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I really wasn’t ready for the end of summer right now. Then I got a hold of Monster Kill from Itunes. This great Halloween themed game will have you ready for pumpkin carving and costume parties in no time. Find out in this review why this simple wall defense game does so well.
This game pits you against a variety of monsters who are intent on eating your brains. Luckily, you have magical powers that can be used to slice and dice the monsters into bleeding pieces. Make it past the level and you are awarded with money and tokens that can be used to make your powers stronger and your defensive wall bigger.
The game features three distinct game modes. The normal mode is 20 progressively more difficult rounds one right after another. This mode introduces you to each of the various spells and characters in a paced fashion that allows you to learn the ropes without drowning to quickly. As I mentioned you are taken to a shop after each level and allowed to upgrade your wall or your powers adding a layer of strategy to the game.
The game also has an endless mode that challenges you to see how many levels you can get through without dying. Earn a high score or capture achievements and post them on the Open Feint score board to see how you compare to the world. The Onslaught game mode involves no walls and 20 tokens that are spent at the beginning. 101 and monsters stream down the screen – see how many you can stop.
The visuals in this game are really great. When you cut off a mummy’s head blood squirts out his neck in a fountain and his head bounces to the ground. The lightning and fire ball animations are also awesome. The game supports your own music but the Halloween themed music kept me listening to the original soundtrack.
My only beef with this game involves the magic meter. In order to perform any move your magic power has to be charged up. If you run out of magic you have to helpless watch as the monsters tear down your wall. One of the shop items was faster magic regeneration. In one game I did nothing but upgrade this. I still found the magic drained way too quickly.
I think the game’s developer failed to account for miss-registered swipes and as a result unintentionally made the magic meter very unforgiving. There is nothing more frustrating than having 5 vampires beating on your wall while you wait for the dang magic meter to recharge.
The controls in this game are all finger swipes. Draw a giant v for an ice block or a zig zag for a lightning bolt. The application correctly guessed my intended strike more often than not. Unfortunately, you will find the lighting bolts will often miss.
When the monsters are busy destroying your wall the finger swipes tend to be less accurate. It is hard to determine whether this is more from the frantic nature of your swipes or interference from the wall.
What We Liked:
+ Awesome death animations
+ Great game modes for extended replay
+ Strategy elements
+ Halloween Theme
What We Disliked:
– Magic power drains far too quickly
– Can be difficult to make a kill at the wall
If I reviewed this game in August or November I would probably care about it much less. The Halloween theme hit me at just the right time. The animations and music all really hit a chord right now. At the current price point this game is worth checking out. Just do it now – burning a mummy is a lot less satisfying in December.