Anomaly Warzone Earth is one of the highest rated IOS games of all time and it did great on the PC as well. The developers always had an Xbox Controller in mind when making the game and earlier this month it finally made its way to XBLA. Taking on the role of the commander and being offensive is definitely a twist to the formula, but it also brings a fresh new flavor to a genre where we see many releases that aren’t worth your time.
Offensive: When 11 Bit Studios first mentioned they would be releasing a tower defense game where you are the antagonist instead of the one defending I was highly intrigued. They have pulled off the execution perfectly and it just feels natural to flip the roles. You are trying to figure out the mysteries to an alien invasion and plan your route around their defenses. You can add new units to your squad as you gain money for defeating enemy towers, or you can use that money to upgrade your current units. You play as the commander, running alongside your units and deploying different power ups you collect to help your squad.
Avatar Awards: The game has some really nice avatar awards for completing specific objectives and there is even a gamer picture to be unlocked. If you complete the first mission you get the commanders battle shirt, completion of a tactical trial will get you his pants, and finishing the story will net you his helmet. This outfit is even done very well and it shows that the developers love their creation.
Progression: The game adds new enemies and units in a way that gets you used to them before throwing tons of them at you. The difficulty progresses in a way that lets you actual learn about things before using them to make things much more challenging. You feel like you have a slight tutorial in each level so that you aren’t going in blind. Playing on the easiest difficulty even gets challenging at some points in the game and the harder difficulties will let the elite players shine.
Multiplayer: While this isn’t a huge deal because the game truly shines as a single player experience, multiplayer could have been an interesting addition. The developers mentioned in our interview with them that at one time they were developing multiplayer and decided to scrap it to make a great single player experience. It would have been interesting to see how they executed this and I have faith it would have been amazing. Even if it was a 1v1 match mode with one person on offense while the other was on defense I could see it being great fun.
Anomaly Warzone Earth delivers an outstanding package. It may be the game we needed to let the sub-genre of tower offense rise up. The game is only ten dollars and even people with small amounts of space can experience it because it is only a 350 mb game. The new additions of tactical trials add more gameplay than the other versions have had and make it even more worth the price. It is easy to pick up and play and the ones that want to perfect it and climb the leaderboards will not be disappointed either. I would recommend everyone pick up the game or at least try it out as it is one of my personal XBLA GOTY contenders so far.