Before Fieldrunners 2, I was a tower defense game virgin. Because I’m probably the only forty year old tower defense virgin, I’ll skip explaining what a tower defense game is. Fieldrunners 2 is a sequel loaded with content, cute visuals, and challenging levels. Here are my thoughts:
It’s A Fieldrunners Massacre
There are dozens of ways you can murder the little clones. Plagues, bullets, fire, bombs, electricity, fire, lazer beams, bees, and so on. These modes of death are not limited to towers, however. Completing missions earns you gold, which you can then spend on unlocking awesome looking towers or items to kill the clones in unique ways. Most towers are unlocked by earning stars when beating missions.
The goal just isn’t how efficiently you can wipe out the Fieldrunners with your mazes of towers, but how many stars you can get your hands on. Even if you’ve beaten all the missions, you want to go back and beat them again on the tough and hard modes. It’s all about the star power.
An iPhone Only Release So Far…
But the game still looks hot on the iPad (equally sexy on the iPhone). The visuals are crisp, clean, and colourful. The tone of Fieldrunners 2 isn’t serious, allowing the desecration of all the clones to be even more fun. I found the Fieldrunners, in all their varieties, felt like they were inspired by the characters from Team Fortress 2 in their design. I saw a bit of the medic, the soldier, the heavy, and the pyro. Still, Fieldrunners 2 has its own unique charm.
Each hand crafted level presents puzzle like challenges. One map, in the desert area, urged me to build my tower maze to send the Fieldrunners in circles — a level I’m still stumped by. That’s what’s fun about Fieldrunners 2, though. Strategy and the perfect tower placement is key to defeating the army of clones, and when you see the victory emblem after a missions, you feel superb.
Premium or Freemium?
In a market dominated by freemium and premium games, I am happy to finally play a game that is neither. No advantages given to people who have the luck to find loonies in grocery store parking lots, or to kids who ‘borrow’ their parents credit card. All towers and levels are earned through hard work, like a classic game. And Fieldrunners 2 is the fair price of 2.99$. For the amount of content and being glitch free, I think Fielderunners 2 is worth 7.99$. The quality of this game’s content supersedes Gamelofts latest Batman and Spiderman movie games.
Even if you’ve never played a tower defense game, or haven’t been a fan, I suggest purchasing this game. Whether playing on an iPad or iPhone, the game’s still great. I really like the challenge Fieldrunners 2 offers. I haven’t plowed through all the missions in a single sitting. I’ve found my self laying on my bed, thinking what the best strategy is to beating certain levels. Fieldrunners 2 is a winner.