GAME NAME: Anomaly: Warzone Earth
DEVELOPER(S): 11 bit studios
PLATFORM(S): Xbox 360
RELEASE DATE(S): 6 April 2012
There are many tower defence games out there at the moment and for the most part they all stick to the same formula: build up your defensive structures and survive as many enemy waves as you can. To see a game like Anomaly Warzone Earth take that concept and throw their own spin on it is quite refreshing.
You can call it a tower defence game, except with the roles reversed. The towers are the enemies, and you control a convoy of units that you have to navigate through the enemy defences. You don’t control the units directly; instead you have to plot a route for them to take. This is done on the fly by hitting the map screen button, which you will get very used to using because your planned route will often be ruined by enemy boulders dropping out of the sky.
The player controls the commander, a single unit that you use to collect pickups, deploy smoke screens as well as repair your units. Everything about this game comes down to timing, repair your convoy too early and they will not survive the enemy towers, change your route too late, and your units will walk into the valley of death. Its not the type of game you can play if you feeling half asleep so a strong cup of coffee before playing is recommended.
The story isn’t anything you are going to care about, spacecraft crash into major cities around the world and anomalies surround the wreckage of the crashed space ships. You and your team have to go check it out. The same goes with the visuals, the game isn’t ugly but you are certainly not going to care about a few low quality textures as you frantically switch between your map, and speed your commander around at lighting speeds to tend to your units. The game focuses on pure addictive game play and it focuses really well.
There are several upgrades you can add to your unit’s ranging from more powerful weapons to better armour, and your units can rank up if they survive a level, making them even more deadly for the next gauntlet. If you are a fan of tower defence games or real time strategy, the 800 Microsoft points are very well spent. But you are not missing out if you don’t have an Xbox 360 because the game is on many platforms ranging from iOS, Android, PC and Mac, so everyone can get their tower defence on.