjoying this game on anything but a basic level means having to save your progress, which means creating a profile, something I don’t care to do. You know what though, I did it anyway.

One thing that this had going for it is that there is a pause between rounds. This is huge. Not only does this mean you can take your time and plan your builds, but it makes integrating the game into your work life a little easier.

There’s a system of keyboard shortcuts for all the towers too, which really is just the icing on the cake.

Final Verdict

I was pleasantly surprised by this game. I am not a fan of tower defence games, but this one had me hooked for 3 days straight. It is a surprisingly deep game, and with its easy and fun interface, it is a great game for just about anybody, from the hardcore gamer to the casual internet denizen.

Bloons Tower Defense 4

 ★★★★★ 

Gameplay:★★★★★ 
Technical:★★★★☆ 
A fun and easy but deep tower defense game.

Game: Bloons Tower Defense 4 | Developer: Ninja Kiwi

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