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Comet Crash review

Drops a smart bomb on tower defense

For

  • Innovates on tower defense
  • Can control a ship with a gravity beam
  • Can construct your own attacking units

Against

  • Still just another tower defense game at heart
  • Screen can feel cluttered
  • Doesn't look super pretty

Innovation is typically thin on the ground in tower defense games. Under the hood, very little changes: you%26rsquo;re still protecting your base - typically in a top-down perspective - by placing turrets and obstacles in the path of oncoming enemies.

Well, Comet Crash innovates. You still do all of the above, but you do it while controlling a spaceship. It%26rsquo;s more exciting than simply guiding a cursor, and it comes with an additional function: you can grab roaming asteroids with your gravity beam. Bring these within shooting distance of turrets and they%26rsquo;ll break it apart, revealing precious Thorium, which you use to build structures. The other novelty is the ability to construct your own attacking units and direct them to the enemy%26rsquo;s base. Indeed, that%26rsquo;s how you clear the game%26rsquo;s stages.

These are strategy elements dropped recklessly into a tower defense game, but they gel superbly: the controls are intuitive and the action fast, making this a satisfying PSN title.

Oct 29, 2009

More Info

GenreStrategy
Description<p>The controls are intuitive and the action fast, making this a satisfying PSN title.</p>
PlatformPS3
US censor ratingEveryone
UK censor rating3+
Release date:2 April 2009 (US), (UK)
Available platforms:PS3
Genre:Strategy

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

When he's not dying repeatedly in roguelikes, Tom spends most of his working days writing freelance articles, watching ITV game shows, or acting as a butler for his cat. He's been writing about games since 2008, and he's still waiting on that Vagrant Story 2 reveal.
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