Fieldrunners HD is an open-field tower defense game, meaning that the enemies are trying to get from point A to point B, and will take the quickest route to get there. As such, the player must try to construct the most convoluted route for the enemies, so they can take the most damage from the towers in their path, hopefully killing them before they reach the base. This is an HD re-release of the Fieldrunners game, featuring redone and redrawn artwork, optimized for high-resolution phones and tablet screens.
The game does look great on tablets, wand I’m not just referring to the artwork, which does look good on high-resolution screens. The game makes great use of widescreen 1280×800 screens, and is a great title to show off the tablet with. Fieldrunners is one of the originators of the open-field tower defense genre, and it’s still one of the better ones. It requires a bit more creativity than the traditional fixed-path tower defense gameplay provides. As well, the multiple maps will mean plenty of gameplay length to be had from the game.
Fieldrunners HD is a re-release of a game that’s several years old at this point, and is available on many platforms already, so it’s not a new game at all. Now, to unlock the Extended and Endless modes, 100 waves have to be survived. On the first level, this takes about an hour to do. This is very long and drawn out, and well past the point where it’s actually fun any more. Frankly, I only stuck around because I wanted to see if I could actually do it. Actual interest would have led me elsewhere. If the sessions were shorter and more difficult, that would be far more entertaining, and far more portable-friendly. On tablet resolution, it’s not possible to zoom in very far, which can make it hard to put units on the bottom squares of the map, because the “buy” button is slightly obscured by the unit buying controls at the bottom.
Fieldrunners HD’s appeal will largely be to tablet owners and to those who still are not entirely experienced with this game that’s existed on a variety of mobile platforms for years. This is still a solid open-field tower defense game, though.
Another week, another slate of new releases of games for Android, in particular some more new games making their way from iOS.
BackStab: This is Gameloft’s newest 3D action game, putting players in control of 18th century British naval officer Henry Blake, who is out for revenge on those who murdered his family. The game involves a stealth, and exploration of the 10 square kilometer island with three cities to explore. The game has had an interesting history, being first released as an exclusive for the Xperia Play, then as a universal app for iOS, and now finally for Android at large. Similar to other recent Gameloft releases, the device list is limited to largely phones released in the past year. The Android Market page for the game lists all compatible devices. The game is available for $6.99.
Fieldrunners HD: One of the original iOS tower defense games, and having made its way to various other platforms along the way, Subatomic Studios has finally released the game for Android. The HD in “Fieldrunners HD” stands for the fact that the game’s art assets have been redesigned for high-resolution Android devices, including Android tablets, so this is quite possibly the best-looking version of the game yet. The game is available as a limited-time exclusive from the Amazon AppStore.
Cut the Rope Paid: While the game recently released for free on GetJar, a paid ad-free version of the game has been released on both the Android Market and Amazon AppStore for $0.99. The free version of the game is otherwise the same as the paid version. As well, in an interview conducted with the developers to air on The Portable Podcast this Thursday, some changes have been made to the Andorud version of the game in order to support the various resolutions of Android devices, along with devices that don’t support multitouch. Some levels have been redesigned, in particular.