Jul 29, 2011
There are two basic types of tower defense game. The first type provides open maps that force the player to create a maze within the confines of the map that keeps the enemies in range of your towers for as long as possible. The second type has the enemies moving along a fixed path, forcing the player to set up towers at strategic points on that path to dispatch enemies as efficiently as possible. Generally speaking, I find the first type far more enjoyable than the second. There are a few exceptions to that rule, and Eskimo Tower Defense is one of them.
Eskimo Tower Defense tasks the player with setting up towers (in this case, Eskimos) along a fixed path to defeat the incoming waves of monsters. The problem with many fixed-path tower defense games is that the level design has to be really strong to keep the game interesting. A predictable path can make it very easy to set up adequate defenses to deal with any situation. Eskimo Tower Defense contains some very well-designed levels that force the player to plan very carefully for each incoming wave.
The controls make setting up your Eskimos a breeze. Placing each Eskimo right where you want them can be a little twitchy, but the game forces you to confirm your choice before actually placing it, making it impossible to accidentally misplace an Eskimo.
The challenge provided by each level ramps up at a good pace, and as you make your way to some of the later levels, you’ll have to place, and upgrade your Eskimos carefully in order to keep up with the onslaught of enemies. The path the enemies take won’t always be clear, and you may have to think on your feet to place a few last-second Eskimos to keep up with the waves of monsters.
Eskimo Tower defense isn’t perfect; the graphics and sound are overly simple, and a little diversity in the types of Eskimos available to you would have been nice. Still, if you’re looking for a good tower defense game for your Android device, Eskimo Tower Defense is the game for you.