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Jelly Defense Review
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Jelly Defense, a sweet and stylish tower defense game from Infinite Dreams, is now available from the app store. Featuring color-based combat, terrific graphics, and a polished presentation, Jelly Defense is a great introduction to the genre for newbies and a challenging offering for longtime fans, too.

Jelly Defense Pros:

  • Gorgeous graphics and fun animations
  • Quirky, upbeat soundtrack
  • Simple and intuitive controls
  • Challenging gameplay requiring sound strategy
  • GameCenter integration for leaderboards and achievements

Jelly Defense Cons:

  • Difficulty can be frustrating at times

It is your task to help the Jelly people defend their precious emeralds from the greedy evil monsters. The enemies follow fixed paths toward the bounty, though there can be multiple starting points or forks along the way. There are specific locations where you can place Jelly towers, and each has a unique attack style, speed, range, and target. Of note is the colors of the towers and enemies, which come in both red and blue varieties. Blue towers can only attack blue enemies, and red towers take on red enemies. There is a multi-colored tower that can target both. A special tree allows you to create new tower types, which become available to use in the 20+ level campaign. Destroyed enemies will often leave behind coins or special power-ups that you can tap to collect. The coins are used to purchase new towers or upgrade existing ones. Power-ups can have an instant effect, like the coin drop power, or a delayed power that is activated at a time of your choosing by dragging an icon onto the gaming area.

Gameplay isn’t exactly fast-paced, though things can get hectic quickly. Each level has a set number of waves that you must survive, and the latter stages often send large groups of monsters that can be difficult to eradicate without a proper plan. Just when you think you’ve got decent defenses, extra wide paths allow the enemies to easily skirt around your armament. Selling off towers and having the necessary defenses in place for the current enemies is crucial. It’s a more cerebral effort than its cute graphics would have you think. The visual style is unique and beautiful, highlighting the colors of the towers and enemies by washing the non-essential background elements in grayscale. The important colors pop, the graphics are crisp and simple, and the animations are enjoyable, right down to the way the towers sort of expand and burst into existence once placed. The audio is upbeat and pleasant, despite its unintelligible lyrics. Controls are tap- and drag-based, following the typical conventions of other defense titles. The most notable difference is the requirement to hold the sell button rather than just tap, ensuring that you don’t accidentally sell a tower.

Replay value is great, as you can replay previously-beaten levels to raise your score. GameCenter integration allows for a bunch of global leaderboards and more than 2 dozen achievements, too. A Jellypedia presents you with info about enemies, towers, and power-ups to aid you in honing your strategy. A universal app on sale for $0.99 (regularly $2.99), Jelly Defense is a great 4.5-Dimple stud.

Jelly Defense Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2011-09-29T00:52:13+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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